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Solved Language pack : remaining artifacts after change


#1
Hello,

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 !
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro

Kari

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#2
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.

Kari
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    HP ENVY 17-1150eg
    CPU
    1.6 GHz Intel Core i7-720QM Processor
    Memory
    6 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 Graphics
    Sound Card
    Beats sound system with integrated subwoofer
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" laptop display, 22" LED and 32" Full HD TV through HDMI
    Screen Resolution
    1600*900 (1), 1920*1080 (2&3)
    Hard Drives
    Internal: 2 x 500 GB SATA Hard Disk Drive 7200 rpm
    External: 2TB for backups, 3TB USB3 network drive for media
    Cooling
    As Envy runs a bit warm, I have it on a Cooler Master pad
    Keyboard
    Logitech diNovo Media Desktop Laser (bluetooth)
    Mouse
    Logitech MX1000 Laser (Bluetooth)
    Internet Speed
    50 MB VDSL
    Browser
    Maxthon 3.5.2., IE11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender 4.3.9431.0
    Other Info
    Windows in English, additional user accounts in Finnish, German and Swedish.
#3
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 !
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro