Change Windows XP Language

Posted on 2009-02-16
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
How can I change the language of my windows xp spanish to english without reinstalling windows with an english copy.
Question by:alexinoa
    LVL 8

    Expert Comment

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

    LVL 27

    Expert Comment

    LVL 35

    Accepted Solution

    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 ( 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.
    LVL 50

    Expert Comment

    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

    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    Do You Know the 4 Main Threat Actor Types?

    Do you know the main threat actor types? Most attackers fall into one of four categories, each with their own favored tactics, techniques, and procedures.

    Migration of Exchange mailbox can be done with the ExProfre.exe tool. But at times, when the ExProfre.exe tool migrates the Exchange Server user profile, it results in numerous synchronization problems. Synchronization error messages appear in the e…
    Can you find a fax from a vendor you saved a decade ago in seconds? Have you ever cursed your PC under your breath during an audit because you couldn’t find the requested statement or driver history?  If you answered no to the first question or yes …
    This video is in connection to the article "The case of a missing mobile phone (". It will help one to understand clearly the steps to track a lost android phone.
    Sending a Secure fax is easy with eFax Corporate ( First, Just open a new email message.  In the To field, type your recipient's fax number You can even send a secure international fax — just include t…

    758 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    12 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now