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

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The Multilingual User Interface packs are causing Genuine errors in Windows 7 Home and Professional editions.

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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    joytech22 , May 26, 2010 12:30 AM
    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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    dwave , May 26, 2010 3:11 AM
    joytech22You have any idea how many thumbs down your going to get?


    20, it's the max!
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    mister g , May 25, 2010 11:34 PM
    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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    mister g , May 25, 2010 11:34 PM
    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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    joytech22 , May 26, 2010 12:30 AM
    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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    yo_yo2400 , May 26, 2010 12:59 AM
    @forrestsun at least were not the crappy linux distro.
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    alikum , May 26, 2010 1:33 AM
    It's called getting what you paid for. You don't purchase before looking at the list of features each edition has do you? If you want MUI, then buy the Ultimate version, simple as that. It's all about an agreed price/product between the consumer and the producer.
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    dwave , May 26, 2010 3:11 AM
    joytech22You have any idea how many thumbs down your going to get?


    20, it's the max!
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    Anonymous , May 26, 2010 4:18 AM
    I think this all limiting MUI-s to Ult/Ent is BS.Language is a basic feature and should not be limited.Oddly enough you can buy MS OEM/Retail versions where the language is integrated into say an Home Premium version but for some completely unknown(to us) reason we are not allowed to do the same manually ourselves.

    MS should straighten this out and move MUI-s to be edition independent.Only some more exclusive features should be limited to Ult/Ent.
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    jetbruceli , May 26, 2010 4:48 AM
    I dont see why they just dont include it in all of them. I dont need an additional language pack but I dont think I am going to buy the Ultimate edition just so I can run another language.
    Oh well, MS needs the money. And we need MS.

    To bad mac sucks! haha!
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    DjEaZy , May 26, 2010 5:21 AM
    ... there iz a need of a lawsuit, to make a precedent... like... M$ need to allow at least two languages... the original and the local native one... i predict, that the European courts will be the first ones...
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    SAL-e , May 26, 2010 6:48 AM
    yo_yo2400@forrestsun at least were not the crappy linux distro.

    At least in Linux I don't have to deal with artificial crap like Genuine Windows verification.
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    CyberAngel , May 26, 2010 8:34 AM
    A Linux user is also a System Administrator and Support
    You HAVE to know which distro and what enhancements and whichever build you have
    or maybe you are a bit of a Programmer, too:
    you "just" compile it from the scratch
    ouch!
    I AM a all of those and I still stay out of Linux

    NOTICE: Mac OS/X *IS* UNIX and it still is a Mac
    It shows to the Finnish Linus Thornvalds how the UI is done right
    BTW: I'm from Finland, too...
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    Bolbi , May 26, 2010 1:30 PM
    Guys, calm down! Two points:
    1) Linux has many different languages available. I've never used anything but English, so I can't comment on the translation quality. Still, they're there.
    2) Like alikum said, you get what you pay for. Mac users get multiple languages, but (to put it mildly) they pay a premium. Those of us who use Windows and don't need Estonian, Swahili, Russian, etc. lanquage packs have the option of saving money and going with something like Win7 Home Premium. It makes sense to me that we pay less for fewer features that we don't need!
    Re: the article itself - too bad MS doesn't simply disallow the installation of the MUI on non-compatible versions of Win7. I'm sure a version check would be easy to implement for them...
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    COLGeek , May 26, 2010 1:40 PM
    Another MS goof. I admit, I beta tested Win7 and did not see this problem because I didn't apply any MUIs. But then again, since the beta version was an "ultimate" version this wouldn't have presented itself. MS prduces mediocre software that it markets at a fair price better than anyone. Given the cost of Win7, it should be better than this. The more salient issue is that given the increasing cost attributed to "fair", MS better be on alert to doing better. Products like Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx with OpenOffice would meet the computing needs of the VAST majority of users if said users dumped MS...for FREE nonetheless. Forget OS X for PCs. While I think it would be great, Apple doesn't want the headache nor do they want to deal in the generic PC world. Bottom line, MS needs to do better....period.
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    kelemvor4 , May 26, 2010 2:12 PM
    Wow, MS screwing their customers APPLE STYLE. Maybe Steve Jobs is freelancing for MS these days?
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    gogogadgetliver , May 26, 2010 3:20 PM
    A couple things..

    MSFT is legit in this. Customers who use a 3rd party to hack features into a more expensive version are indeed violating the EULA.

    Windows (any version) ship in Many languages. The base models are going to cover nearly all the user poplulation. There is some 99% chance that you do not need to purchase anything additional with Windows.

    The MUIs are some of the more obscure languages. Translation isn't free so the cost for these low use languages is passed on to those consumers instead of all consumers.

    The true amount of languages supported is insane. Oriya? Tatar, Tamil, Sinhala? Welsh (yeah it's unique)?

    http://download.microsoft.com/download/0/8/1/08194A86-D6AE-4E50-82F5-F5FD327C9F43/LLP_UP_Site_%20Lang_%20Offerings_%20Link_List_05_17_10_newlanguages.xls

    Apple guys: STFU. MSFT does more localization than you can even dream about.
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    gogogadgetliver , May 26, 2010 3:20 PM
    A couple things..

    MSFT is legit in this. Customers who use a 3rd party to hack features into a more expensive version are indeed violating the EULA.

    Windows (any version) ship in Many languages. The base models are going to cover nearly all the user poplulation. There is some 99% chance that you do not need to purchase anything additional with Windows.

    The MUIs are some of the more obscure languages. Translation isn't free so the cost for these low use languages is passed on to those consumers instead of all consumers.

    The true amount of languages supported is insane. Oriya? Tatar, Tamil, Sinhala? Welsh (yeah it's unique)?

    http://download.microsoft.com/download/0/8/1/08194A86-D6AE-4E50-82F5-F5FD327C9F43/LLP_UP_Site_%20Lang_%20Offerings_%20Link_List_05_17_10_newlanguages.xls

    Apple guys: STFU. MSFT does more localization than you can even dream about.
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    wotan31 , May 26, 2010 3:42 PM
    Microsoft breaks its own crappy software with language packs. Why is this news? I'm so glad I kicked Windows to the curb back in 1997. Nothing but Linux and OSX for me. You know - operating systems that actually work.
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    sliem , May 26, 2010 4:04 PM
    wotan31Microsoft breaks its own crappy software with language packs. Why is this news? I'm so glad I kicked Windows to the curb back in 1997. Nothing but Linux and OSX for me. You know - operating systems that actually work.


    So Win7 is a failed OS that doesn't work? How about WinXP? Yeh? does not work are you sure? Yeh?
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    zaznet , May 26, 2010 5:12 PM
    The differences in each level of Windows are certainly not simple to the average consumer. I couldn't come up with anything off the top of my head to tell someone why they should go with Professional or Ultimate that is of any real value to most users.

    At least this feature is something most users don't need.
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    aleccj1 , May 26, 2010 7:29 PM
    CyberAngelA Linux user is also a System Administrator and SupportYou HAVE to know which distro and what enhancements and whichever build you haveor maybe you are a bit of a Programmer, too:you "just" compile it from the scratchouch!I AM a all of those and I still stay out of LinuxNOTICE: Mac OS/X *IS* UNIX and it still is a MacIt shows to the Finnish Linus Thornvalds how the UI is done rightBTW: I'm from Finland, too...

    Linus Torvalds didn't create the UI for Linux. Besides, Linux isn't an OS. It's a kernal. Therefore, how could it have it's own UI? The OS itself is usually called Linux/GNU. Maybe you should know what your talking about before you say it?
    PS: You can make a Linux distro look like the OS X UI. Can you customize the UI in OS X to make it look like something else? No. You can't, because it's from Apple, and Apple is restrictive.
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