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Two conflicting languages after reinstallation

  1. #11


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1


    I think we may have misunderstood each other a bit, I did start by asking about removing Swedish completely, you explained about the core language thing and I accept this. This is not the big problem.

    Like I said "The speakers being in Swedish was only one example of it".
    I understand that the core language will stay on my computer and if I want to change things like the speakers then i have to remove and re add them, this is fine, I can do this or live with it.

    The other things however is the real issue. My main menu is in Swedish some other menus are as well, this is part of what should be changed when i change the display language but it does not.

    I did say that the tutorial fixed my loginscreen, this was the only thing that was fixed though, the menus etc are still in Swedish.

    When I said my previous version and my laptop was 100% English i meant that the display language was in English only, not that the core language was changed.

    What i want is for my display language to be 100% English, not 75% English and 25% Swedish(disregarding any HW devices).

    I'm sorry for being confusing and hope that this clears things up a bit.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    100% sure that you cannot make Windows completely forget the core language, the language used when it was installed


    Change SYSTEM Language to English

    You can't. If it gets on your nerves that much you must re-install. I did.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    100% sure that you cannot make Windows completely forget the core language, the language used when it was installed


    Change SYSTEM Language to English

    You can't. If it gets on your nerves that much you must re-install. I did.
    That post starts by saying "To be clear I am not talking about display language or input language as there are many posts about this."

    I am talking about display language.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Zhe View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    100% sure that you cannot make Windows completely forget the core language, the language used when it was installed


    Change SYSTEM Language to English

    You can't. If it gets on your nerves that much you must re-install. I did.
    That post starts by saying "To be clear I am not talking about display language or input language as there are many posts about this."

    I am talking about display language.
    You can call it what you want. If you installed Windows in Swedish (which you said you did) then you can't get rid of it. You can change the "display language" but bits will remain in Swedish. It just does. Not only what you noticed but internal directories, device descriptions, and all sorts of odd things as well. That is why I did a clean install in EN-US not French.
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  5. #15


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Zhe View Post
    My main menu is in Swedish some other menus are as well, this is part of what should be changed when i change the display language but it does not.
    If I understand you correctly, you get some menus in Swedish? Please post some examples of this with screenshots (tutorial here), also of other parts of your display language if they are still in Swedish. List and post a screenshot of as many items in wrong language as possible.

    All my Vista, Seven and Eight machines where I have used or am using language packs transform the complete display language in to my selected language. As they should; if Start menu and Start Screen, Windows own menus and help texts, screen tips and balloons, File Explorer, Internet Explorer and all it's functions, Control Panel, built-in Windows tools and apps (Disk Management, Regedit, Notepad, Paint to name a few) and so on are not in your selected language, you have either done something wrong or you have a corrupt Windows installation.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    I'll give you an example - Lenovo and Cisco installation utilities look at SYSTEM not DISPLAY language. So they will display their menus in whatever language you initially bought or installed. Not you current display language.

    Windows will not change device descriptions but will duplicate them into English. It has been the same since at least Windows 7.

    I did have a thread here about it but can't find it.

    The problem is many developers (both in MS and outside) do not consider that you may in fact live outside the US or want a language that is not connected to your IP address.
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  7. #17


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    The problem is many developers (both in MS and outside) do not consider that you may in fact live outside the US or want a language that is not connected to your IP address.
    I posted something related to this at our sister site the Nine Forums: Microsoft Windows 9 Team: Please understand some of us live abroad! | Windows 9 Forums


    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    I did have a thread here about it but can't find it.
    To find your own threads:

    Click image for larger version
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  8. #18


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1


    Yes, i get some menus in Swedish and the others in English.



    Main menu with Swedish text when i right-click: Click image for larger version Click image for larger version

    Taskbar: 1 tab in Swedish the others in English:Click image for larger versionClick image for larger version

    Internet Explorer, Control panel and File explorer are all in English: Click image for larger version
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  9. #19


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    OK, you have a problem.

    I am currently on an English core language machine, but I believe on my core Finnish and German machines using English language pack, all those examples of yours are in English.

    Let me get a laptop with German core and login to English user profile, I'll check. A few minutes.
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  10. #20


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Yes, I was right. A core Finnish machine, Windows 8.1 user profile in English, absolutely everything shown in your example screenshots is in English, in other words in user selected language instead of core language.

    The same on a core German Windows 8.1 using an English user profile, everything in English. Screenshots from this latter machine just now:

    Click image for larger version

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    Your language pack installation seems to have partially failed. My recommendations:
    • Refresh Windows 8 (tutorial: Refresh Windows 8), download and enable English language pack but do not disable Swedish
      -- OR --
    • Reinstall Windows 8, download and enable English language pack but do not disable Swedish
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