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Installed XP in wrong language

Netbook - Acer Aspire One...brand new...1 day old.

I can only assume I selected the wrong language on initial set-up and accidentally set up the OS for French. I need it to be in ENGLISH.
I contacted Acer, and they told me it can't be changed. I would now have to purcha$e their Recovery CD. This might be a "possible" solution, except for one major problem...the Aspire One does not have a CD-drive! So, apparently, I would also need to purchase an optical drive to accomplish that task.

I've put the computer into DOS mode, but even DOS is in French. I have not fully completed the initial set up...can't access the start menu at this point.

Any ideas?

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  • leia1975 May 18, 2009

    Hi Rockit,

    I like your advise. It seems I won't have much choice but to complete the initial set-up in French :( I won't be able to read or understand what I'm agreeing to or setting up, but hey, anything is better than having to spend another $200 on a brand new computer! lol

  • Anonymous May 24, 2009

    same problem...




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You said "I have not fully completed the initial set up.." So finish the setup and once complete you can change the settings by clicking Start -> Control Panel->Regional and Language settings,and selecting English.(you may be required to download addition language packs)

Posted on May 18, 2009

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    Randy Hough May 18, 2009

    Hey,If you have another computer close by you could use google translator or something,I bought a laptop off ebay a few years back that was in spanish and that is what I did to change all the settings to english.Hope that helps.

  • dd1000 Feb 20, 2011

    This will not change the basic installed setting which is in French. So all the icons on the Windows will remain in French and the start button, shut down button, restart button etc will be in French. Just by changing Regional and Language setting as suggested above does NOT change the setting for the Operating System

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