Changing default language

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We live in Spain and when our new computer was delivered recently,, the guys
who installed it chose Spanish as the default language. How on earth do we
change it?! Someone suggested uninstalling windows XP and reinstalling via
safe mode. When we tried to do this (we do not have the start up disk anyway
or is XP sometimes pre-installed?) Windows Xp does not appear as a program in
the install/uninstall list. Someone else has suggested that you can find a
programme on Microsoft.com that allows you to change the language...

Any suggestions! The problem is that we can´t even understand the help
instructions so you are our only hope!
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

    On Fri, 1 Oct 2004 02:21:03 -0700, "Desperados!"
    <Desperados!@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    >We live in Spain and when our new computer was delivered recently,, the guys
    >who installed it chose Spanish as the default language. How on earth do we
    >change it?! Someone suggested uninstalling windows XP and reinstalling via
    >safe mode. When we tried to do this (we do not have the start up disk anyway
    >or is XP sometimes pre-installed?) Windows Xp does not appear as a program in
    >the install/uninstall list. Someone else has suggested that you can find a
    >programme on Microsoft.com that allows you to change the language...
    >
    >Any suggestions! The problem is that we can´t even understand the help
    >instructions so you are our only hope!

    You won't want to hear this - from what I have read, you'll have to buy a
    whole new program of Windows XP in English. Not good news, is it? It's
    not cheap. Maybe I am wrong, but a few posts have touched on this subject
    and I think I am remembering correctly..

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  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

    Hi,

    WindowsXP comes in several languages, yours was installed with a Spanish
    version. You would need to start from scratch by formatting and use an
    English language version for the installation. You can't convert it from the
    existing installation. There is no download that will convert this for you.

    --
    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

    "Desperados!" <Desperados!@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:42EBF188-5A6D-46ED-818A-D74981313D61@microsoft.com...
    > We live in Spain and when our new computer was delivered recently,, the
    > guys
    > who installed it chose Spanish as the default language. How on earth do we
    > change it?! Someone suggested uninstalling windows XP and reinstalling via
    > safe mode. When we tried to do this (we do not have the start up disk
    > anyway
    > or is XP sometimes pre-installed?) Windows Xp does not appear as a program
    > in
    > the install/uninstall list. Someone else has suggested that you can find a
    > programme on Microsoft.com that allows you to change the language...
    >
    > Any suggestions! The problem is that we can´t even understand the help
    > instructions so you are our only hope!
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

    Desperados! wrote:
    > We live in Spain and when our new computer was delivered recently,,
    > the guys who installed it chose Spanish as the default language. How
    > on earth do we change it?! Someone suggested uninstalling windows XP
    > and reinstalling via safe mode. When we tried to do this (we do not
    > have the start up disk anyway or is XP sometimes pre-installed?)
    > Windows Xp does not appear as a program in the install/uninstall
    > list. Someone else has suggested that you can find a programme on
    > Microsoft.com that allows you to change the language...
    >
    > Any suggestions! The problem is that we can´t even understand the
    > help
    > instructions so you are our only hope!


    You cannot upgrade or convert from one language version of the OS
    to another, so you'll have to purchase and use the full version of
    English WinXP to perform a clean installation.

    Cannot Upgrade or Install a Different Language Version of Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;282089

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  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

    Only the english version can change languages and only volume licensed customers can buy the language change packs.

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    "Desperados!" <Desperados!@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:42EBF188-5A6D-46ED-818A-D74981313D61@microsoft.com...
    > We live in Spain and when our new computer was delivered recently,, the guys
    > who installed it chose Spanish as the default language. How on earth do we
    > change it?! Someone suggested uninstalling windows XP and reinstalling via
    > safe mode. When we tried to do this (we do not have the start up disk anyway
    > or is XP sometimes pre-installed?) Windows Xp does not appear as a program in
    > the install/uninstall list. Someone else has suggested that you can find a
    > programme on Microsoft.com that allows you to change the language...
    >
    > Any suggestions! The problem is that we can´t even understand the help
    > instructions so you are our only hope!
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