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How to change language from Mandarin to English


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#1 Cynthia Moore

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 02:07 AM

I was given a computer by a neighbor running Win XP Home Edition, but it is all in Mandarin. I would like to change the language to English. Is there a way to do that? I tried several procedures I found online, but none of them worked, for various reasons.

 

One had a step-by-step method with detailed screenshots. It seemed like it might work, but all of the menus were in English, so they didn't match the Mandarin I saw on my screen.


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Posted 06 October 2017 - 09:56 AM

I would either:

 

a.  Contact person who gave you system and ask them to make changes required.

 

b.  Clean install an English version of XP.  IMO, this is the better option.

 

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 10:21 AM

Are you saying that each installation of Windows is for a specific language and cannot be changed? That seems to fit with my experience. On my XP machine, when I went to the Language app in Control Panel, there were no other languages to chose from.

 

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 03:50 PM

I am saying...what makes perfect sense to me...were I presented the situation you put forth.

 

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 05:06 PM

If the Windows is the Chinese edition, rather than the English version with the East Asian Language Input pack installed, then yes, that edition is specifically for Chinese language use, and would need to be replaced with a clean install of the English version as Louis says.


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Posted 06 October 2017 - 06:49 PM

If the Windows is the Chinese edition, rather than the English version with the East Asian Language Input pack installed, then yes, that edition is specifically for Chinese language use, and would need to be replaced with a clean install of the English version as Louis says.

When I got into Setup, it was all in English. I didn't see anything there about language. So I assume this means that the BIOS is the same and I could install an English version if I can find one.

 

Another problem I am having is that I can't get it to boot from a USB drive, so I can't run Killfile from LSoft.


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Posted 06 October 2017 - 10:22 PM

Let us address one issue at a time.

 

The BIOS setup language and the WIndows language are two different things

 

If you were given a system it is a reasonably safe assumption to say that it is infected

You do not want to inherit anyone else's problems

Ergo a clean load of Windows is always best

Whats the make & model of the system?

 

To change the language in XP click start

Go to Control Panel

Go to Regional and Language

(You might have to change control panel from category view to classic view to see that. Its at the top left)

Go to Regional and Language Options

Go to the Languages tab

Click the Details button

Change it in the drop down menu to English

 

I still contend that the system may be infected and should be reloaded though.


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Posted 06 October 2017 - 11:07 PM

Let us address one issue at a time.
 
The BIOS setup language and the WIndows language are two different things
 
If you were given a system it is a reasonably safe assumption to say that it is infected
You do not want to inherit anyone else's problems
Ergo a clean load of Windows is always best[/quote]
I don't about that because I intend to reformat the HDD. The machine will be donated to a school to experiment with, possibly with Linux. I promised the donor that I would delete everything before turning it over to the school.
 

 

Whats the make & model of the system?

Samsung X11, running XPHome.
 

 

To change the language in XP click start
Go to Control Panel
Go to Regional and Language
(You might have to change control panel from category view to classic view to see that. Its at the top left)
Go to Regional and Language Options
Go to the Languages tab
Click the Details button
Change it in the drop down menu to English

I tried that. It was a little tricky because everything was in Mandarin. I followed along on my XP machine and tried to select matching icons. When I got the the language drop down, there was only 1 option, which I assume was Mandarin.
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I have a bootable USB drive with LSoft Killfile, but I cannot get it to boot from the USB. Next I'm going to try creating a bootable DVD with Killfile and booting from that.

The main reason I posted here was I thought that if I could change to English, I could work with the machine more easily.

Edited by hamluis, 07 October 2017 - 10:24 AM.

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