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Select default language after sysprep Windows 7 Pro

Hello guys, I have a task here. I am trying to sysprep already configured machine by generalizing it OOEB and all goes smooth. Except the one thing. I need the sysprepped machine to give an option to select the default language of the OS (do not mix with regional settings and country). So if the machine is shipped to Sweden then the user during first start of machine selects the language - then regional settings and country, keyboard layout etc. Till now I am not able to find the answer. Can someone shed some light on this topic for me?
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redbmasterCommented:
It sounds like you'd want to disable SkipMachingOOBE. You'd do this by modifying the OOBE selection of your xml file like below:

<OOBE>
   ...
   <SkipMachineOOBE>false</SkipMachineOOBE>
  ...
</OOBE>

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Taken from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc765947(v=ws.10).aspx.

Is this what you are looking for? Its hard to tell because first you say OOBE is setup how you'd like, but then you need all this to run during the first machine boot.
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noxchoAuthor Commented:
Not exactly. I have a machine which has already all software installed.
Then I run Sysprep and select Enter OOEBE and mark - generalize. Ok, applied and the machine is generalized.
Now when I start it then I see - first screen to select Country / Regional Settings / Layout.
What I want is to have the selection of Windows 7 interface language. So all the names, popups etc would be in the language I've selected.
I am interesting if it is possible at all this way.
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redbmasterCommented:
I do not believe that is possible.

I would do one of two things. The first option is to create a script to run on the PC before shipping that would automate the process of changing Win7 system languages. The second option would be to create a run once script that allows the user to pick a language on the first login. I envision that it'd be a vbscript with radial buttons for language choices. You could even go as far as to configure the PC to boot once automatically into the admin account and then reboot after the script executes.

If you don't mind me asking, what is the purpose of using sysprep if you aren't making an image of the system?
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noxchoAuthor Commented:
The plan is to sysprep the machine then boot it from backup & recovery tool cd and backup the machine to secure partition at the end o the hdd. So called factory recovery option. So I want to backup it before the user enters his or her choices. The user of the machine can change and thus returning the settings to factory state is important.
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redbmasterCommented:
Ah ok, I fully understand now. You have two options. The first and easiest is to use is the Windows Automated Installation Kit. The WAIK will walk you through the creation of creating an answer file to be used with your sysprep. Here is some good info on using the WAIK: http://www.edugeek.net/forums/o-s-deployment/75778-sysprep-answer-file-windows-7-a.html.

The other option is to manually create the answer file with the included code below:
<OOBE>
   <HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage>
   <NetworkLocation>Other</NetworkLocation>
   <ProtectYourPC>3</ProtectYourPC>
   <SkipMachineOOBE>false</SkipMachineOOBE>
   <SkipUserOOBE>true</SkipUserOOBE>
</OOBE>

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Here is a great walk-though on the full sysprep, with WAIK, process that'll get you going: http://scottsdalecomputing.com/sysprep-a-windows-7-machine-start-to-finish-v2/.
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noxchoAuthor Commented:
Many thanks, will spot on it and report back what I get :)
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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 500 points for redbmaster's comment #a38406582

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noxchoAuthor Commented:
Many thanks for putting me on the right track.
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