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Languange Pack in Windows 7 Pro

By Michael Jay ·
In Windows 7 Professional it seems that you cannot install language packs, it seems that you must be running Ultimate or Enterprise to install the language packs.

In searching around I have found some information as to how you can hack it in but without the pc with me I cannot try it till later, just wondering if anyone has actually installed the language pack in Win 7 Pro, or knows for sure that it can or cannot be done.

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by Michael Jay

Interesting, this question layout, I can ask myself for clarification, I guess in case I did not understand my question. The language we need is Japanese, some languages will go on any version, of course Japanese is not one of them.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads/languages

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Seems that you are correct MJ

by OH Smeg In reply to Languange Pack in Windows ...

And no I have not any experience in trying this.

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by Michael Jay In reply to Seems that you are correc ...

Yes, I am kinda answering my own question, but saw this as a way to view QA from the questioners position.

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I've seen this mentioned

by seanferd In reply to Languange Pack in Windows ...

but I don't have any experience with this, either. But MS is doing L10N entirely differently these days.

However, <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/about/corporatecitizenship/en-us/community-tools/llp/"> these</a> are supposedly available for all editions of 7.

edit: <a href="http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2010/08/01/windows-7-language-packs.aspx">This</a> is a better explanation.

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by Michael Jay In reply to I've seen this mentioned

Thanks for those links Sean, I had not found them and they are very helpful.
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by Luke G. In reply to Languange Pack in Windows ...

Vistalizator. Google that and take the first link you see (froggie.sk). I used it to change my W7 Pro into full Japanese. It is in all ways truly Japanese now. So, I can vouch for it.

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by Luke G. In reply to Solution...

I dunno...I think that either they fixed the issue since then on the Vistalizator side, or that article is FUD from MS to keep you from doing the change. I've ran in Japanese since I switched to 7 last year and have never experienced any of the issues they mentioned. I've been able to do all of my updates from MS so far as well (I have one nagging me to reboot now as a matter of fact).

The Vistalizator software can change you back to English (or whatever you started out as) fairly easily, so it's something I would definitely recommend to anyone who is desperate for a fully localized system. YMMV, IANAL, et al. :)

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by Michael Jay In reply to Solution...

LOL, you must be as old as me.

We will give it a look as well as some other stuff, but this is a corporate PC and I think that the powers that be are going to force the issue that we must upgrade to Win 7 Ultimate which unfortunately will require a complete rebuild.
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by Luke G. In reply to Solution...

I get older every day...at an accelerated rate thanks to these crazy computers...

Wait, though...upgrading from Pro to Ultimate is not a complete rebuild! Buy the Anytime Upgrade card and you just go through the Windows Anytime Upgrade program on your computer to 'unlock' the Ultimate version features.

The president of the company had English 7 and wanted to have the full Japanese setup like I did. He bought the Anytime Upgrade and had me install it. It's a piece of cake, and you don't lose a thing! No worries!

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by Luke G. In reply to Solution...

BTW, mine is a corporate PC as well, but I felt proficient enough to take care of any issues I may have ran into, since it's just used by me. It ran fine for me, but when it came to the prez, I didn't want to have any danger of glitches at all. I've never had any...but I wanted to not have my first one on his system. So, I can understand your hesitancy to do it on a work PC. For me it was my only option (I could not swing approval for Ultimate).

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