Changing Windows OS Language RRS feed

  • Question

  • How can I change the Windows OS language from French to English, or is it possible?

    I've purchased XP in France and, although I understand French, I'd like Windows in English.

    have used the 'regional language' settings for the keyboard and some of the utilities.

    Any help?

    Saturday, April 14, 2007 12:57 PM

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  • I have exactly the same problem, having bought a DELL in France and am now back in the UK.
    - did you ever get the issue resolved ?


    B o b
    Friday, July 20, 2007 8:09 PM
  • Hi. Me too,same problem with you guys..My brother bought me Acer with pre-installed Windows Vista,but in French Language too.....Is your concern solved now?


    Any help...Pls...Thanks!

    God Bless

    Wednesday, September 19, 2007 10:25 AM
  • It seems that a resolution is available if the OS is XP Professional.   I'm told that you can change language with XP Pro.

    XP Home does not, it seem, have a multilanguage option for the OS, but it is available, for Word and perhaps some othere applications.

    As for Vista - sorry, I have no idea.    It seems, that unless I go out and buy a copy of XP again, I will have to put up with silly multilanguage things between the app. and the OS like : "Do you wish to continue?"  - "Oui / Non"....

    I was going to ring DELL for some support - but they want payment, even to ask a question.....let alone problem resolution!

    Best of Luck

    B o b
    Wednesday, September 19, 2007 1:37 PM
  • Okay. This Vista gives me a bit of a headache.

    Thanks anyway...God bless!

    Sunday, September 23, 2007 6:49 AM
  • This link has some great information!





    Using Windows Installer packages for on-demand installations

    The Windows Vista operating system includes Windows Installer packages that allow users to install user interface languages on demand. For companies that support one global image, on-demand installation enables smaller and faster setups and images. If you do country/region builds or CD-based deployments, include (on a CD or network share) the Windows Installer package for each specific user interface language your company needs to support.

    To enable on-demand installations, you can publish a Windows Installer (.msi) package for each user interface language that your company supports in the appropriate Active Directory Domain Services. The Windows Installer packages are then listed as additional user interface languages in the appropriate users' Add or Remove Programs Control Panel.

    If you publish the .msi packages with the Maximum UI option, users can choose whether to install and set a specific user interface language for the current user, the default user, or both. Alternatively, to set the user account settings automatically, you can publish the .msi packages with the Basic UI option and then apply transforms to the packages.

    For example, assume that your company supports 12 different languages worldwide. Your IT department publishes those 12 Windows Installer user interface language packages in the global Active Directory Domain Services. A clerk in the Boston office (with Windows Vista with English (U.S.) as the default user interface language) can then install Italian and Japanese user interface language support when it is needed. All that the user needs to do is open the Add or Remove Programs Control Panel and select the Italian and Japanese user interface language support packages.

    For more information about Windows Installer packages and parameters for using the msiexec.exe command, see the Software Development Kit (SDK) information in the MSDN Library link on the Web Resources page (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=82396).

    Thursday, September 27, 2007 7:55 PM
  • I HAVE EXACTY the same problem!!!! I have Windows XP Professional in French and i want to change it back! If anyone finds a Language Pack download link pls tell me!!! Thx alot!


    Monday, March 3, 2008 7:14 PM