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Metro in windows 8, A pain in the neck

  1. #1


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8 Pro

    Metro in windows 8, A pain in the neck


    I live in Japan but I'm not Japanese.
    I've installed Windows 8 with English (United States) as Display language and the location in Region settings is set to Japan.

    All the pre-installed Apps in Metro are in English.

    Fine so far.

    Now when I download any App from Store, the installed version is Japanese and I can't find any settings anywhere to change the language.
    For example, I've installed Skype from Store, which shows everything in Japanese. Now if I download a Desktop version of Skype from their official site, the desktop version is in English.

    Any Apps or game which I download from Store is in Japanese while the desktop version of the same App is in English.

    Now this is some questions I hope somebody can help:
    1. How can I change the language of an Application downloaded from Store.
    2. Is there any way to tell the store to download an English version not a Japanese one? (for future downloads)


    Any kind of help is much appreciated.

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  2. #2


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Try seeting the location in Region settings United States, and see if you get english apps.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    a how to on changing the region setting ,link is for pre-release of win8 but it might still work with full release
    How to change the Windows 8 Store language
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    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 691
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    Some settings here may help: Control Panel\Clock, Language, and Region\Language\Advanced settings
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  5. #5


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8 Pro


    thanks for all the advices.
    I've followed each one, and still the Apps from Store are downloading in Japanese.

    Sometimes I think the developers in MS are Genius.

    Any other idea?

    Many thanks
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  6. #6


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 691
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    Let's hope someone with more knowledge than myself spots this. You could contact Microsoft Support of course.
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    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    i think win8 detects your reging and open to the store to the language of that area ,how to change that will take some searching or as suggested call microsoft support .
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    go to start just type in location, it will open search ,and follow what it says in link
    Windows 8 Quick Tips (change your store) « Digital Mind Ignition
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    Posts : 16
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    go to start just type in location, it will open search ,and follow what it says in link
    Windows 8 Quick Tips (change your store) « Digital Mind Ignition
    the text in your link is talking about Change Culture while the images shows change location.
    I wonder which one is correct.
    I couldn't find Change Culture in windows 8.
    If it's Change Location, as I explained above I've already set the location to United States, but still the downloads are in Japanese.

    The Author of above link may have had some confusion. The language of the store is different with the language of downloads.
    Changing location , changes the language of Store, not the downloads.
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    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    maybe try going to the charms bar and go to settings ,and change pc settings at the bottom , ,and go to privacy and turn off,let app use my location ,i turned off all 3 myself
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