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I have PC that is conneteced to a medical device it is in german and the software in english . How can I change the win language to english? I tried control panel regional language but failed.
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Question by:Nasir Ameer
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To install multilanguage support
open the Add/Remove Programs dialog box at the Windows Setup tab.
Click Multilanguage Support, and then click Details.
Make sure a check mark appears beside the language or languages you want to use.
Click OK, and then click OK again.
The changes take effect after your computer restarts.
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You can use Windows to create documents in many different languages. However, to create documents in a Central European-, Cyrillic-, Baltic-, Greek-, or Turkish-based language, you must install multilanguage support.

To add a keyboard language or layout

open the Keyboard Properties dialog box at the Language tab.
Click Add.
In the Add Language dialog box, click the keyboard language you want to add, and then click OK.
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You can also open the Keyboard Properties dialog box at the Language tab by clicking Start, pointing to Settings, clicking Control Panel, double-clicking Keyboard, and then clicking the Language tab.
When the Enable indicator on taskbar check box on the Language tab is selected and you have two or more keyboard languages installed, an indicator representing the default keyboard language appears on the taskbar. To quickly switch between keyboard languages, click the indicator, and then click the keyboard language you want to use.
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Windows 98 never allowed you to select another interface language. You only had the Language it was installed as, and couldn't change that. Your only option would be to get Windows 98 in the language you need, and then install the OS again.
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by:John Hurst
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As noted you cannot do what you want. Windows 98 is a serious security risk (in the medical profession, no less). Can you use a more modern operating system?

If you look around eBay, you can still find Windows 98.
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by:garycase
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As n2fc noted, you can add language support for a limited set of languages [Central European-, Cyrillic-, Baltic-, Greek-, or Turkish] via the Add/Remove applet in Control Panel; but I do NOT know if English is one of these options on systems that were ininstalled with a different language.   If so, that should do what you want.   Note, however, that you'll need a Windows 98SE CD (assuming the system is 2nd edition) for this change to be made.

There are more language choices if you only need to support different language keyboards -- these are shown in the keyboard language choices following the process n2fc outlined above.
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Note that after you've installed multilanguage support, you simply go to Control Panel, Regional Settings; and you can then select the appropriate language on the "Regional Settings" tab.
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if you are talking about how to add multiple input/display/print languages, in addition to the default language of your language version of Windows 98, see the following official KB for the detailed steps.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/141306

however it seems you are asking for how to switch the user interface's language from the default to another. if this is the case, unfortunately you simply can't do that as it is not supported for ALL Windows prior Me, including all 9x versions. XP Home is not supported as well.

for Windows Vista and above, a MUI (Multiple User Interface) package is required for each supported language.

FYI - Understanding MUI
http://msdn.microsoft.com/goglobal/dd218459.aspx
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by:Nasir Ameer
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Thank you for your kind help
Actually my real problem is the windows is in german and i tried but i couldnt. Also I am affraid to install another OP of win 98 becuse i will lose the software of my medical device
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by:John Hurst
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You should be able to set up a Windows 98 machine in English as a Virtual Machine. Make sure it can connect to the outside world and then copy the data from the German machine to the English machine. Make sure you have it all including the software.

Then install Windows 98 English on the hardware and restore the software and data, OR, leave the Virtual Machine as a permanent Windows 98 machine for the software to reside on.
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by:John Hurst
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We have given you a lot of good counsel and advice here. Do you need more before we close the question?
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by:garycase
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If the suggestions here didn't enable you to do what you need, then you need to provide more specific details on the medical device you need to connect to the PC.   What is the make/model of it?   ... what interface does it require?  ... what software do you use to control/monitor it?   etc.
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by:Nasir Ameer
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Hello
I am trying but it is difficult to change the language even with your valuable suggestions. ..
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by:John Hurst
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You have to reinstall Windows 98 to change the language. That is what we were saying above.
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by:Nasir Ameer
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I tries to set english win 98 on anothe Pc and change the hard drive.
But they lock the hard also...
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You can't change the language as I already mentioned earlier. The localization changes that can be done are just for other keyboard layouts, or different codepages etc so that characters used in different languages are displayed properly, or for making sure currencies and date/time settings are properly displayed for your location.

To change the interface language of the OS you must do a fresh installation using the appropriate installation media for that language.
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