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I want to purchase a Windows 8 upgrade through the Microsoft Store. When I visit the store, I get forcibly redirected to its German incarnation (probably because I am in Germany). However, I can only select another language when selecting the option to get a DVD sent to me (which is 30 EUR more expensive):

"Englisch" under "Produktsprache?"

If I selected the "Download" option, I would be forced to get a German version:

language choice field is grayed out for downloads

So is there a way to purchase another language as download (in my case it'd be English)?

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Try an US SSL web proxy?(only for the purchasing part) never tried though – page4096 Oct 29 '12 at 22:46
Could you please provide the link to this store? – Goran_Mandic Oct 29 '12 at 23:08
I think this is it: but "Download starten" links to with no country code or is it just me? – page4096 Oct 29 '12 at 23:10
This is a good question, but after reading it a couple times, I realized it wasn't a good fit for SU. You could replace Windows 8 in the question with any product, and have basically the same question. You're asking about how to use a specific website, which is off-topic here, regardless of the product you're trying to buy. I'm glad you found a satisfactory workaround, though. – Pops Nov 8 '12 at 21:47

I believe all versions of Windows 8 comes with a Language Pack. You can download the German or English version and then select the desired language once you've booted the installer.

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Correct, see this section "switch languages on the fly"....see this – Moab Oct 30 '12 at 2:47
It appears only China and a small set of select emerging markets will have regional restrictions....see this – Moab Oct 30 '12 at 2:48
Moab, language packs are something you install after installing Windows in a particular language (like you could with Windows 7 Enterprise). This still leaves certain things in the original language, e.g. symlinks in the file system. – Joey Oct 30 '12 at 6:52
up vote 1 down vote accepted

I ended up downloading the Upgrade Advisor from the US English store site. Payment was done through a German company within the upgrade, but I indeed ended up with a UK English Windows, which is close enough to comfortable for me.

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This happened to me as well. My Windows is US English, I ran the Upgrade Assistant in Spain, and what I ended up with is UK English. Not exactly what I intended. I'd like to know if it's possible to select the language without having to resort to installing language packs. I'm thinking maybe a VPN tunnel with an IP from USA might do the trick. – Daniel Liuzzi Nov 24 '12 at 15:02
Well, 150 MiB of additional download and a reboot doesn't hurt too much, I guess. – Joey Nov 25 '12 at 9:59
Download size has nothing to do. I just want things to be as streamlined as possible; the less I have to do to setup a computer, the better. Besides, installing a language pack doesn't render the same result as installing Windows in the desired language directly. At least in my experience, some things -like text in the welcome screen for example- remain in the original language, even after specifically making the desired language the default. – Daniel Liuzzi Nov 26 '12 at 15:41

This might be an ugly workaround, but it will work: download the English Windows 8 from thepiratebay or some other P2P, and buy the German version in the store, and use THAT key when you install the English Windows 8 from your bootable usb. It's just as fast, if not faster- I've used Microsoft's secure download manager, even had issues with them, so that's the way I solved my problem with OBTAINING Windows 8. My product key, however is perfectly legit, so I'm not advocating piracy ;)

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definitely ugly and possibly illegal depending on where you live. – Moab Oct 30 '12 at 2:42
There's no guarantee those files are unaltered. You could be downloading embedded malware for all you know. – Bob Nov 8 '12 at 21:52
@Bob You could check the sha1 with the MSDN website. – kinokijuf Feb 1 '13 at 11:06
@Moab The key is what makes Windows legal. – kinokijuf Feb 1 '13 at 11:07
@kinokijuf a lot of pirated copies have embedded activation cracks which will throw off hash checking. Also, a hash collision is possible, though difficult. That's all ignoring questionable legality. – Bob Feb 1 '13 at 11:36

You have to follow some simple steps in your control panel.Check out here...

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Already known and suggested in the comments. The actual reason why this is a poor solution is noted in some comments as well. – Joey Mar 2 '13 at 16:59

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