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    Install different language version (XP)

    Hi all,

    My very first post in this section...

    I've just purchased a brand new laptop. It has a WinXP Home, Dutch preinstall, including a load of software.

    I would prefer to have an English Win XP Pro on this PC (I have all CD's). My questions:

    1. What would be the best way to go about this?
    2. What about all drivers and stuff?
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    Re: Install different language version (XP)

    Hello Jan Karel,

    If I read MSKB 282089 correctly, you can't install the English language version of Windows XP over the Dutch language version, so you must either start with a clean slate, or create a dual boot system.

    Did you get CD's for the pre-installed software, and for the display drivers, sound drivers etc.?

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    Re: Install different language version (XP)

    I haven't got the system here right now, so I cannot check what CD's are included.

    I'll get back to you as soon as I know more.
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    Re: Install different language version (XP)

    <!profile=HansV>HansV<!/profile> is right. (I had a similar problem installing an English XP Pro over a German Win2K.)

    Unless you buy a partition manager, you'll have to do a clean install. (Paragon [a European product] seems to be slightly better Value For Money than PartitionMagic.)

    Although WinXP detects and installs all common drivers, I strongly recommend the <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16> method of downloading all the latest drivers from the website in advance. Some driver installs are <img src=/S/bwaaah.gif border=0 alt=bwaaah width=123 height=15> "eigenartig". BTW good luck remembering where the US/UK characters are when you're using a Nederlands keyboard!<g>
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    Re: Install different language version (XP)

    I decided on a clean install of XP, No trouble.

    I discovered the seller had included most drivers on a separate disc. There is just one thingy left to setup, for which I couldn't find a driver.

    <<BTW good luck remembering where the US/UK characters are when you're using a Nederlands keyboard!<g>>>

    <grrrr>

    I still have an old keyboard, so at home I'll be OK.
    When on the road, I'll have to search my keyboard for the right keys, or buy a set of kbd stickers and set it to US <g>.
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    Re: Install different language version (XP)

    The current edition of Personal Computer World magazine in the UK includes "Acronis PartitionExpert 2003 Personal Edition" on its cover CD. You have to register to get a key, but at

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