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.
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Re: Installed XP in wrong language
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)
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check your regional and language settings in control panel and ensure that the language chosen on all the tabs is the same, normally, this occurs when the language selected doesn't match the keyboard installed (Systems sold in the USA have a USA keyboard, UK an UK one, etc) they keyboard layouts are different and having the wrong language or keyboard layout selected selected gets you the issue you describe.
What you need to do is try to get to the regional and language settings of the system. What I suggest is have another computer with the same operating system as what you have in this machine so that you can use it as a reference as you try to go to this option. Here is a link for a quick guide assuming that you have XP on this system.
Regional and Language Settings
Press Start the Run and type intl.cpl in windows 7 press Start and type intl.cpl in 'Search programs and files' bar On the windows that opens go to Keyboard and Languages tab and press change keyboard click add button if the new zealand isn't in installed services on defult input language drop-down menu select new zealand
Depends on the operating system you are using. If you are using XP or Vista, you can go to START=>CONTROL PANEL=>REGIONAL SETTINGS/REGIONAL AND LANGUAGE OPTIONS. Click on the language tab up top, and click on the DETAILS button. Select ADD and pick your requested language. This will help. Thanks, please keep updated.
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In Control Panel, if you are in Category View, click on Switch to Classic View (top left corner)
Open Regional and Language Options.
Click on the Languages tab.
Under Text services and input languages, click on the Details button.
Under Installed services, click Add.
the Add Input Language dialog box, choose the input language and
keyboard layout or Input Method Editor (IME) you want to add.
twice. You should now see a language indicator in the System Tray
(located at bottom right hand corner of the desktop by default). You
can switch between different input languages (= keyboard languages) by
pressing the Alt + Shift keys
If a language does not appear in the Input language
list, the fonts for that language might not be installed. If that is
the case, follow the instructions below.
Depends on the operating system you are using. If you are using XP or Vista, you can go to START=>CONTROL PANEL=>REGIONAL SETTINGS/REGIONAL AND LANGUAGE OPTIONS. Click on the language tab up top, and click on the DETAILS button. Select ADD and pick your requested language.
bet when you press SHIFT and 2 you get an @ symbol
sounds like the wrong keyboard is set if xp
control panel > regional and languages > Languages(tab) > details
under installed services you will have US and United Kingdom keyboard i remove the US keyboard leaving the UK one in . also in default input language change to english (uk) you may have to restart but that should work
think thats were it is dont use xp anymore much only on the AOA 110 cus of the solid state memory ill have to do the hard drive mod on that i think soon just need a little ZIF drive