windows 7 licence key for other language

hello, i have the FRENCH windows 7 Home install CD here + licence key
you cannot change the language on these - vistalisator is not 100%
can i use this key if i download a DUTCH version ?
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nobusAsked:
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marsiliesCommented:
If you have access to a Dutch install disc, you should be able to install it using the French key.

Here's a person reporting success installing English Windows 7 using a key from a French edition:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/6028-63-win7-english-version-install-french-version#9583084

Similar experience here with someone installing English Windows 7 using a German key:
http://www.sevenforums.com/installation-setup/332117-possible-install-english-version-over-german-version-win-7-a.html#post2782387
The good news is that Windows product keys are version and edition but not language specific; you can install your English Windows 7 with a German key as long as the edition is the same.
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Guy LidbetterCommented:
They Key is just validation you are licensed for running a copy of windows.

The language pack has nothing to do with it, so you should be fine,
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Guy LidbetterCommented:
P.s. the windows version has to be the same... so it will have to be a Dutch Home version....
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nobusAuthor Commented:
i would of course also download the Home version
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joinaunionCommented:
Wich edition of home?
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nobusAuthor Commented:
the same : home Premium
@ Guy : can you show me a link to back up your answer?
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joinaunionCommented:
Language packs are free to use and will work on most windows 7 versions.
Here's a link with instructions and downloads to get the language pack you want installed.
http://www.wincert.net/tips/microsoft-windows/windows-7/2086-how-to-use-another-language-pack-on-windows-7-home-premium-and-professional
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nobusAuthor Commented:
afaik you cannot install language packs on home premium, only on PRO and Enterprise
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Jackie ManCommented:
you are the expert in this topic and you should know that it is technically feasible to extract the LP file from the dowmloadable language pack and apply the LP file by using the dism command in elevated command prompt.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh825679.aspx

My worry that my comment above will violate the EE rules.
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Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
Microsoft now makes you enter the license key before you can download the ISO image; but, Dutch is an available language: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-recovery
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Guy LidbetterCommented:
This question was answered by me 2 weeks ago....  Nobus, please accept an answer and close this down.
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gheistCommented:
Just install required language pack on windows you have:
http://windows.microsoft.com/nl-be/windows/language-packs#lptabs=win7

I'd recommend to change regional settings, regional settings for login and keyboard layout and timezone to ones characteristic to Netherlands/Belgium/Suriname beforehand.
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nobusAuthor Commented:
Guy -  i also asked you a site  - or link to an article supporting what you said

gheist - what about my post above?   "afaik you cannot install language packs on home premium, only on PRO and Enterprise"
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gheistCommented:
Waaah...
Nederlands
Nederlands
Elke taal
(Ultimate of Enterprise)
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marsiliesCommented:
nobus - Did you see the links I posted to people successfully using keys on different language install discs?

As for installing a "language pack" on an existing install, there's actually two types of language packs for Windows 7. There's the "Language Interface Pack," that can install on any edition of Windows 7, but is only some languages, and doesn't translate the entire interface:
http://www.microsoft.com/OEM/en/installation/downloads/Pages/windows_7_language_interface_packs.aspx

Then there's the "Language Packs," previously known as MUI (Multilingual User Interface). Those cover more languages, and are the complete interface, but only works on Windows 7 ULTIMATE and Enterprise, not Home or Pro.
http://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/972813

Any Edition of Windows 8 can install all language packs, as with Windows 10.
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Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
I gave you the link to download an ISO image of whichever language you want.  Did you try it?
"Microsoft now makes you enter the license key before you can download the ISO image; but, Dutch is an available language: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-recovery "
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nobusAuthor Commented:
marsilies -yes i saw them, and will look at them
you also explain  the difference between LP and LIP

**i want to know about the LP - not LIP

Davis - i have already downloaded the Dutch iso - so no problem there

anyway - tx to all responders; it seems you all say "yes you can" to my problem

i'll test it on a free disk - and close this ; probably in a day or so
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nobusAuthor Commented:
tx all !
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