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Change Windows XP Language

alexinoa
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How can I change the language of my windows xp spanish to english without reinstalling windows with an english copy.
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justinmoore14IT Manager

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Hello Alexinoa, you may want to take a look at the following article. Hope this helps.


http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/winxp/yourlanguage.mspx


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If you happen to own a MUI (= Multilingual User Interface) version of Windows, then everything will work out fine like specified in the link given by David-Howard above.

If, however, you own a generic Spanish version of XP, then the dropdown box for selecting "Language used in menus and dialogs" will be missing. Please compare this image (http://img.microsoft.com/globaldev/Images/changeUI/xp-mui.gif) from the Microsoft MUI site with the screenshot I took from a generic German version of XP.

In such a case, there is unfortunately no way that you could change your Windows from Spanish to English other than buying an English version. You could certainly change your keyboard layout to English and then type away with a UK/US keyboard, but that would not give you a Windows with dialogs, menus and messages in English.
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alexinoa--The above suggestions will only allow you to change the language in the user interface (menus and dialogs) not the language of the Registry or the operating system.  In other words it will not change the language of Windows.  For that you must buy the Microsoft® Windows® XP Multilingual User Interface Pack which is available only by a volume corporate license (quite expensive) or buying a new Windows in the language you want.  An OEM version will do.
For information on changing the language using Control Panel compared to using the Multilingual User Interface  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multilingual_User_Interface
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