I live in Japan but don't speak Japanese. I need to buy a new desktop, and it can't be a Mac, but almost all computers in Japan come with a Japanese OS, which I want to avoid.
According to the salespeople in most of the stores, I have two options: either buy from a limited number of more expensive duty-free computers, which almost never go on sale, or suck it up and buy one with a Japanese OS. I asked if I could just insert my old Windows XP disc into a Japanese OS machine and they told me that THEIR JAPANESE COMPUTERS COULD ONLY RUN ON JAPANESE OS. I don't know much but this sounds like crap to me, but before I spend $1,000 or so on a new computer, I want to know for sure that I can convert it to English.
I should add that I have had bad information from these guys before: every time I buy a peripheral I ask them if it will run on my English OS and the best they can give me is "Probably, but we won't guarantee it and we won't cover it under the warranty if you try." It always works, because interoperability is key in this industry, but they never give me a straight "Yes." The only people who have said "Yes, you can install your English OS on our machine" are the ones who sell PCs without any OS. Do I need to go with an OS-less machine?
Thanks for your help,