Found 25th Aug 2009
hi i have just purchased a new netbook today,i bought it in italy so hence the language is in italian i was told when i bought it i could change the language in to english,as thats the only language i speak,once i first turned on the netbook i selected english for the language and once xp was loaded it's still all in italian,i then went into the control panel to change everything into english but nothing has changed everything is still in italian,i just want to change the menu bar's,help section etc in english i know you can change the layout of the keyboard and also the data input please advise if i can do this and how as there is no disk's also thank you

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I think you need to go to Control Panel>Regional and Language>Advanced
then change the language in the drop down box to English.

Give that a try.

Original Poster

hi yes i've already tried all that but nothing changes thanks

do you not chose to remove the italian language, and it will say it will be removed next time you restart your computer :oops: bben a while since i've had to change the language on mine

I would have thought you select it when installing the OS, not afterwards. The files would be huge to be able to just change over at the flick of an option afterwards.

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do you not chose to remove the italian language, and it will say it will … do you not chose to remove the italian language, and it will say it will be removed next time you restart your computer :oops: bben a while since i've had to change the language on mine



i tend to agree :thumbsup: cant remember if you can delete it 1st or after you add one ?

1st do this to add a language

Windows XP Setup:

1. From the Start Menu
2. Click on 'Control Panel'.
3. Double Click on the "Regional and Language Options" control panel.
4. On the top there are three tabs. Click on "Languages"
5. Click on the "Details" button.
6. In the frame that says "Installed Services" click on the "Add" button. The "Add Input Language" dialog box pops up.
7. Scroll down the language menu until you see the language of your choice and click. Then click 'OK'.

just thought all these directions are in english lol

Well managed to change a dutch version of vista to english fairly easily,is XP so different?

oops seemed to have double posted

Original Poster

i've tried eveything in the laguange section and nothing changes ,is it possible to reboot the system so it's like when i bought it turning it on for the 1st time or will i lose everything as there is no disk plus can't do backup recovery as no disk drive ,just thought i'd check all the language settings before xp comes on i did select english for the langauge then ?

XP can not be changed to another language, without buying the Windows XP Language Interface Pack. And even if you buy that, it may not do what you are asking for, as it is designed to overlay foreign languages onto an English Windows (if memory serves me right).

If you supply proof that you own a license for Windows XP Home/Pro I can post you a CD that will allow you to install a fresh English Windows (it will use the license key from the back of your computer, so be a legal installation).

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XP can not be changed to another language, without buying the Windows XP … XP can not be changed to another language, without buying the Windows XP Language Interface Pack. And even if you buy that, it may not do what you are asking for, as it is designed to overlay foreign languages onto an English Windows (if memory serves me right).If you supply proof that you own a license for Windows XP Home/Pro I can post you a CD that will allow you to install a fresh English Windows (it will use the license key from the back of your computer, so be a legal installation).



sorry but i guess i wasnt right , well i was for the keyboard input lol but it seems that this is the right answer ,

cant you borrow someone else's cd and use your own key ?

Depends on the individual install CD.

Older retail CDs (pre SP2) will reject the OEM key and OEM CDs (the ones that don't ask for a key), will usually fail to complete the install (ie: a HP branded OEM install CD will only work on a HP/Compaq computer).

Original Poster

i have a original copy of windows vista 32 english version bit which i bought from microsoft store this year which i installed on my toshiba laptop which had italian version,would this not work on here with it having xp also it doesn't have hard drive so what kind of cable would i need if i run it from my main laptop if this is possible?thanks

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i have a original copy of windows vista 32 english version bit which i … i have a original copy of windows vista 32 english version bit which i bought from microsoft store this year which i installed on my toshiba laptop which had italian version,would this not work on here with it having xp also it doesn't have hard drive so what kind of cable would i need if i run it from my main laptop if this is possible?thanks


It should work fine, also the license for Windows Vista Retail Upgrade/Full version only allows you to install it on one computer at any one time.

The easiest way is to load Windows would be to borrow a USB DVD drive from someone. ]Alternatively here is a guide on loading Vista from a USB drive.
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