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Registered: ‎08-05-2014
Location: Köln
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Reinstall windows 7 pro to change the system language

Hello Everyone!


I recently bought a ThinkPad T400 online with preinstalled Windows 7 Professional.

The system language is German and I want to change it to english.

So far Ive seen, that it's only possible to do so by reinstalling windows 7 pro as an english version while reusing my product key, if I don't want to upgrade to ultimate.


I'm not so good with computers and I'm a bit scared to mess something up!

Can someone of you give me a nice step by step or some recommendations what I need to take care of?


Can I really just download windows 7 pro from the official windows store? And how do I make sure to really get it in english?


Thank you so much in advance!!

I really didn't think changing the language could be so much of a hassle. Smiley Embarassed


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Registered: ‎09-11-2012
Location: US
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Re: Reinstall windows 7 pro to change the system language

Installing Windows 7 is easy. But before going that route, you may want to contact Lenovo and see if you can get the english system recovery discs.


If you have to reinstall windows there are good instructions here.

As for downloading an ISO or purchasing an install disc, Microsofts position is that the ISO's are only available to people who purchase their OS online and then download it. All other uses are verboten. What you decide to do it is between you and your lawyer.
Former Microsoft MVP - Consumer Security

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