MUIs Render Win7 Pro, Home OS ''Non-genuine''

Microsoft has issued a warning for Windows 7 users that want to download the Multilingual User Interface (MUI) packs. According to the company, the MUIs are only meant for Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows 7 Enterprise editions. Those who download and install the packs on any other version of Windows 7 will receive a non-genuine warning when trying to install updates or files from the Microsoft Download Center, even though the OS is actually legit.

"Multilingual User Interface (MUI) packs require a license to be used and are available only for Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows 7 Enterprise editions," Microsoft said. "If these language files are present on another edition of Windows 7, genuine technologies will detect tampering on the system and display the non-genuine warnings."

In essence, your OS is now deemed as pirated despite your expensive license keys. Typically the warning will say: "this copy of Windows is not Genuine." To fix the problem, Microsoft said that customers must either remove the MUI packs, or format the HDD and re-install Windows 7. While the former option sound less troublesome, users will need to uninstall the packs using the same 3rd-party program initially used to install the MUIs in the first place.

Ultimately, consumers using Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, and Windows 7 Professional should steer clear of the MUI packs.

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  • forrestsunIt's a petty for windows user, as Mac OS X has multi-language interface built right in. You just go to the preference and set it, and even some of the apple software changes to that language (like ilife suite, iwork etc.). Now that is putting the user's convenience on the top.


    You have any idea how many thumbs down your going to get?
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  • joytech22You have any idea how many thumbs down your going to get?


    20, it's the max!
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  • Since tools were used to make this pack installable I'm pretty sure there are tools to circumvent the Geuine Advantage (hah) software.
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  • Since tools were used to make this pack installable I'm pretty sure there are tools to circumvent the Geuine Advantage (hah) software.
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  • It's a petty for windows user, as Mac OS X has multi-language interface built right in. You just go to the preference and set it, and even some of the apple software changes to that language (like ilife suite, iwork etc.). Now that is putting the user's convenience on the top.
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  • forrestsunIt's a petty for windows user, as Mac OS X has multi-language interface built right in. You just go to the preference and set it, and even some of the apple software changes to that language (like ilife suite, iwork etc.). Now that is putting the user's convenience on the top.


    You have any idea how many thumbs down your going to get?
    24