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Windows 7: Unable to change language (pack) nor Repair installing.

01 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Unable to change language (pack) nor Repair installing.

Hello, I'm new to the 7forums and I need help.
I've been trying to fix my Windows for 3 days straight now and I'm not really progressing.

This is to help you understand what situation I'm in:
I've asked my dad to help me with something and he did a little extra which messed up my register and after working on that for about a day we decided to Repair install my windows and see if it helped, he got me this Win7 SP1 ISO and upgraded and everything went just fine, but the language was in English and I was unable to change it. I've been on this forum and a few others looking for a solution and didn't quite find out what to do, what I've done so far is:
- Checking optional updates, yet there were none considering LP's and I couldn't find the 'show hidding updates' check either.
- Copying language files from another computer, which got the language into the list of selectable languages but I ended up having a 50/50 English - Dutch on my computer.
So after a lot of trying my dad got me this ISO which was included all versions including my 64 bit Ultimate SP1 version which I've been using but it was all in Dutch, so we got that problem out of the way.
But when I go to the setup it asks me where to install and when I choose the C: drive it only says it would overwrite it and I never get to those the 'Upgrade' option to Repair install.

So basically what I'm asking for here is this:
- How do I fully install this language pack into my windows? (Microsoft site hasn't been any help, couldn't find anything in optional updates and even with separate LP files I couldn't install the language, that means both trying to copy files from another computer and copying into the register and dloading from this site: Download Windows 7 MUI Language Packs (Official 32-bit and 64-bit Direct Download Links) « My Digital Life)


- How do I repair install this Dutch Windows 7 x64 Ultimate after I have repair installed another Windows 7 x64 Ultimate on my computer.

Oh and if you want to know why I don't just reinstall Windows, it's because I have 600GB of Files and Programs on it atm that I don't want to lose.

I'm sorry for the unneeded information but I thought it might help some of you understand what kind of problem I'm dealing with here.

Because I changed the subject, this should probably be moved to another section found to be more appropriate or should I just mark as fixed and make another thread considering my problem?

Alright, getting pretty close here.
We've copied almost every Dutch LP file into my own Windows and almost everything is in Dutch now, but some things can't be changed it seems.
When we create a new user account, there seems to be more in Dutch than on my own account for some reason.
(both accounts have Dutch selected as language however)
So can anyone tell me where to change account options in the Registry?
I might be able to copy the settings from the account that has more in Dutch.

For example, when I click the start menu orb there's this tab called: Devices and Printers.
When I got on the other user account which I just made it's called: Apparaten en Printers.

I suspect this to be changeable in the Registry.

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01 Jan 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP


You own Dutch Win7 Ultimate but repaired with English which has caused your problem?

Run another Repair install with Dutch Win7 Ultimate SP1. Windows 7 Digital River direct links: Multiple Languages; X86 & X64 - Page 60

Unlock any version eicfg removal tool before burning to CD to choose Ultimate.
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01 Jan 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Err I went from a Windows with a Dutch lp -> English one that can't change for some reason.
And I'm now trying to upgrade to the dutch one, but I cannot use Repair Upgrade.
If that makes sense..
They were all different ISO's too which makes it even worse.

But I'm not sure if upgrading from Dutch to English caused the problem, I don't think I can install any language at all.

So what I get now when I start up the setup.exe I get these steps:
1. choose OS type (Home premium, Ultimate etc.)
2. Where to install
3. Goes straight to installing.

So I don't think I can get a repair install anymore or I'm misunderstanding you.
Can you please point out what to do? (If it's not too much work, like in steps)

Do I download the X64 Dutch version of your link and use the program on the second link to remove/ignore the ei.cfg file?

And did you mean Repair install from DVD?
I mean, do I boot of the DVD?
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01 Jan 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP


Sorry I thought you had run a Repair Install before. It is run from the desktop choosing Upgrade install.

Do you want English version? If so use the English ISO by unlocking all versions in any other ISO of the desired bit version, burn to DVD and run Setup as Admin from desktop.
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02 Jan 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

That's what I did last time actually, I DID run the Repair Install that you linked, but I can't do it again, because it skips the option to 'Upgrade'. It just doesn't show the steps shown in the tutorial like it did when I Repair Installed last time.

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Unable to change language (pack) nor Repair installing.-win7-problem-2.jpg

Unable to change language (pack) nor Repair installing.-win7-problem-3.jpg

So basically, I get 2 questions asked and it starts installing immediately.

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02 Jan 2012   #6

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there
Goede morgen

What version of Windows are you running

If it's Ultimate or Enterprise you can install any language from the download site.

You then need to go into control panel ==> region and language ===> keyboards and languages ===>choose display language===> choose what one you want then ==> administrative settings copy settings click both boxes.

Dutch can be installed on an English based W7 install if the original W7 was English.

Home premium can't install LIP's unfortunately. I think Professional will allow you to install ONE language but you can't change it. Ultimate and Enterprise allow multiple languages.

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02 Jan 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Hello and goede morgen!

I'm running Ultimate x64 and I have always been using that one + I'm 100% sure I installed it like that.
The problem is: I cannot install the LP because it gives me this message telling me I can't install it but it gives me no reason as of why not.
I did what you suggested but nothing changed because I don't have a normally installed Dutch LP on this computer.
It's still 50/50ish English - Dutch. (It wasn't able to install before I tried to manually install it either)

I also really wouldn't mind if I could force a Repair Install by choosing the 'Upgrade' option but I have no idea if I could get that into my setup somehow. (as you can see, it is left out in my current setups in the pictures on my previous post)
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02 Jan 2012   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Your screenshots show that your computer has a 9.5 GB recovery (OEM) partition. Just use your PC specific tools to do a complete factory recovery. Consult your manual or manufacturer's website to learn how.

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02 Jan 2012   #9

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there
Good suggestion from Kari

BTW Ultimate should work like this
I'm using English (UK) W7 x-64 Ultimate with Icelandic LP installed



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02 Jan 2012   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Your screenshots show that your computer has a 9.5 GB recovery (OEM) partition. Just use your PC specific tools to do a complete factory recovery. Consult your manual or manufacturer's website to learn how.

Hi Kari

Two little problems:
1) Recovery Partition is on Disk1, not on Disk0.
2) System Reserved has a letter E:, Should not have a letter.

Hi 3viljimmy

information   Information
We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?
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