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Where do programs decide on language when I install them?

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Hi,

I have a REALLY annoying situation
I installed OEM Vista from hidden partition in English with Dutch locale, money/date and US int keyboard
Now whenever I install multi language programs like Skype, they install in Dutch.
Is there a setting I can change for this? And where is it?

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by:lucidica-jamal
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Hiya,
Unfortunately, you can only change the locale in vista if you have Vista Ultimate. All other versions of Vista's locale can only be changed with a clean install of Vista in the locale that you want.

Hope that helps even though it is bad news!
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by:Michel Plungjan
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But I do not WANT to change the locale
I just want to know where the programs look.
If it looks at the locale or something else and perhaps I can fool it when I install it?

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by:lucidica-jamal
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Oh ok...
The information is here: HKEY_USERS\.Default\Control Panel\International\locale
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by:lucidica-jamal
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Also this is the registry key that show all the different locales installed on the computer:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Nls\LocaleMapIDs
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by:Michel Plungjan
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Found the solution myself :)))
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by:Michel Plungjan
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Just found and used the Microsoft Locale Builder to create en_NL with Dutch locale, money and date format and English language.
Amazing what one can find using the right google search words. Sorry to have bothered you here :)
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by:Michel Plungjan
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PS: If I wanted to change the locale, Vista allows that on my Home Vista too in the region settings.
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