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I recently bought a new Lenovo laptop from Poland with Windows 8. Everything is dandy until I notice that it's all Polish and I don't speak Polish.

Well, I can change the language to English, but Polish language still pops out here and there. Is there a way to COMPLETELY change language to English? For example, if I wipe my PC and make a factory reset, the setup language is still Polish, but I want it to be English. Is this possible?

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You would need to either install the English language pack or install an English version of Windows 8. If you have an English Windows 8 installation media this isn't a problem your license is valid for a single installation with any default language pack. –  Ramhound Jul 10 '13 at 18:56
Where exactly is Polish popping up again? It could be an application setting or a registry key –  Jason Bristol Jul 10 '13 at 19:31

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It will change after you restart the computer (not shutdown - it's different). The challenge is to find the restart command in polish in windows 8 which has no icons for these things. press ctrl+alt+delete and click the shutdown logo in lower right corner. The last option is restart and update. This worked for me.

edit: it seems it has to run some windows updates while restarting before it works.

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You can install a English language package for Windows 8 from here or delete the Windows 8 OS on your new Laptop and then install Windows 8 English version.

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Yeah, but adding a language pack only works when Windows 8 is already installed, your settings will not be saved when doing a reset to factory settings. Then it's back to Polish. Don't want to delete Windows 8 from my Laptop because it has some Lenovo software. –  Teodors Jul 10 '13 at 19:04
You can either install English package or wipe out the partition Windows 8 is on. Not reset Windows 8 but delete the partition it is on and then install Windows 8 English version. If you do not wont to delete the partition and with it the Windows OS then your only choice is to install the language package –  Devid Jul 10 '13 at 19:09

You can change the Windows 8 user interface language by installing the Windows 8 English Language Pack. According to the instructions on the Microsoft download website, the Windows 8 English Language Pack can be downloaded from the Windows 8 Control Panel.

There is an illustrated tutorial about how to download and install Windows 8 Language Packs called Download And Install Windows 8 Language Packs that will tell you everything that you need.

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Here, click on Add a language button present on the toolbar to see the list of supported language packs.
Source: http://www.intowindows.com/download-and-install-windows-8-language-packs/

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