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(Windows 10) I have a laptop that currently has Chinese as a default language. I have followed the steps to change it but when I click 'regions and language' the screen disappears. As everything is in Chinese, I am not sure what else to try. Any suggestions will need to be able to get past the on-screen language barrier. Thanks in advance.


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Which instructions you have followed?

 

 

How to Change the Display Language in Windows 10


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the link you provided is an example of the instructions I have followed. When I get to 'region and language' and click on it, the screen disappears.


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Please follow my instructions at below link to execute SFC command.

 

 

System File Checker (Sfc.exe)

https://www.dost-tec...c.php?f=10&t=99


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Thank you for your time and expertise. The problem I have is when I open these screens and all the options are in Chinese. I do not know what I am clicking on.. I really do appreciate your help. I was hoping for screen shots where I could transfer the information by sight. The local 'geeks' here in Hong Kong are not very accommodating to westerners.


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I'm sorry but i cannot found chinese instructions you can convert any page to any language using google translator.  


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Thank you.


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If I may chime in with a question folks  :)

 

Is this a new computer with very little or no personal data on the HDD santsteve, reason I ask is because a clean install in your chosen language would solve your problem, we never suggest a clean install unless it is a last resort or it is obvious that it is required but it could be the quickest and most efficient option for you here.


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The problem I have is the current default language is in Chinese, so I do not know for sure what I am clicking on. I can download web pages in English, but all instructions are in Chinese. I can use the icons only so far and then it is in Chinese characters. It isn't in English at all. Also, when I get to the 'region and language' page, the page (and process to that point) disappears when I click on it and I am back to my screensaver.

 

Thank you for taking the time to respond.


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You can download a Windows 10 ISO on any computer and then use the ISO on another to do a clean install, see media creation tool instructions here you should be able to create the ISO on your computer without anything turning to Chinese translation.

 

Other than the above I can only suggest that you have the person that you obtained the computer from put this right, you really should not have been sold a computer set up in such a way.


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I agree with the set-up comment. It was a Groupon deal for a store demo. I will try your ISO suggestion. Thank you, you have given some great info.


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You are welcome and please let us know how you get on or if you have any questions along the way.

 

The computer being new it will have UEFI as opposed to stock BIOS so if you go the USB thumb drive route you may need to disable secure boot before the computer can boot from the USB, steps below (not sure which access key you will need as brands differ so have used F2 as an example below).

 

To switch UEFI native mode to legacy BIOS mode (and disable secure boot):

Restart the computer. In Windows 8/8.1/10 from the Start or Desktop screen move your pointer over the upper or lower right corner of the screen. When the Windows Charms appear, click the Settings ( ) charm, click Power, and then the Restart option.
Press and hold the F2 key when the screen goes black, and wait for the BIOS setup utility to launch. If your system cannot boot into Windows , shut down the computer completely, then press F2 while powering back on.

Select Security -> Secure Boot, and then Disabled.

Select Advanced -> System Configuration, and then Boot Mode.
Change UEFI Boot to CSM Boot.
To save the change and exit the BIOS setup, press F10. 


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Thank you.


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You are welcome  :)


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How are you getting on with this santsteve.


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