installing Windows XP on a different language

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  1. phase11

    phase11 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi,

    I am currently considering either the Acer 2012 WLMI or the ASUS M6.
    However, something just popped in my mind. I am Korean, and would like to use the Korean version of Windows XP, which I do have a copy of (need to check if its home or pro).

    Now, when I get my laptop, whatever language and home/pro the os maybe, is it easy for me to change that to the Korean version? and how would i do so? this is necessary, as i will be typing korean but also using korean softwares.

    thanks!
     
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    You may want to try looking at this link on how to change the language of the OS.

    http://www.microsoft.com/globaldev/reference/win2k/setup/default.mspx

    I think once the OS is running in English (assuming you're getting a US unit) and then make all the language changes. You may need the Embedded Language Pack (MUI), the link is located below.

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=f120acd9-73f2-4dbe-ba34-84d362993616&displaylang=en

    This should change the XP (English) OS and allow you to have Korean menus & fonts.

    I've done this at work before, but was for making a custom restore image for customers (changing from English OS to French fonts & menus).

    Good Luck!

    -Vb-
     
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    does this mean i can change just the windows itself entirely to korean??
     
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    I think what this does, is it adds the ability to switch all the English fonts/text & Windows (menus) to a different language. The OS will still be the English version, but giving you the option of switching when needed. If you then decide you want English only again, just change the Region area and it should go back to English fonts/text & menus.

    When I was doing it at work, the OS that came with the system was English, but the customers wanted the French menus as an option. We installed the MUI and when it was done, all the menus & icon text were French.

    So generally, I believe the OS core is still English, but adds the MUI pack making all the menus and any text that shows Korean or any other language you install. Make sure you read the guides in the links I provided just to be on the safe side.

    -Vb-
     
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    ah, i see venom.

    let's say i got a korean windows xp cd (which i do).

    would it also work if i just re-install windows xp using this cd over my current whatever language xp?

     
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    to Venom and Phase 11

    While there are the method of MUI/IME package installation, I also know that different countries do have releases of total different language OS. China even has a popular hacked WINXP total-simplified chinese version...

    so before you install anything phase, you better double check if the installation says this is just a simple MUI installation.

    if it's just a simple MUI, then you can't reinstall XP from that CD, since the language pack CDS are not XP installation CDs.

    I got a life, but it's currently up for auction.
     
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    <blockquote id='quote'>quote:<hr height='1' noshade id='quote'>Originally posted by phase11

     
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    "all the text onscreen " meaning everything i see, such as menus, those texts on properties, etc, etc?
     
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    <blockquote id='quote'>quote:<hr height='1' noshade id='quote'>Originally posted by phase11

     
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    If you buy it in Korea, I think you should get an option before installing any XP version that gives you either the English or the Korean one to choose frok. It appears on the screen as you start the laptop for the first time. So I guess you could install the Korean version dircetly without having to reinstall it after the English version.
    As in my case, I bought it in a Russian spoken country and I could choose between English and Russian before installing windows.

    HP Compaq nx7010, 512 RAM, PM 1.5 Ghz, 64 MB ATI 9200, 40 GB 4200 rpm, WSXGA (1680x1050)
     
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