English on Spanish?

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2007/05/10 00:11 -07:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/michkap/archive/2007/05/10/2518799.aspx

Carlos asks:

Hello Michael.
I received a new notebook with Vista Business Edition in Spanish (my local language) but I need it also in English, I search for a LIP file for english and can't find it. Does English LIP installation exists? it is possible to configure it on my spanish vista?

Thanks a lot.

Kind Regards,

Well, Carlos can look for available LIPs on this site, to be sure. But in this case there are three problems working against him:

  1. I believe this site is mostly all about the XP LIPs, at least for the moment (I'll keep people posted as more LIPs become available);
  2. As far as I know, there is not currently an English LIP available;
  3. As I pointed out in By design? Well, not beautifully so...., most MUI functionality is limited to Vista Ultimate only.

Now I believe that #3 does not apply to Language Interface Pack languages, but then #2 enters into the situation, since English is a full SKU rather than a LIP language.

I'll tried asking the Magic Eight Ball the question, and its answer was MAYBE. Hmm, not too helpful.

But never fear, I will try and find out if there is a better answer here over the next day or two -- functionality such as this is only useful to people when they can install it. :-(


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# Jens on Thursday, May 10, 2007 5:30 AM:

The only reason I bought Vista Ultimate is because I could only order a Dutch version of Vista with my new computer and I've been using an English version of Windows like forever (also at work).  I really don't understand why Dell (but they are not the only ones) does not give us the choice between Vista in your loval language and Vista in English, especially since they build the system from scratch anyway...

# Michael S. Kaplan on Thursday, May 10, 2007 9:46 AM:

If they won't sell you the version you want then that is a separate problem, which is unfortunately also common here. :-(

# Rosyna on Thursday, May 10, 2007 11:09 AM:

So can you used that upgrade anytime feature of Vista to go from Vista Home Premium Spanish to Windows Vista Ultimate with english?

# Michael S. Kaplan on Thursday, May 10, 2007 2:33 PM:

Well, the problem there could be a lack of Spanish resources for some features, right?

# Michael S. Kaplan on Thursday, May 10, 2007 8:03 PM:

Actually, there is no cross-language support in the anytime upgrade -- you would have to upgrade to Spanish Ultimate, then you could install the English langpack (which I am told does exist).

# Julien on Friday, June 08, 2007 5:06 PM:

if you need MUI packs in several languages, check this out:




# Vijay on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 6:50 AM:

Hi Michael,

I too have the same problem of Carlos, but with a small difference. I bought vaio laptop with Vista business in French version. But I need it in English.

Now I found that vista business does't support MUI since MUI is possibly installed only in vista ulimate/enterprise. So I searched for english LIP in:


Now I scared that english LIP is not available.

How can I change the language of my vista business from French to English? Do you have any update as on now?

Thanks in advance.



# Michael S. Kaplan on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 8:23 AM:

There is no English LIP. You would have to upgrade Vista and from there you could install it as a UI language....

# Guido on Thursday, August 02, 2007 1:21 PM:

I have the same problem too, but the other way around. An english version of vista home premium that needs to be translated to spanish, is this possible,? I found on some microsoft's technet documents that this can be done, but can't get to the download anywhere. Vista's help states that they should be on windows update, but they don't appear as available updates. Is there a way to do that?


# jay on Monday, August 06, 2007 7:43 PM:

bought vista in italy but need to translate to english.  ive read that there are no LIPs to English.  That sucks.  Does anyone know if they will be coming out with one or if there is any hope for an english LIP soon?


# felisita on Wednesday, October 31, 2007 7:44 AM:

I have got the same problem bought vista home premium in spanish and need it in english.What to do...anyone whit idea?


# Alex on Thursday, November 29, 2007 4:43 AM:

Oops, I seem to be another one...

I just bought a new PC with Vista Home Premium installed (in French).

My French is terrible so I'd really like to make it speak in English but can't work out how to.

Thanks for the blog, if I work it out, I'll pop back and let you all know, if not, I'll be back anyway to see if anyone else has sorted it.

# Matt on Sunday, January 27, 2008 12:03 PM:

add me to the pile

got spanish, need english, it's a problem.

# Vanessa on Sunday, February 03, 2008 7:13 AM:

Same problem. Have Vista Home Premium in Japanese, need an English LIP. Kind of funny how XP allows you to change your language, yet Vista is so goddamn limited.

# Michael S. Kaplan on Sunday, February 03, 2008 9:03 AM:

Hi Vanessa, not sure I know what version of localized Japanese XP lets you switch to English -- can you explain what version you are referring to?

# Denis on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 5:55 AM:

add me to the pile as well

I got Vista premium in french and wants it in English. I am redy to upgarde if necessary ONLY if I can have my OS interface in English.

# Eugen on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 5:04 PM:

Same frustrating problem here. Got Vista Home Premium in Italian and need English (or Romanian).

# onlineamiga on Friday, March 14, 2008 6:18 AM:

I find it amusing that on Amiga Workbench 2.1 which was released in 1992, it was a simple option to change the language of the user interface via the Locale program. The O.S came with many languages available.  15 years on and Microsoft still havnt got it.

I wish we were all still using Amigas (but obviously more up to date ones!)

# Steve on Thursday, April 03, 2008 6:26 PM:

Want English not Spanish also, i think microsoft bloated vista, but the question was, what money making project shall we leave out......

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