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#1 archiebrown

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 12:20 AM

Does anyone know how I can completely change Windows XP operating system from Spanish to English. I bought a laptop from a woman from Spain not knowing it had Spanish as the operating system. I've tried the Control panel options with partial mixed results. Wondering if I bought an English version of XP restore disk if this would do it. Or do I have to buy a completely new operation system in English>>???

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 10:52 AM

Hi archiebrown, to change the language that is displayed in Windows XP go to:

Start> Control Panel> Clock, Language, and Region> Regional and Language Options

Then click on the tab that says Keyboards and Languages

Then under Display Languages click the drop down list and pick the language you want and then of course hit Ok

Now even though you will end up going from Spanish to English, separate programs not installed or already on the interface of your Windows XP if they happened to be in Spanish will not change unless they support Unicode which is to be frank the ability to change the programs language, but this shouldn't be a program since pretty much every program comes in English and you do not plan on switching it back to any other language than English. If this part confuses you just ignore it lol :D. This should work for XP but i personally haven't tried it, reply if a part where i said to go doesn't exist on XP considering the article where i got my base information from is written for XP.

Goodluck! :thumbsup:

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#3 archiebrown

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 03:57 PM

Thanks, ProgramStartup. I've changed every option available in the Control panel encluding the keyboard option. I get very little english. It's hard to use the control panel because it is also in Spanish. I use a second computer to read the options in English and select accordingly. All the the menus and programs in "Start - All Programs are in Spanish. I think this is bigger than changing the control panel options.

I appreciate your help. Thanks. Anymore suggestions?

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 04:50 PM

I did some research on this last night, and it seems that the general consensus is that you will need an English version CD to change the language completely.

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 07:39 PM

dc3 is absolutely right.
Multilingual User Interface Pack allowing a total language change was introduced with Windows Vista (Business and Ultimate).

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 09:00 PM

Thanks Broni and DC3. That information was very helpful. (I suspected that) I'm thinking about downloading a free version from utorrent (so they say it's free and legal). My next question is will a Spanish version accept an English XP upgrade or do I have to format the drive and use a OEM version for new computers????

Thanks so much to both of you. Bleeping Computer saves a lot of folks $$$ that the Geek Squad would charge tons just for the information.


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Posted 29 August 2010 - 09:07 PM

I'm thinking about downloading a free version from utorrent

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 10:28 PM

I would like to take what Broni posted one step further. One of our forum rules states "No subject matter will be allowed whose purpose is to defeat existing copyright or security measures.". If you pursue this we will longer be able to help you.

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 11:07 PM

I wouldn't do anything that is illegal. I just read their website that ensures and that it is legal and lists a web address to go to for verification. If not, where can I purchase a low cost maybe used disk or recovery disk that will work with the Spanish I've got on the computer. I paid $75 for the laptop and can't afford $100 for an OS.

Thanks for the help and any further suggestions.

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 11:16 PM

where can I purchase a low cost maybe used disk or recovery disk that will work with the Spanish I've got on the computer

You can try eBay, craigslist, but you know, this is always risky.

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