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Windows 7: Windows Installation Not in English, Can I Force It To Run In English?

06 Nov 2011   #1

Vista Ultimate 64
Windows Installation Not in English, Can I Force It To Run In English?

Hello everyone, my first post here, i hope you can help.

My girlfriend has a new-ish laptop that came with Windows 7 Home Premium, and recently it had some issues. The issues have got worse and it turned out to be a stuffed drive, out of warranty, its basically stuffed.

I got a new HD and installed it, but when i went digging for the Windows disc that came with it i couldn't find it. Some googling tells me that this laptop does not come with any install discs (seriously, wtf?!) only some manuals and other paper work. There was however a recovery drive which i assume was a partition for re-installing windows and the rest of the included bloat ware.

Without a Windows 7 disc we could not install it on the new drive, so i downloaded an ISO on my machine and created a DVD, but the idiot i am, i downloaded it in the wrong language. I didn't notice the NL at the end of the file, which im assuming is Netherlands? Please excuse my language ignorance if im wrong.

I know downloading software is wrong, i dont need a lecture. I'm just not going to pay for another copy of Windows 7 because the scumbag laptop manufacturer wont even include a bloody install disc!

I have the product key of course, luckily the sticker on the bottom of the laptop was still visible.

Sure i could download another ISO, but being bad once is enough for me and our net is pretty slow, it took 4 days to DL this copy!

Hope someone can help!

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06 Nov 2011   #2

Windows 7 32 bit

I would download or borrow an English language Windows Seven DVD. Install it with no product key. You have 30 days to evaluate. Also you can extend that period several times. It's not illegal. See this tutorial:

By that time you should be able to determine you have everything working and can then find out what you need to do for activation to keep it permanently.
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06 Nov 2011   #3

Vista Ultimate 64

Hi, thanks for the reply. Activation is not a problem, we have the product key, its more of an issue with not being able to obtain another version to install. I don't know anyone i can borrow a disc from and i really don't want to download another ISO.

I suppose i could use google and slowly translate the setup process.. haha, could be a nightmare!
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06 Nov 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP


If you can't borrow any retail DVD (if necessary unlock all versions after extracting the ISO to install yours), then download from the web searching Official Win7 ISO from My Digital Life.

All the steps to get a perfect reinstall of factory OEM are here: Reinstalling Windows 7
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06 Nov 2011   #5

Windows 7 32 bit

You could try the manufacturer's support site, if they have one. They may have either a restore disc image for download that's smaller than a Windows install DVD, or they may offer a restore DVD for a nominal fee.

You don't specify any information about your machine. So I don't know where to go from here. For future reference, if you can make a backup image before the HD dies often the easy way to go is back up to an external drive with an imaging program like Macrium or Easus ToDo, then restore or clone to the new drive.

You can find a list of such free programs on
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