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Author Topic: [solved] windows 7 display language all set to English, still upgrade fails  (Read 922 times)

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change MUI language pack in Windows 7 home and professional

I am upgrading a windows xp machine to vista to windows 7 (Ultimate, which offers language packs by default) to windows 8 to windows 8.1

Windows XP / Vista / 7 SP0 are all Dutch. I wanted to do the repair upgrade for Windows 7 to 8 with an English warez cd I had. This failed: You can’t do a typical upgrade using an installation disc that’s different from the language installed on your computer.

This was despite me having set all system locals, user accounts, log on screens etc to English with Control Panel's Set Display Language. Even Windows Update was English already....!

The sollution was a bit tricky for me; once I downloaded my appropriate language pack ( or Once I start the executable, gets automatically extracted and removed. So I just had to right-click it really fast and copied it to the desktop. You might be able to get the file with 7-zip too (I did not test).

After that, I copied to c:\ (no risks with C:, but you are free to chose a custom folder).

Then, from: or I ddi the following:

you will have to get the appropriate “”, i.e. from the Language Pack DVD. Then, type this in a command prompt as Administrator (change path and language code appropriately):

dism /online /add-package /packagepath:D:\langpacks\en-us\

bcdedit /set {current} locale en-US

bcdboot %WinDir% /l en-US

After that, remove the registry folder HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\MUI\UILanguages\de-DE.


If you get this error: An error occured trying to open d:\en-us\langpacks\ Error:0×80070003. The System cannot find the path specified

copy the to C:\ (the root directory) and run dism from there.

The command line shell must be run as Administrator.

Rebooted the system? Good! Happy upgrading :)


PS: usually just setting the display languages all to English does the trick. This time, it did not :)
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