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Windows 7: Changing OS language to Brazilian Portuguese

08 Oct 2011   #11

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08 Oct 2011   #12


Sincerely appreciating all comments and advice received. Oh my! With the cost of upgrading from Home Premium to Ultimate and not even buying my friend a laptop yet, I am leaning towards sending her the money to buy one in Brazil with everything up and running. Not quite the surprise I had planned but we are both silver haired and very green about this.
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08 Oct 2011   #13
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Keep the surprise and you have a few options:

1. Upgrade to Ultimate - but a new OEM license may be cheaper (check the UK prices)

2. Talk to Dell. Their systems come out of Ireland for all of Europe. I ordered a different language than what they sell in my country. Was no sweat.

3. You do not need a CD when you reinstall. The modern way is to make an image right after the installation and go back to that - a lot easier and faster (20 minutes on average). And if you keep the images up-to-date, you are always current.
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08 Oct 2011   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by speedgamer01 View Post
You will be able to do a backup, but you can't install windows from there.
When you purchase the online upgrade (only from the official microsoft page), they should give you a file and a key.
All you have to do is save the file / burn it on a dvd and write down the key to one or more papers and be sure to keep them safe.
All you get with Windows Anytime Upgrade is a product key and proof of purchase e-mailed to you so you'll need to print it off and make sure you keep it.

As for re-installing, you can either recover the system and run Windows Anytime Upgrade again or you can create a system image after the upgrade and restore from that.

The upgrade procedure is very straightforward and should take no more than 30 minutes depending on what updates need to be installed.

Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to
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08 Oct 2011   #15
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What I would do before paying for any upgrade is to find an Win7 install ISO for the desired language and attempt clean reinstalling it with the Product Key on COA sticker. Back up a Win7 backup image first plus make your Recovery Disks so you have two methods to restore if it doesn't work.

We have had mixed reports on whether the Product Key is locked to the language: some yes, some no. A recent cross-lingual clean reinstall activated no problem.

But first I would follow Wolfgang's advice to inquire about having Portuguese installed, or Theog's approach to buy a make that provides that language as a UK option.
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