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change the display language in xp

Posted on 2010-09-10
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Hi,

I have an laptop running XP and the display language is Italian, does anyone know a way of changing it to English without reformatting the drive?

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by:jorlando66
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In my experience this can only be done during the initial install of windows.  Anyone?
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by:jorlando66
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by:navinmohanta
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1.      Click start -> Control Panel -> Regional and language option
2.      Click on the languages tab
3.      Click the drop down arrow under language used in menus and dialogs
4.      Select English

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by:Cluskitt
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That is for Vista. I think in XP the only way is with MUI (Multilingual User Interface). That is license based though.
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by:che6ausc
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Chang e display language in XP: http://dev.ektron.com/kb_article.aspx?id=5982
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No you can't - if its in italian then its a localiszed version of Windows - you have to reformat and re-install an english version.

The MUI pack allows inernational versions of Windows to use different display languages, but thats not applicable here
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by:Cluskitt
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I think the MUI pack also changes the kernel files (meaning menus and dialog boxes and whatnot. che6ausc's won't change those, and I think the other 2 only work for Vista.

But, while MUI can work, it's sold only on a volume license for enterprises, so doing it just for a single laptop isn't worth it.
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by:navinmohanta
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You can do this by installing the language pack. The link is as:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=D3F8F6AB-84F1-4095-8709-DF509B1BEE22&displaylang=en

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by:KCTS
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The language pack will not chnage the dispay language - as I said that can ONLY be done in XP Professional international version with the MUI pack  - as @Cluskitt says - the MUI pack is not available as a retail product.

Ergo - you need to re-install with an English version of Windows !
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by:markflexman
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Hi,

Thanks for the prompt responses, I am accepting the answer by KCTS as it was the first full explanation, although others touched on it.

Regards
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