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Icon 1 posted April 18, 2009 01:46      Profile for fs   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
My Eee came with Windows XP, and I decided to set it up dual boot, rather than wiping it completely, so I can play some old Windows games that don't run well under Wine.

Now, because I got it in Sweden, the menus and system messages and everything are all in Swedish. How can I change that to English? I've tried googling and following various directions, but nothing seems to work.

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You can't. Period. You'll need to get an English version and license.

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Ugh, I was afraid of something like that.

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Icon 1 posted April 23, 2009 07:32      Profile for CommanderShroom     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Not entirely certain that is the case. You can change the base system language for a lot of Windows' apps. Though it can be kind of wonky.

First go into the Language Options in the Control Panel.

Go to Advanced and change the language in the drop down menu. Check the box marked "Apply all settings...." and click Apply. It is gonna want you to reboot, don't.

Then go to the Languages tab. Click Details and select your primary keyboard language. Then go into the Advanced tab in that section and click on "Extend Support of..." Another Apply and OK. And again do not allow it to reboot.

Then go back over to the Regional Options tab. Now change the Format over to the style you need. Click OK and NOW you can reboot.

Mind you, I don't believe that most of the online tutorials mention this way of doing it. But I have always had mixed results when I do it any other way.

A few things to note. Changing the system language doesn't seem to change anything with Windows itself, you will still have system files and folders named the way you had it. What will change is the text you input from that point on and how some programs will work with you. ie icons in Word and such.

Really the foreign language support in Windows is limited WRT to changing it around. I have to do this regularly to test our other language versions of our software (Can't read anything but English, but really we just want to be sure that our stuff at least "Appears" correct).

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Shroom: The actual system messages can only be had in a certain language edition of Windows. There is a 'multi-language pack' available, but it costs ~$150.

n.b. This is based on past research about XP - I can't speak to anything more current.

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On a related note, At work I have a computer running XP in English, but every so often, it wil throw up an error message or dialogue box in German. It may have been used by a German at some point, so may have a linguistic nostalgia. I'm not sure if it is application specific and I'm generally able to hit the OK.

Any ideas?

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quote:
Originally posted by littlefish:
On a related note, At work I have a computer running XP in English, but every so often, it wil throw up an error message or dialogue box in German. It may have been used by a German at some point, so may have a linguistic nostalgia. I'm not sure if it is application specific and I'm generally able to hit the OK.

Any ideas?

A screenshot might help.

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Icon 1 posted April 29, 2009 05:35      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
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So, the first message popped up when trying to close the text editor window without saving. I can work out that it says "Do you want to save?" or something along those lines. The 2nd box popped up when I had edited the screen grab in paint and says a similar thing, but I could not resist sharing the juxtaposition.

Note, all the menus and so on are in English, so only a bit of it is whacky.

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lf: That's *really* strange. That message should *NOT* appear in Paint.

Is it possible he might have installed a service pack (like SP3) on the machine...in German? The only thing I can think of is for key system resources to have been replaced...and it shouldn't be possible to do that, unless it was a M$ change -- like a service pack.

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Bizarre indeed, try reinstalling Windows service packs by redownloading the installers.

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