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Windows 7 Update - Change language?

I managed to get a great deal on a PC from Germany last week -- or so I thought. Living up to the 'Idiot' in my handle, I simply assumed that I could change the language of the operating system.

No such luck.

The system is running Windows 7 Home Premium, in German. I'd like it to speak English, as I don't speak a word of German.

What are my choices? If I simply buy a copy of Windows 7 Anytime Update from a UK retailer, will this have what I need? Or is this simply a key code that unlocks more functionality, and I'll still need to track down a language pack after upgrading to Windows 7 Ultimate?

My concern about the second scenario is that I'll somehow have to manage to apply the language pack using the German interface... which is a little tricky. My ideal scenario would be to buy a UK DVD, stick it in, and have the upgrade done automagically.

Too much to hope for? Anyone with similar experience?
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Re: Windows 7 Update - Change language?

You need to change the language settings in the control panel. See the information in this link

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...splay-language

You may need to download additional languages if they are not already on the system but the instructions are in the link.

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You need to change the language settings in the control panel.
That's what I thought. However, if you look at the link you provided, it says:

"Applies to all editions of Windows Vista:"

Unfortunately, you can't change languages in any version of Windows 7 except Windows 7 Ultimate. I'm frustrated -- I don't want multi-language support, I just want single language support in Windows 7. But I'll need to upgrade to Ultimate in any case, it seems.

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Old 28.06.2011, 13:34
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Re: Windows 7 Update - Change language?

If it's shiny and new and apps/data are easy enough for you to restore, then doing a re-install might work.

The Windows 7 installs I've done started by asking what language you wanted to use, saying that you can't change your mind later. I've never done a re-install, but it might work.
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If it's shiny and new and apps/data are easy enough for you to restore, then doing a re-install might work.

The Windows 7 installs I've done started by asking what language you wanted to use, saying that you can't change your mind later. I've never done a re-install, but it might work.
My PC came with a license, but not a physical install disk. I think that the capability exists to create a backup/restore disk from somewhere on the system, but as everything is in German, I can't figure out how to do that.

My PC also has drivers pre-loaded for touch screen, camera, audio cards, wireless keyboard, etc. I'd rather not have to track these down again to do a clean install if I can just take the easy route of upgrading.
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Old 28.06.2011, 14:31
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Unfortunately, you can't change languages in any version of Windows 7 except Windows 7 Ultimate. I'm frustrated -- I don't want multi-language support, I just want single language support in Windows 7. But I'll need to upgrade to Ultimate in any case, it seems.
you can but not officially. I did it for my dad's laptop. There's a thread about it on the forum, but i don't remember where.

edit : it's actually here [Help needed] Windows Operating System
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Re: Windows 7 Update - Change language?

Thanks to everyone who offered to help, both here in the forum as well as in private messages. An upgrade, a second PC running Google translate, and several hours of taking Mr. Gates' name in vain, and I now have a PC that speaks English.
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