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  • Question

  • Hi.

    My laptop has Windows 7 Professional 64-bit OS (English).  I have to download Japanese software into my laptop, and that requires my laptop to have a Japanese 32-bit OS.  Some of the Japanese software requires XP, or XP Mode, which is why I need the Windows Professional.  What would be my best option?

    1.  If I need to purchase a Japanese version Windows 7 Professional 32-bit, where can I find it?  I looked through the microsoft website but could not find a Japanese OS for sale.

    2.  (After reading a few threads on the forums), If I get the Windows 7 Ultimate, would I be able to change the OS language from English to Japanese, and from 64-bit to 32-bit.  Is it possible to get XP Mode on Windows Ultimate?

    Thank you in advance for you help,

    Tak

    Monday, August 27, 2012 7:38 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    You could choose the local website to purchase the local edition of Windows 7:

    http://windows.microsoft.com/ja-JP/windows/shop/windows-7/professional

    If you install Windows 7 Ultimate, you can download the language pack to change the OS language. Windows XP mode is available in Windows 7 Ultimate.


    Alex Zhao

    TechNet Community Support


    • Edited by Cloud_TS Tuesday, August 28, 2012 6:37 AM
    • Marked as answer by Cloud_TS Monday, September 3, 2012 2:14 AM
    Tuesday, August 28, 2012 6:36 AM
  • Hi,

    Based on the description of this product, it states as below:

    • This product includes both 32- and 64-bit versions for a single computer.

    So you are right, you can get the 32-bit Windows 7, and 32-bit OS should work on 64-bit processor, because it has the 32-bit instructions.


    Alex Zhao

    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Cloud_TS Monday, September 3, 2012 2:14 AM
    Thursday, August 30, 2012 2:01 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

    You could choose the local website to purchase the local edition of Windows 7:

    http://windows.microsoft.com/ja-JP/windows/shop/windows-7/professional

    If you install Windows 7 Ultimate, you can download the language pack to change the OS language. Windows XP mode is available in Windows 7 Ultimate.


    Alex Zhao

    TechNet Community Support


    • Edited by Cloud_TS Tuesday, August 28, 2012 6:37 AM
    • Marked as answer by Cloud_TS Monday, September 3, 2012 2:14 AM
    Tuesday, August 28, 2012 6:36 AM
  • I'll try doing that.

    Thank you for the help!

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012 12:48 PM
  • Hi,

    I looked at the system requirements (on an American website) for Windows 7 Professional 32-bit, and the requirement for the processor was 32-bit or 64-bit, so I think that I can install a 32-bit Windows into my 64-bit laptop, but could you please confirm that?

    Also, on the link you posted, it doesn't state whether the OS is 32-bit or 64-bit.  Do I buy the installation disc from the link and choose between 32-bit and 64-bit at the time of installation?  Or do I have to get a "Japanese ver. Windows 7 Professional 32-bit" installation disc?

    Thank you,

    Tak

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012 1:33 PM
  • I did some more research and it seems that Windows 7 Professional can be used for 32-bit or 64-bit, which means that "Windows 7 Professional 32-bit" probably doesn't existhttp://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/64-bit-support.

    I guess my question now would be: When I install the "Japanese ver. Windows 7 Professional", does it automatically install the 64-bit version since my laptop is 64-bit?  Or can I choose to have it installed as 32-bit?

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    I did some more research again, and I found that I can choose the Custom Option during the Windows 7 installation, and go from 64-bit Windows to 32-bit Windows.  So now, I believe that I can install the Japanese ver. Windows 7 Professional as a 32-bit OS into my 64-bit computer.  Could you please confirm this part for me?

    Thank you,

    Tak

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012 1:42 PM
  • Hi,

    Based on the description of this product, it states as below:

    • This product includes both 32- and 64-bit versions for a single computer.

    So you are right, you can get the 32-bit Windows 7, and 32-bit OS should work on 64-bit processor, because it has the 32-bit instructions.


    Alex Zhao

    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Cloud_TS Monday, September 3, 2012 2:14 AM
    Thursday, August 30, 2012 2:01 AM
  • Thank you for the response!

    I'm good to go now.  I really appreciate the help!

    Tak

    Thursday, August 30, 2012 9:42 PM