Unwanted mix of English and foreign languages on Vista machines

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Ashley Riddell, Nov 16, 2007.

  1. Simple problem. I have Vista home premium on an Acer laptop with English set
    as the installed language. I live in Norway and the laptop has a Norwegian
    keyboard arrangement and so the windows settings for language are norwegian
    input and locale is Norway. So far so good. But any number of third party
    progs (like Acers Empowering Technology, etc.) deliver their interface in a
    mix of English AND norwegian. I just want straight up english. there are no
    settings on these progs to change the language (as ALL progs should in my
    opinion) This was never a prob in XP, but it seems Vistas language settings
    are screwing up my English language installation.

    Anyone have experience with this sort of nonsense? There are 10s of
    thousands of we English speaking in a foreign nation people out there who
    must be experiencing the same problem. Poorly done MS, poorly done!
    Ashley Riddell, Nov 16, 2007
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  2. You will need to some how get the English version of whatever software is
    being displayed in the different languages, its seems they have localized
    for that country. Or you can upgrade to Vista Ultimate which includes all
    world wide Language Interfaces.
    Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin], Nov 16, 2007
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  3. Ashley Riddell

    Charlie42 Guest

    You can't hold Microsoft responsible for the behavior of third party
    software. As for Acer, some of their Vista programs and installers have
    localized versions, others don't. You can download more recent software from
    Acer's support site, I believe they've added more languages now:

    You will also experience the same thing with the Vista Language Interface
    Packs (not the MUI's) when they are released, MS won't translate more than
    approx. 80% of the user interface in the LIP's:

    Charlie42, Nov 16, 2007
  4. Ashley Riddell

    Peter Meinl Guest

    Same problem here.
    Ex: The Lenovo Tools on my Thinkpad X61T with display language Englisch and
    input language/keyboard German do install German user interfaces.
    I did not have this poblem with XP

    As a workaround I created an operator account with all settings Englisch. As
    far as I remember this worked. But after a while I forgot to use this acount
    for installs and now have a mixed language UI.
    Peter Meinl, Nov 16, 2007
  5. Thanks for the tip Peter. I was kind of thinking of going down that path, but
    was really, REALLY hoping to avoid it. I just couldn't believe MS would be so
    deliberately a)stupid or b)difficult for doing such a simple and EXTREMELY
    common type of install. After all, when you choose "English" as your
    language, you might think that the user would like EVERYTHING they put on
    their box to match, right? Oh, no.. apparently not according to MS. Windows
    user since version 3, but right now, my Vista experience is starting to make
    a Mac look very attractive(which can switch languages at the drop of a hat
    without PAYING EVEN MORE MONEY). Microsoft: you've got the market share for
    now, but keep up this sort of nonsense and it wont be a surprise when users
    start jumping over to the first viable alternative that comes along in a few
    years. Way to treat your customers with respect, guys. Grrr. Will post the
    results of my test according you your suggestion.
    Ashley Riddell, Nov 19, 2007
  6. Ashley Riddell

    SKRow Guest

    I have a mix also on a new Dell - but have no foreign language or 3rd party
    software involved - the "wingding" type characters appear in Vista's
    calendar, but also on web pages. Any suggestions?
    SKRow, Jan 29, 2008
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    AlexB Guest

    I want to share something that may or may not have a bearing on what you
    experience. I just bought DELL T7400 with DELL Printer 968 & Vista Ultimate.
    Everything worked just fine but I screwed up the printer. As usual I do not
    read any manuals counting on intuition. The LED began to show crazy winding
    wavy characters and I could not get the start up window no matter what I
    tried. I could not read the text to determine where I was. I had a session
    with a DELL concierge and the guy had no idea how to help me. He had to call
    "a specialist." The specialist said turn the printer off and when turning it
    back on press two buttons simultaneously. I actually already forgot which

    The start up screen in English came back and I threaded more carefully from
    there on.

    Perhaps something to this effect happened to you. Look for set ups for
    AlexB, Jan 30, 2008
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