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  1. Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1
    Thread Starter
       #11

    Thank you very much, you've been very helpful. Do language packs translate absolutely everything?
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  2. Posts : 18,365
    Windows 11 Pro
       #12

    alphanumeric said:
    I wasn't aware they were language specific? First I've heard of that, other than the Single Language version having its own set of keys?
    Using product key of english version of Windows7 to install a version - Microsoft Community

    That has carried forward through Windows 8 and 10.

    Lorantique said:
    Thank you very much, you've been very helpful. Do language packs translate absolutely everything?
    I have no experience with language packs, can't help you with that.
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  3. Posts : 14,893
    Windows 10 IoT
       #13

    NavyLCDR said:
    Using product key of english version of Windows7 to install a version - Microsoft Community

    That has carried forward through Windows 8 and 10.



    I have no experience with language packs, can't help you with that.
    Hmm, I wouldn't exactly call that official confirmation. I can't prove or disprove it myself so I'll take your word for it. If I was in the OP's situation I think I'd try it anyway. You could always start over with the correct language version for that key if it doesn't work with an English ISO.
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  4. Posts : 5,478
    2004
       #14

    I clean installed 7 Ultimate in English (was OEM Pro French upgraded to Ultimate through WAU). I didn't need another key (but WAU keys are retail anyway). Language packs don't translate absolutely everything - device descriptions and internal accounts remain in the original system language for example (and sometimes get duplicated) - that is why I re-installed in English - it looked a mess and there is no way to change system language.

    Someone else here recently was having problems installing programs in different languages but this may only apply to Asian languages. I had no problem with that. Run Japanese Programs in English Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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  5. Posts : 14,893
    Windows 10 IoT
       #15

    My MSDN keys are just listed as Retail keys. There is nothing stating they are language specific. I can only download English US or English UK though on MSDN. My Windows 8/8.1 MSDN ISO's will read an use OEM embedded keys automatically too. Anyway, will have to wait and see what the OP does/try's.
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  6. Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1
    Thread Starter
       #16

    I'm downloading the English ISO and will try the German key. Let's see how it goes.
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  7. Posts : 14,893
    Windows 10 IoT
       #17

    Can't hurt to try.
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  8. Posts : 18,365
    Windows 11 Pro
       #18

    alphanumeric said:
    Can't hurt to try.
    And maybe the OP will prove me wrong . I always appreciate accurate information.
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  9. Posts : 3,453
       #19

    Just a heads up... Keys are version specific - no matter what single language, it's still a Core SL key.
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  10. Posts : 14,893
    Windows 10 IoT
       #20

    Superfly said:
    Just a heads up... Keys are version specific - no matter what single language, it's still a Core SL key.
    That's what I was thinking. I just don't do enough installs to know that stuff 100%. I don't work in IT and I'm retired.
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