Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I bought a laptop that comes with a German Windows 7 professional pre-installed.

Is it possible to reinstall the OS in English using the same license key? I do not want to have a half-translated version, so I thought reinstalling it before I install anything else on the computer might be the easiest way.

Is the license key language-specific or not?

share|improve this question
add comment

3 Answers 3

No it is not language specific and it is possible to choose a language during install

share|improve this answer
add comment

You can choose your language, that's not a problem. But the key is aimed to work with a localized installation disc. I mean, your serial is for a specific version (Pro/Home/etc.) and a "country".

My french "Windows XP édition familiale" key can't work with the english "Windows XP Home edition" CD, although I can use the english language.

edit : as @omnibrain mentioned, it might be possible to install Win7 with an "english" DVD and a "german" key (he did). Consider my contribution as a warning and enlightenment :)

share|improve this answer
    
Nice bit of extra info +1 –  Joe Taylor Oct 11 '10 at 9:06
    
He asked for Windows 7. Things changed. I successfully installed english Win 7 pro with "german" key. Or otherwise. –  omnibrain Oct 11 '10 at 9:29
    
It’s because XP was on a CD, so the CDs were single-language, but 7 is on a DVD, so there is enough room to put all the language files. –  Synetech Jul 20 '12 at 20:57
add comment

You should be able to download the English language pack via Windows Updates.

Edit: No you can't in Professional edition. Only in Windows Enterprise and Ultimate editions.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.