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Change my Language Pack to English (Windows 7 Professional)

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  • Hi, I bought my pc with Windows 7 Pro in Spanish. I know I can't add any other language packs with this edition. I don't want or need multi lang support, I just want my OS in English. How can I do that with out having to reinstall Windows from scratch?
    Thanks in advance
    Wednesday, October 27, 2010 4:21 PM

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  • There's no mystery. You are not supposed to use "direct download" links for language packs that are only delivered (automatically) if you either use a multi-language edition of Windows (Ultimate, Enterprise) or a server edition (2008 R2). The "DISM" command can be used to deploy single-language editions of Windows from a multilingual Windows Image, like stated in your link, but it's purpose isn't to change the UI language of a bought, single-language Windows SKU.
    "192 GB ought to be enough for anybody." (from the miniseries "Next Generation's Jokes")
    • Marked as answer by cristiang Thursday, October 28, 2010 5:19 PM
    Thursday, October 28, 2010 4:08 PM

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  • I just want my OS in English. How can I do that with out having to reinstall Windows from scratch?


    You can't with Windows 7 Professional.
    To switch language in Windows 7 Professional you'll need to reinstall. The upside to this story is you can simply reuse your current Windows Product Key. It is language independent.

    Although you don't care for the Windows 7 Enterprise/Ultimate language pack features, you might be able to achieve an English OS without reinstalling. To go from Windows 7 Professional to Windows 7 Enterprise/Ultimate you can use Windows Anytime Upgrade. This will change the edition of Windows 7 with only a single reboot (and will keep programs, settings and data). In Windows 7 Enterprise/Ultimate you can select to download and install the English language pack. You won't be able to go back to Windows 7 Professional afterwards and may need to buy a Windows 7 Enterprise/Ultimate license to get a Windows 7 Enterprise/Ultimate Product Key.

    Wednesday, October 27, 2010 5:03 PM
  • Thanks for your replay Sander,

    I don't think upgrading/buying a new license is going to work for me though

    I've read out there there is a work around for this with "dism" command but I'd need the English MUI pack (which is funny doesn't ship with Windows DVD alone with other languages in the langspack folder). Could you point me to some link for downloading this package?

    Thanks again

    Wednesday, October 27, 2010 5:46 PM
  • You could download the MUI package if someone gives you a link. The real problem, however, lies elsewhere: You can only apply this MUI to a Windows version it isn't made for, if you change some protected system files. If you do that (either by your knowledge or by using 3d party tools), your Windows will no longer be "genuine". So, it's technically doable but not really to be recommended.


    "192 GB ought to be enough for anybody." (from the miniseries "Next Generation's Jokes")
    Wednesday, October 27, 2010 6:55 PM
  • Install a Windows 7 Ultimate VM, search for updates and inside the WIndowsUpdate.log you find the link to the MUI.

    Now install the WAIK and integrate the MUI into the Windows.

    Install your Windows again and during setup you can choice which language you want to install.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd755995%28WS.10%29.aspx


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    Wednesday, October 27, 2010 11:15 PM
  • Hi everybody, am I missing something or this might be just as simple as stated here?

    (see "To add a language pack using DISM")

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd744278(WS.10).aspx 

     

    I'll still need the .cab file for english pack which I don't have. Could anyone help me getting it?

     

    Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:10 AM
  • Hi everybody, am I missing something or this might be just as simple as stated here?

    (see "To add a language pack using DISM")

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd744278(WS.10).aspx 

     

    I'll still need the .cab file for english pack which I don't have. Could anyone help me getting it?

     

    I've found this (wasn't easy at all) but, though it's from the official site, I'm not sure is still valid (could't find any description/detail for it). What's all this mystery about? Shouldn't be easier finding/getting last updated packages?

    http://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/updt/2009/08/windows6.1-kb972813-x64-en-us_483a3e51038f1a369bc5b5cdf5fc32df3ea4ad27.exe

     

     

    Thursday, October 28, 2010 10:17 AM
  • There's no mystery. You are not supposed to use "direct download" links for language packs that are only delivered (automatically) if you either use a multi-language edition of Windows (Ultimate, Enterprise) or a server edition (2008 R2). The "DISM" command can be used to deploy single-language editions of Windows from a multilingual Windows Image, like stated in your link, but it's purpose isn't to change the UI language of a bought, single-language Windows SKU.
    "192 GB ought to be enough for anybody." (from the miniseries "Next Generation's Jokes")
    • Marked as answer by cristiang Thursday, October 28, 2010 5:19 PM
    Thursday, October 28, 2010 4:08 PM
  • Thank you for marking my reply as an answer, cristiang.

    I want to add one thing: Despite of my reply - that states things as they are -, I'm not really happy with the language-restricting policies of MSFT. As a result of a more and more globalized world, we have an increasing demand of simple language-switching techniques that do NOT include a full multilingual environment, only the chance to change one UI language to another (buying a Windows version in one country, wanting to use it in another language). It would be really nice if Windows would allow this anywhere next. Few international companies need 35 installable MUI packs (some do, however), but many individuals would be glad to change one single-language edition to another single-language edition.


    "192 GB ought to be enough for anybody." (from the miniseries "Next Generation's Jokes")
    Thursday, October 28, 2010 8:26 PM
  • Exactly, thank you for your replay
    Friday, October 29, 2010 8:14 AM
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