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  1. #1

    Can't install Windows 8


    Installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview a year ago and now it asks for license, so I bought a new one and it keeps asking me to put my computer in English (I'm french) !

    I went to Config Panel, browsed until Language but I can't find "Set English as my primary lang" !! It just keeps loading at this place instead of displaying the proper message or sometimes asks me for an Internet connection (and yes, I have it..)

    Is there another way than Config Panel to change my OS lang ?

    Thanks in advance !!
    Last edited by kinder771; 24 Jan 2013 at 07:36.

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  2. #2

    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64

    If it's PRO then you'll probably be able to download language packs through Windows Update.

    I'm not sure about it but you can check it out.

    If it's the Home Premium, Basic version then It will not be possible to change language once the initial one is English.
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  3. #3

    It is indeed Pro but the problem isn't here : the installation of Win8 won't go on unless I change my OS lang to English, but language switch doesn't work like I said previously (keeps loading just where I should see "Set as primary language")
    Thx for your answer !
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  4. #4

    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    Welcome to EightForums,

    Reinstall the old Windows install (of WinXP, Vista, Windows 7) in english, & redoanload.
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  5. #5

    Any alternative ?
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  6. #6

    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    You could order the DVD, you may recieve a all language disc. (as you are downloading french you may recieve a French disc)
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  7. #7

    I can't, I bought it when I was in New York, can't return it and ask for a new one.
    Any other alternative plz like how to change Win lang without using Config Panel ?
    Thx for all ur help !!
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  8. #8

    Ok, I managed to get a french install somehow but now the problem is that it only suggests a new install without keeping files !! How can I do an install and keep my files ?
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  9. #9

    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit

    Backup your files to an external drive or DVD. After you have done your install you will have to re-install your apps and then transfer your personal files.
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  10. #10

    Thats not a problem, Windows keeps your files even with a clean installation in windows.old so I don't need to backup.
    What I'd like to do is to keep my desktop and the rest.
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