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Language pack : remaining artifacts after change

  1. #1

    Frankfurt am Main
    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Language pack : remaining artifacts after change


    I suppose changing the display language is part of "customisation", I apologise in advance if this is the wrong forum.

    My current setup is Windows 8.1 Pro Update version 64-bit. The software was bought in Germany, where I currently reside, but German not being my native language I wanted to use something more convenient like English. The process to change the display language was very easy, and now almost all my display text is in English... save for a few places.

    I'd say most of these do not matter, such as the computer greeting me with "Wilkommen" instead of "Welcome", or asking me for my "Kennwort" instead of my password, or the network icon in the settings charm bar being labeled as "Netzwerk". I can still work like this, it's not the end of the world. However, if someone has encountered this issue before, or if some pointers could be given to solve this, my OCD would be extremely grateful.

    Things I have tried is to set my location to United Kingdom, also changing the system locale to the UK. I tried changing the display language back and forth between french (my native language, which I do not like to use for computer purposes) and english to see if the german language artifacts disappeared, but no such luck.

    Of course, since "Deutsch" is the language which the OS was installed with, it cannot be removed from the language packs. It is simply not displayed.

    Many thanks in advance for your help !

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  2. #2

    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,444
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    Hi Bergamoth, welcome to the Eight Forums.

    See this tutorial: Region and Language Settings - Copy to New Users and Welcome Screen - Windows 7 Help Forums. The tutorial is for Windows 7 but the procedure is the same in Windows 8.

    Copying settings as told in the tutorial, your Welcome, Sign in, Sign out, Hibernate / Sleep and Shutdown screens are turned to English. Additionally this setting changes the language of the built-in administrator account and all future user accounts you will create.

    See this post for another idea, reinstalling using English install media and your original product key.

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  3. #3

    Frankfurt am Main
    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    Hi, and many thanks for your advice ! The first solution worked a charm, except for the Network label which is being stubborn, but I suppose I can live with that.

    As for the second solution I do not currently have access to English language media but I'll have a look at the tutorial since it seems to imply that it is possible to legally download other language versions of Windows 8 to use with my product key.

    Again, thank you very much !
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