Would Windows 7 from china...

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by GrayApple, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. GrayApple macrumors member

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    I have a problem, I am currently in china and found a cheap copy of seven(its legitimate, found at an authorized apple reseller) but the text on the box is in chinese and I need the OS to be english, and I'm not sure if it's region based(you know, like america is region 1 so only region free or region one disc will work in it).

    Also will the upgrade work in my computer, the guy in the store said it would by I'm not sure.
     
  2. balamw Moderator

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    FWIW W7 Ultimate gives you complete control on the languages you can use with it. For a work project I needed Chinese Windows and ended up satisfying that by buying Vista Ultimate and setting it to Simplified Chinese.

    Upgrade will work fine. http://www.winsupersite.com/article/win7/clean-install-windows-7-with-upgrade-media.aspx

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    Interesting; the images on MSDN (which I was led to believe were retail images) are all labelled individually as different languages (eg. English W7 Ultimate points to a different file than Simplified Chinese W7 Ultimate). When I boot from the English ISO, there's a "Language to install" dropdown menu but it only contains English. Is the real retail DVD different?
     
  4. balamw Moderator

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    In Vista of course all versions of the media were the same, but the language packs were on the DVD and able to be selected if you had an Ultimate key. I installed first in English as the default then made one user use the Chinese localization. I suspect you can do the opposite, but might probably need help from someone who spoke Chinese to get it installed.

    Here's some more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multilingual_User_Interface
    EDIT: and more http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/goglobal/ee461121 (It may be that the language pack needs to be downloaded separately).

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