Changing default language of laptop from French to English.

This is a Toshiba Satellite, C55t-A-10E, running on Windows 8  64 bit. Bought in France the default language is French. Can I change it to English? I have tried working Control Panel - Language and Control -Panel - Region, but did not succeed. Can it be done and how. This is not about changing the keyboard language. I have sorted that.
Michael MurphyAsked:
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McKnifeCommented:
Download the languagepack here: http://winaero.com/blog/download-official-mui-language-packs-for-windows-8-1-windows-8-and-windows-7/
Then start Lpksetup.exe from a command prompt.

PS: you should not run win8 anymore, upgrade to 8.1 (or 10) for free, 8 no longer gets any security updates.
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Michael MurphyAuthor Commented:
Thanks. Do I have to upgrade to windows 8.1 first?
I have run the url you gave me and it gave me a series of files including Lpksetup.exe.
I know how to get a command prompt (as administrator). How do I start the file downloaded (Lpksetup.exe) from a command prompt? I am not very literate and need guidance.
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Michael MurphyAuthor Commented:
Ran the link. Actually when I downloaded the file and opened it, very many files appeared. The nearest to the one you mentioned was LPKsetup.exe.mui .... not exactly the one you advised me to run from a command pont. Please clarify.
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McKnifeCommented:
You should upgrade to 8.1 or ten for security reasons. To use that download, open Lpksetup.exe from a command prompt: Press winkey and r together and enter Lpksetup

After Lpksetup starts, point it to your download.
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Michael MurphyAuthor Commented:
I got as far as browsing and pointing to the English Language File. However the next button was not active and there was a message: the language cannot be installed on this computer.
I did not try to uninstall the French language (there was an option to uninstall a language as well as to install). Where do I go from here?
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McKnifeCommented:
Are you sure, you downloaded the languagepack for the OS you are on? Do you run 8 or 8.1? Did you realize there are different architectures of windows (x86 vs. x64)?
You can find the info we need if you press winkey together with the pause key, that will display your OS and what architecture you are on, it will say 32 bit (which is the same as x86) or 64 bit.
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Michael MurphyAuthor Commented:
It is Windows 8, 64 bit. The file I downloaded is:   lp_55c5ff4da1d83ae6f4ebd1f8c020cb80ceda7da8
I will take another look at the link to see whether I got the right one
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Michael MurphyAuthor Commented:
I see now I downloaded the wrong file (the 32 bit) and am downloading the correct one now. Will let you know how it goes
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Michael MurphyAuthor Commented:
I have now successfully downloaded the language pack and installed it, without uninstalling the French pack. What do I do next? French continues to be the default language.
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McKnifeCommented:
Ok, fine.

Now open the keyboard settings. Next to the language settings for the keyboard, you find options to change the display language as well now that you have installed it.
More: http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/5853-display-language-change-windows-8-a.html
step 8 and 9. Note that in the 2nd screenshot at 9 it reads "Click Apply language settings to the welcome screen, system accounts, and new user accounts", this is described in detail here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apply-regional-language-settings-reserved-accounts#1TC=windows-7 and is an additional step.
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Michael MurphyAuthor Commented:
Got it done. Thanks so much for your advice on this. You talked me through to the end sucessfully. Really grateful.
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