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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 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
Such a basic OS feature requires Ultimate, shame MS... – PeterM Oct 25 '13 at 11:58

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

you will have to get the appropriate “”, 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\

  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.


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

copy the 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 file? I can't find one anywhere – Stefan Sep 5 '11 at 17:45
After applying this Windows Update may stop working, if it happens, reinstall windows update agent – Alex Burtsev Oct 7 '11 at 8:03

Check out Vistalizator:

Did you buy a Windows laptop from abroad and want it to talk to you in your mother tongue?

Try Vistalizator - this tool allows you to change display language in Windows editions other than (officially supported) Ultimate, like Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium and Business/Professional.

Vistalizator overrides the limit of one MUI language on non-Ultimate Windows editions.

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I changed the display language of a Windows in Korean (Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 x32 "K") to English using Vistalizator (free, straightforward to use, the website contains required Microsoft updates as well as language packs):

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