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I'm planning to upgrade my Vista 64bit Ulitmate to Windows 7 at some point and can't work out whether I need Ultimate or the Professional version.

My decision will entirely be based on what language tools for Japanese will be availlable  for the professional version.

Basically, I do not need the interface to be in Japanese but I do need to be able to write (on a tablet PC) using the WIndows 7 Japanese "IME Pad" (ie using it's handwritten Japanese Character input capability).

Is the Japanese IME pad going to be included in Windows 7 Pro? Will it be the full IME (as in the Windows 7 RC) or some cut down version? Are there any additional aspects to the MUI other than the IME and reskinned interface that I should be aware of?

Ultimately, will I need to go the whole hog and fork out 3x the amount for Ultimate just for this function?

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I don't think you will be able to upgrade from Windows Vista Ultimate x64 to Windows 7 Pro x64,

Your only choice here is to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
I don't think you will be able to change the interface to Japanese with the PRO version.

Hope this helps
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CactusIT,

>>I don't think you will be able to change the interface to Japanese with the PRO version.
yes, MUI package is available only on Ultimate version that can switch whole system language on win7
The primary language should depend on version of home/pro/Ultimate, but Dale303 said no needed Japanese version just the case of full IME

"You can still read and write in any supported language/alphabet in any version of Windows" said from Paul_Smith from my above URL

upgrade my Vista 64bit Ulitmate to Windows 7 ?
I don't understand how to upgrading, is that buy a upgrade version / full version... sorry.
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by:CactusIT
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I did not say that you couldn't read/write,

You can only upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate x64 from Vista Ultimate x64.

Please try to help the user, there is no need to debate this with other experts.

Thanks
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CactusIT,

I absolutely no debate anyone. I don't understand?
>>I don't understand how to upgrading, is that buy a upgrade version / full version... sorry. I said SORRY already...

>>You can only upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate x64 from Vista Ultimate x64.
Yes, that's right if buy a upgrade version of win7
I am confused........
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I also agree your suggestion

>>>>I don't think you will be able to change the interface to Japanese with the PRO version.
>>yes, MUI package is available only on Ultimate version that can switch whole system language on win7

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by:Dale303
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I specifically said I did NOT want to change the interface, only to be able to write in Japanese in using the Japanese interface.

Whether I install or upgrade is immaterial to the question. I'm in the UK so I have to go the 'E' route which requires that even if I 'upgrade', I still have to do a clean install. The only differnce in the UK between the full version and the upgrade version is the price (and I suppose the need for an existing Vista key/disk).

Thanks fsze88. Good link. Things are looking good for the Pro version. I  would still like a little more confirmation before I'm completely satisfied though.



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