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I have a japonese Vaio notebook VGN-T51B/L, how can i put a Windown XP in english or even Spanish. I don't have a recovery Disk

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Stop complaining and make a backup of the hard drive (maybe with an external USB backup unit,) then install the English IME and default language with help from a Japanese (or Japanese-literate) friend in town. Some enthusiasts among them would have some apropos ideas on how to enjoy your make of laptop.

Obviously if you wanted to license and install an appropriate Windows for your country, you would buy it from a store you like. You could also install Fedora 9, OpenBSD, or Ubuntu, any or all of the OS mentioned at OSNews.com, even possibly Mac OS X Leopard.

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Actually, you can still find XP selling at retail. Check online, e.g. Newegg.com. After you buy it, just put the disk in your CD-rom. You may have to set the CD-rom to boot first. You do that by going into the BIOS settings. Try hitting Delete, or F1 or F2 when its starting. Maybe the Vaio machine tells you which key to hit for [BIOS] SETUP when it POSTs.

If you are poor, and feeling adventurous, check Craigslist.net for locals selling OEM installations. Every major city has one or more of these guys advertising on Craigslist.

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