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I have a German edition of Windows 7 and want to change its language to English.

Does anyone know how to do this?

P.s. I have a home version of windows (not professional or ultimate) :)

P.s.s. I can't manage to get any lb.cab file, can any1 also provide a link to that?

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You must have Ultimate or Enterprise edition to go from German to English, otherwise you must buy an English version of Windows 7 and re-install the Operating System.

  1. Start -> All Programs --> Windows Update --> Optional Updates.
  2. Open optional Updates and go to the section Windows 7 Language Packs.
  3. Tick the Language Pack you want and hit OK
  4. Proceed with Install Updates
  5. Depiction of Windows 7 downloading a Language Pack
  6. Automatic install initiated after download

How to change the Windows 7 Display Language:

  1. Go to Start -> Control Panel -> Clock, Language, and Region / Change the display language
  2. Switch the display language in the Choose a display language dropdown menu.
  3. Click OK
  4. Log off for the changes to take effect (This will affect only the user profile under which you are currently logged on).

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Here's an English tutorial and a German tutorial.

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Available only on Enterprise/Ultimate, btw. –  Sathya Sep 4 '11 at 14:34
    
And only on the English version of Windows :) –  Hans Passant Sep 4 '11 at 14:38
    
I'm not sure those links should be allowed. Might go against EULA. @slhck –  Sathya Sep 4 '11 at 17:40
    
@Sathya Yes — wasn't too sure either. Feel free to remove. –  slhck Sep 4 '11 at 17:48
    
I have a home version of windows :) –  tak3r Sep 5 '11 at 17:45

I had the same problem and I followed what is here:

http://mark.ossdl.de/2009/08/change-mui-language-pack-in-windows-7-home-and-professional/

you will have to get the appropriate “lp.cab”, i.e. from the Language Pack DVD. Then, type this in a command prompt as Administrator (change path and language code appropriately):

  1. dism /online /add-package /packagepath:D:\langpacks\en-us\lp.cab

  2. bcdedit /set {current} locale en-US

  3. bcdboot %WinDir% /l en-US

After that, remove the registry folder HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\MUI\UILanguages\de-DE.

Reboot

If you get this error: An error occured trying to open d:\en-us\langpacks\lp.cab Error:0×80070003. The System cannot find the path specified

copy the lp.cab to C:\ (the root directory) and run dism from there.

The command line shell must be run as Administrator.

And it worked

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Do you happen to have a link to a lb.cab file? I can't find one anywhere –  tak3r Sep 5 '11 at 17:45
    
After applying this Windows Update may stop working, if it happens, reinstall windows update agent support.microsoft.com/kb/949104 –  Alex Burtsev Oct 7 '11 at 8:03

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