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Some user interface items are not displayed in the correct language after you change the display language in Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008

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Consider the following scenario:
  • You change the display language in Windows Vista or in Windows Server 2008.
  • You log off from the computer when you are prompted to do this.
However, when you next log on to Windows Vista or to Windows Server 2008, some user interface (UI) items do not appear in the new display language that you specified. Instead, these items still appear in the original language.

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This problem occurs because Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 cannot update language settings for currently running processes. Therefore, all processes that are currently running when you update the display language continue to use the original display language. This includes system processes, such as Device Manager.

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To work around this problem, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start
    , type Regional and Language Options in the Start Search box, and then click Regional and Language Options in the Programs list.

    If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type your password, or click Continue.
  2. On the Formats tab, select the language that you want under Current format.

    If you installed the English language pack, you can select English (United States) from the list.
  3. On the Administrative tab, click Copy to reserved accounts.
  4. Click to select the System accounts (local system, local service, and network service) check box, and then click OK.
  5. Restart the computer.
Note After you change the format under Current format on the Formats tab, you may see the different format of dates and currency on applications.

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More information

Even after you follow the steps in the "Workaround" section, the following objects still appear in the original language. These objects are automatically created when you install the operating system or detect devices. You can manually rename the following objects:
  • Files and folders such as Microsoft Websites and MSN Websites
  • Device names such as Printer port (LPT1) and Communications port (COM1)
  • Network connection names such as Local Area Connection
  • Users and groups in the Local Users and Groups category
Note You cannot change the name in the Description text box in Local Users and Groups because the date of the Description text box is created from the Software Asset Management (SAM) database.

If event logs exist on your computer before you change the display language in Windows, these event logs still appear in the original language.

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Article Info
Article ID : 927816
Revision : 5
Created on : 5/22/2008
Published on : 5/22/2008
Exists online : False
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