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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 .
It's really easy how to change the language of vista home premium or basic without spending a single dollar. Microsoft thiefs!!! Ok, this is how I changed it from english to spanish for my dear uncle. Follow these easy steps:
1) Go to www.froggie.sk 2) Download the Vistalizator (You should save it, not run it just in case you wish to use it again to revert languages as you wish). Open the application and minimize you will need it soon. 3) Under language packs, click the MUI for your operating system (If you do not know your operating system click on the windows logo on the menu bar and type system on the search bar. A list of programs will show, simply click on "system" and a page will open up with the information you need. If you have a service pack 1 installed it will say it). 4) A List of languages will show up, simply click on the language you want to revert vista to and save it in a folder you know how to get to. (If you run it, vista will automatically tell you that your system has reached a limit on the number of languages it is authorized to have). 5) Unminimize or open vistalizator (for those who did not minimize the program), and click on "add languages" and go to the folder you decided to save your MUI language of choice. Once this is done it will install the language. You will now see "internal" language (default one you want to change) and the "express" language (the one you just added. 6) Click on the Language you just added to the list and click "change language." After this I think it will suggest to update the language. If you choose not to it will reboot the computer and when it restarts the language will be changed. That it it!!!
Now for those who want to know how to update the language:
1) Go to www.froggie.com and under program click "download" 2) Save "Windows Update Agent" and "Windows Search 4.0" for your operating system in a known folder. 3) Open vistalizator, highlight the "express" language and click on "update languages" a message will pop up telling you that you need the applications you just saved. Browse one and click ok. Must repeat this step to browse second application. 4) Once done with both applications, click on "update language" and it might update if it has one if not it will tell you that this language has latest update
Windows Vista Ultimate offers a number of enhancements, called"Extras," that provide additional exclusive capabilities to users.Vista Ultimate Language Packs are Extras that make use of the Multilingual UserInterface (MUI) to enable menus and text in different languages. 1.Log into Vista. Make sure to log in as theuser for which you want to apply a Language Pack.
2. Start Windows Update. Hit the Start button, and type"Windows Update" in the search field. Click on the Windows Updateapplication that is highlighted at the top of the window, under"Programs."
3. Run Windows Update. Click on"Check for Updates." The window will then indicate whether or not newupdates are available. Click on "Show Available Updates." A dialogwill appear showing a list of available updates, including Windows UltimateLanguage Packs.
4. Install aLanguage Pack. Select a language, and click "Install." Note thatLanguage Packs are large downloads of approximately 200MB, and require as muchas 1.2GB of storage space. Set aside at least 30 minutes for the installation.Accept any User Account Control (UAC) prompts that appear.
5. Apply the LanguagePack. Once the Language Pack has downloaded and installed, go to"Start," "Control Panel," and then double-click"Regional and Language Options." Select the "Keyboards andLanguages" tab, then choose the new language in the drop-down list under"Choose a display language."
You can get an English MUI (multi user interface) pack. Once installed, you can change your Vista language over to English. Note that you can't get this for Vista Basic, you'll have to purchase Enterprise or Ultimate because MUI packs are only available in Windows Vista Ultimate and Windows Vista Enterprise.
Please find the related links below:
Guide to Windows Vista Multilingual User Interface http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsVista/en/library/85e289ca-9fd8-4963-b06a-5ecc457006c71033.mspx?mfr=true
With additional language files, you can change the display language on your computer so that you can view wizards, dialog boxes, menus, Help topics, and other items in Windows in a different language.
There are two types of language files:
Windows Vista Multilingual User Interface Pack (MUI). Windows Vista MUIs provide a translated version of most of the user interface. MUIs require a license to be used and are only available with Windows Vista Ultimate and Windows Vista Enterprise. If you are using Windows Vista Ultimate, you can download MUIs by using Windows Update. If you are using Windows Vista Enterprise, contact your system administrator for information about installing additional languages.
Windows Vista Language Interface Pack (LIP). Windows Vista LIPs provide a translated version of the most widely used areas of the user interface. LIPs are freely available to download, and most LIPs can be installed and used on any edition of Windows Vista. Because not all of the user interface is translated, LIPs require at least one parent language. The parts of the user interface that are not translated into the LIP language are displayed in the parent language. When you download a LIP, you get the parent language requirements for that language. The parent language pack needs to be installed before the LIP can be installed. For more information, including a list of languages available for downloading, go to the Microsoft Local Language website.