This means it's a laptop sold in Japan and I'm pretty sure there isn't anything you can do about it. If they made a unit with identical hardware and sold it in the US under a different model # than you can d/l the bios update for the US model and flash it over the Japanese bios. Call the manufacturer to see if that is the case.
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The BIOS is probably configured to look for a bootable operating system on the hard drive before it looks at the CD drive. When you first turn on the computer, you have to hit a particular key to enter the BIOS setup (I don't know what it is for your model, but for most of the Japanese models I've seen it's the delete key. The startup splash screen should tell you what key it is. You have to hit the key before the splash screen goes away, otherwise it's already booting up from the hard drive. Once you get into the BIOS, you can select the boot option page and move the CD drive up above the hard drive in boot priority. If the OS is in the Japanese language, the BIOS text may also be in Japanese. You can probably download an English-language BIOS firmware update to change that.
The original language of the operating system cannot be changed without also updating the associated driver files, and those driver files are not available in languages other than the one that ships on the computer. However, the operating system can be configured to display in a different language by upgrading to the Ultimate version of the Vista operating system and then installing and using the appropriate Windows Vista language pack.
To change the language settings, a language pack must first be installed. Follow this procedure to download and install a language pack.
Click the Start button, and then click Control Panel .
In the Control Panel window, click Clock, Language, and Region .
In the Clock, Language, and Region window, under Region and Language , click Install or uninstall display languages .
Under Choose to install or uninstall display languages , choose Install display languages .
Under Choose your method of install , choose Launch Windows Update
Under Select the updates you want to install , select the Language Packs to install and click the OK button.
NOTE: The Language Pack updates will be listed under the optional updates .
hello, the drivers can be downloaded from the same place which is toshiba website. Now I personally have used an english key to install a spanish version of windows xp. I dont know if this would be the case with your version.
Here's the story with Windows XP... On a system running ENGLISH Windows XP (Professional ONLY), you can put a Multi-language User Interface (MUI in short) and make it localized. This action is reversible, means you can go back to English at any time or switch to another language. BUT, if the original Windows language is NOT English, you just can't switch the user interface to English.
How to check if it's original English version or not? - Go to Control Panel (a symbol of a notebook and a pen) -> Regional and Language Options (a symbol of a globe). Click on the Languages tab (the middle one). If there's a selection box at the button - you're in luck! Click it and change to English. Then accept and restart! In there's no selection box - I'm sorry but you'll have to format and install an English version of Windows XP - Home or Professional - whatever fits you best!
Hope I helped, Pelu.
PS: On laptops that ships with Windows pre-installed in a localized version (language), there's SOMETIMES an indicator to it on the license sticker at the bottom of the laptop.
The first page of the setup has the date, time, language options so just scroll through the drop down menu. Also go to Panasonic's web site to view the online menu for the BIOS setup and count how far English is from the top of the list so you can just count on the CMOS setup menu!