Win 7 reverts to original language after all control panel settings have been changed to english RRS feed

  • Question

  • Windows 7 was originally installed with French as the language.

    I have returned to the US, and I want my computer to move with me.

    I have changed all settings under 'Region and Language' to English, United States.

    Unfortunately, the machine reverts to French when rebooted.

    I am assuming something in the registry is hosed. I haven't been able to find it.

    I am open to suggestions!


    Friday, October 19, 2012 12:15 AM


All replies

  • jwizardc,

    To install a different language - Multilingual User Interface (MUI) - you need to have Windows 7 Ultimate.

    Anytime Upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate
    Type Anytime Upgrade in the Search programs and files box in the Start menu and click on the Windows Anytime Upgrade icon.  From there, you can buy an Anytime Upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate. Then your can enter your Anytime Upgrade product key and perform a simple upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate so you can install a different language.

    If you are in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the US you can use Anytime Upgrade. If not you will need to buy Windows 7 Ultimate, or buy Windows 7 in the language you need.

    Install Language Pack in Windows 7 Ultimate

    1. Start -> All Programs --> Windows Update --> Optional Updates.
    2. Open optional Updates and go to the section Windows 7 Language Packs.
    3. Tick the Language Pack you want and hit OK
    4. Proceed with Install Updates
    5. Depiction of Windows 7 downloading a Language Pack
    6. Automatic install initiated after download

    How to change the Windows 7 Display Language:

    1. Go to Start -> Control Panel -> Clock, Language, and Region / Change the display language
    2. Switch the display language in the Choose a display language dropdown menu.
    3. Click OK
    4. Log off for the changes to take effect (This will affect only the user profile under which you are currently logged on).

    Thank You,
    Dell-Jesse L
    Dell Social Media and Communities

    Friday, October 19, 2012 12:33 PM
  • Thank you very much for your response.

    This is Windows 7 Ultimate. The English language pack is installed.

    I have changed the language in the Region and Language section of the control panel. Also, I have changed the default location to United States.

    When I start my computer, the logon dialog is in French. My Avast anti-virus announcements are French. When I download a program it downloads the French version.



    Sunday, October 21, 2012 2:33 AM
  • Hi,

    I suggest you check the following thread to change the language settings

    how to change windows 7 ultimate lanuage from japanese to english


    Also, here a guide about setting the language:

    Windows 7 - Region and Language – Change


    Hope this helps.

    Vincent Wang

    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Leo Huang Monday, November 5, 2012 8:09 AM
    Monday, October 22, 2012 9:02 AM