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Changing Vista from French to English

  1. #1


    Rod Jones Guest

    Changing Vista from French to English

    I'm currently living in France and recently purchased an Acer computer here,
    with Vista Home Premium pre-installed. I'd assumed that I'd be able to select
    English as the display language but, apart from being able to select an
    English keyboard, everything is in French. If necessary, I'll live with this
    (it's a way of improving my French) but, if I could do it at reasonable cost,
    I'd like to convert it to English.

    Purchsing the full English version is out of the question, as is upgrading
    to French Vista Ultimate and downloading an English language pack. Purchasing
    the English Home Premium Upgrade would have been OK, but I believe that this
    won't work with my current French version. An upgrade DVD was included with
    the computer, which appears to require payment on-line; I assume that this
    would be French also, so it's of no use to me.

    This seems to leave buying the English Home Premium OEM as the only viable
    option. However, I'm uncertain about the practicality of doing this. For
    example, would I do a 'clean' installation? I'm not really sure what this
    means. What about activation? I've seen various conflicting reports on this.
    I believe that my pre-installed French Vista will have a hidden product key,
    so I can't use that. There's a 25-digit Vista product key on a label attached
    to my computer - would I use that?

    Any advice would be appreciated.

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  2. #2


    Carey Frisch [MVP] Guest

    Re: Changing Vista from French to English

    What you need to do is to order the Acer recovery media in English:
    https://secure3.tx.acer.com/RCD/Main.aspx

    --
    Carey Frisch
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience -
    Windows System & Performance

    ---------------------------------------------------------------

    "Rod Jones" <Rod Jones@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:97488893-0ACD-4B1D-A25B-0F143874B3B9@xxxxxx
    I'm currently living in France and recently purchased an Acer computer here,
    with Vista Home Premium pre-installed. I'd assumed that I'd be able to select
    English as the display language but, apart from being able to select an
    English keyboard, everything is in French. If necessary, I'll live with this
    (it's a way of improving my French) but, if I could do it at reasonable cost,
    I'd like to convert it to English.

    Purchsing the full English version is out of the question, as is upgrading
    to French Vista Ultimate and downloading an English language pack. Purchasing
    the English Home Premium Upgrade would have been OK, but I believe that this
    won't work with my current French version. An upgrade DVD was included with
    the computer, which appears to require payment on-line; I assume that this
    would be French also, so it's of no use to me.

    This seems to leave buying the English Home Premium OEM as the only viable
    option. However, I'm uncertain about the practicality of doing this. For
    example, would I do a 'clean' installation? I'm not really sure what this
    means. What about activation? I've seen various conflicting reports on this.
    I believe that my pre-installed French Vista will have a hidden product key,
    so I can't use that. There's a 25-digit Vista product key on a label attached
    to my computer - would I use that?

    Any advice would be appreciated.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Richard G. Harper Guest

    Re: Changing Vista from French to English

    You cannot change languages in any retail version of Vista except Business
    or Ultimate, so there is no upgrade path possible - wipe and reinstall if
    yoru only option.. You would need to use they key that comes with the new
    package to install it, not the key on your computer.


    "Rod Jones" <Rod Jones@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:97488893-0ACD-4B1D-A25B-0F143874B3B9@xxxxxx

    > I'm currently living in France and recently purchased an Acer computer
    > here,
    > with Vista Home Premium pre-installed. I'd assumed that I'd be able to
    > select
    > English as the display language but, apart from being able to select an
    > English keyboard, everything is in French. If necessary, I'll live with
    > this
    > (it's a way of improving my French) but, if I could do it at reasonable
    > cost,
    > I'd like to convert it to English.
    >
    > Purchsing the full English version is out of the question, as is upgrading
    > to French Vista Ultimate and downloading an English language pack.
    > Purchasing
    > the English Home Premium Upgrade would have been OK, but I believe that
    > this
    > won't work with my current French version. An upgrade DVD was included
    > with
    > the computer, which appears to require payment on-line; I assume that this
    > would be French also, so it's of no use to me.
    >
    > This seems to leave buying the English Home Premium OEM as the only viable
    > option. However, I'm uncertain about the practicality of doing this. For
    > example, would I do a 'clean' installation? I'm not really sure what this
    > means. What about activation? I've seen various conflicting reports on
    > this.
    > I believe that my pre-installed French Vista will have a hidden product
    > key,
    > so I can't use that. There's a 25-digit Vista product key on a label
    > attached
    > to my computer - would I use that?
    >
    > Any advice would be appreciated.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    laugh at fanboy in the box Guest

    Re: Changing Vista from French to English

    upgrade to ultimate.

    this is a discgrace. linux is not only free but you have all languages right
    there available.

    windows should be able to have all languages for free..

    "Rod Jones" <Rod Jones@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:97488893-0ACD-4B1D-A25B-0F143874B3B9@xxxxxx

    > I'm currently living in France and recently purchased an Acer computer
    > here,
    > with Vista Home Premium pre-installed. I'd assumed that I'd be able to
    > select
    > English as the display language but, apart from being able to select an
    > English keyboard, everything is in French. If necessary, I'll live with
    > this
    > (it's a way of improving my French) but, if I could do it at reasonable
    > cost,
    > I'd like to convert it to English.
    >
    > Purchsing the full English version is out of the question, as is upgrading
    > to French Vista Ultimate and downloading an English language pack.
    > Purchasing
    > the English Home Premium Upgrade would have been OK, but I believe that
    > this
    > won't work with my current French version. An upgrade DVD was included
    > with
    > the computer, which appears to require payment on-line; I assume that this
    > would be French also, so it's of no use to me.
    >
    > This seems to leave buying the English Home Premium OEM as the only viable
    > option. However, I'm uncertain about the practicality of doing this. For
    > example, would I do a 'clean' installation? I'm not really sure what this
    > means. What about activation? I've seen various conflicting reports on
    > this.
    > I believe that my pre-installed French Vista will have a hidden product
    > key,
    > so I can't use that. There's a 25-digit Vista product key on a label
    > attached
    > to my computer - would I use that?
    >
    > Any advice would be appreciated.


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Earle Horton Guest

    Re: Changing Vista from French to English

    Carey, will this page accept the serial number from his French computer, and
    sell him an English version recovery disk? Will the English recovery disk
    accept the Vista product key from his French computer at install time? I am
    thinking maybe "yes" to both questions, but if not there is still a problem.

    Rod, if you use Office 2007 then check the Office web site for English
    Language Pack availability. This gives you menus, dialogs and commonly used
    stationery in English for Office applications only, but that is something,
    and only costs $24.95. I have the German Language Pack on my English
    Language computer.

    As a last resort I am 57 and learning French for the first time. It is not
    so bad.

    Good luck,

    Earle

    "Carey Frisch [MVP]" <cnfrisch@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:ue7za8IoIHA.4616@xxxxxx

    > What you need to do is to order the Acer recovery media in English:
    > https://secure3.tx.acer.com/RCD/Main.aspx
    >
    > --
    > Carey Frisch
    > Microsoft MVP
    > Windows Desktop Experience -
    > Windows System & Performance
    >
    > ---------------------------------------------------------------
    >
    > "Rod Jones" <Rod Jones@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:97488893-0ACD-4B1D-A25B-0F143874B3B9@xxxxxx
    > I'm currently living in France and recently purchased an Acer computer
    > here,
    > with Vista Home Premium pre-installed. I'd assumed that I'd be able to
    > select
    > English as the display language but, apart from being able to select an
    > English keyboard, everything is in French. If necessary, I'll live with
    > this
    > (it's a way of improving my French) but, if I could do it at reasonable
    > cost,
    > I'd like to convert it to English.
    >
    > Purchsing the full English version is out of the question, as is upgrading
    > to French Vista Ultimate and downloading an English language pack.
    > Purchasing
    > the English Home Premium Upgrade would have been OK, but I believe that
    > this
    > won't work with my current French version. An upgrade DVD was included
    > with
    > the computer, which appears to require payment on-line; I assume that this
    > would be French also, so it's of no use to me.
    >
    > This seems to leave buying the English Home Premium OEM as the only viable
    > option. However, I'm uncertain about the practicality of doing this. For
    > example, would I do a 'clean' installation? I'm not really sure what this
    > means. What about activation? I've seen various conflicting reports on
    > this.
    > I believe that my pre-installed French Vista will have a hidden product
    > key,
    > so I can't use that. There's a 25-digit Vista product key on a label
    > attached
    > to my computer - would I use that?
    >
    > Any advice would be appreciated.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Rod Jones Guest

    Re: Changing Vista from French to English

    Thanks Carey.

    I've tried this, but when I enter the computer's serial number
    (double-checked), I get the response 'Serial number does not exist or is
    invalid'.

    This brings me back to my proposal to buy an English OEM version of Vista
    and install that; in effect, all I would be doing is replacing the existing
    (factory-installed) French OEM with an English one. Would this be OK?

    Rod Jones

    "Carey Frisch [MVP]" wrote:

    > What you need to do is to order the Acer recovery media in English:
    > https://secure3.tx.acer.com/RCD/Main.aspx
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    Earle Horton Guest

    Re: Changing Vista from French to English

    I would buy the full one. They are cheap enough and OEM versions are hard
    to find. Besides they make you buy a mouse or a hard disk, to be able to
    say they sold you the operating system with "hardware" or "a new computer".
    They way I look at it, you get a volume discount when you buy a computer
    with an OS on it. The out of country operating system is specialized
    software, that they have a right to charge you if you speak English in
    France, Japanese in the U.S., etc. It's sleazy the way they get money from
    people who really need the functionality, which is already built in by
    release date, but what the hell. It is worth something to you, so why not
    make you pay?

    To answer your question, it should work fine. Your serial number is
    probably invalid, because it is associated with a machine already sold with
    French operating system, and they keep track of serial numbers by country.
    If you email or call Acer, they may be able to do something for you, but I
    wouldn't bet on it. What's in it for them, except customer good will and
    possible future purchases?

    I am thinking of upgrading to Ultimate myself. The price is a gouge too,
    but at least it looks as if I would maybe wind up with what I want.

    As far as getting the software, you should be able to find a mail-order
    house in England no problem. Or maybe, if you know someone in the States
    who is coming for a visit, they can pick up a copy at Office Depot.

    Earle

    "Rod Jones" <RodJones@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:F4094104-CF32-4F35-9467-6027E0017F72@xxxxxx

    > Thanks Carey.
    >
    > I've tried this, but when I enter the computer's serial number
    > (double-checked), I get the response 'Serial number does not exist or is
    > invalid'.
    >
    > This brings me back to my proposal to buy an English OEM version of Vista
    > and install that; in effect, all I would be doing is replacing the
    > existing
    > (factory-installed) French OEM with an English one. Would this be OK?
    >
    > Rod Jones
    >
    > "Carey Frisch [MVP]" wrote:
    >

    >> What you need to do is to order the Acer recovery media in English:
    >> https://secure3.tx.acer.com/RCD/Main.aspx
    >>
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    Rod Jones Guest

    Re: Changing Vista from French to English

    Thanks for the advice, Earle.

    Amazon UK are offering OEM Vista Premium for £63 (with no requirement to
    purchase hardware) and Full Vista Premium for £170. So, to me, there's no
    contest: if I do anything, I'll get the OEM version!

    Rod

    "Earle Horton" wrote:

    > I would buy the full one. They are cheap enough and OEM versions are hard
    > to find. Besides they make you buy a mouse or a hard disk, to be able to
    > say they sold you the operating system with "hardware" or "a new computer".
    > They way I look at it, you get a volume discount when you buy a computer
    > with an OS on it. The out of country operating system is specialized
    > software, that they have a right to charge you if you speak English in
    > France, Japanese in the U.S., etc. It's sleazy the way they get money from
    > people who really need the functionality, which is already built in by
    > release date, but what the hell. It is worth something to you, so why not
    > make you pay?
    >
    > To answer your question, it should work fine. Your serial number is
    > probably invalid, because it is associated with a machine already sold with
    > French operating system, and they keep track of serial numbers by country.
    > If you email or call Acer, they may be able to do something for you, but I
    > wouldn't bet on it. What's in it for them, except customer good will and
    > possible future purchases?
    >
    > I am thinking of upgrading to Ultimate myself. The price is a gouge too,
    > but at least it looks as if I would maybe wind up with what I want.
    >
    > As far as getting the software, you should be able to find a mail-order
    > house in England no problem. Or maybe, if you know someone in the States
    > who is coming for a visit, they can pick up a copy at Office Depot.
    >
    > Earle

      My System SpecsSystem Spec


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