English Language for windows 95

March 30, 2013 at 15:09:17
Specs: Windows 95 FR, 500MHz /128mb
Here is an interesting problem
I have been given a PC by a friend.
His girlfriend was French and had a french PC (keyboard layout)
She went back to France and left the PC with him.
He says he never used the PC much and so it has been laying around in his flat for years (about ten years). He has given the PC to me.
I had some trouble making it work, but the PC does work
I can log into windows
Specs: 128mb RAM, 10gb hard disk
o/s Windows 95 French
Strangely the following installed programs are all in English
Microsoft Office 97 professional
Microsoft Project 2000
Microsoft Visio 2000
Adobe Acrobat 4.0
But the problem is, all of the menus (for windows and ms office pro programs) are in French
But it definitely says MS Office English UK installed (not just writing for English UK)
There are no set up files for any of the programs - including the operating system

I cannot upgrade to English Windows 98, because there is an error to do with the difference of the languages. Installing windows 98 would mean none of my installed programs would work anymore.

What i think i need is the muti-language (MUI) pack files. Anyone have any idea about this.

I can use the PC, but it is very difficult to work out what all the words mean.

Many thanks for your help

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March 30, 2013 at 22:45:52
Exactly what 98 disk are you trying to do the upgrade with--a full version cd, an upgrade cd or an update cd (which only updates from 98 first edition to 98 second editiion)?

You'll probably end up having to format the drive and do a fresh install of 95 or 98.

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March 31, 2013 at 09:18:38
Windows 98SE full edition
Problem is it is English UK
The installed version is Win95 OEM
But the message says "This version of windows cannot be upgraded because the language is not supported. Upgrade is disabled"

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March 31, 2013 at 09:20:30
As i said before, i do not want to format and install as i will lose all my installed programs. There are no setup disks for the installed programs

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March 31, 2013 at 09:23:59
what i understand from a friend, Microsoft sold separately the language floppy disks. It wasn't MUI as such, but it did make all of the menus appear in the language of the language packs. Error messages would still be in French
I cannot find these language packs

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March 31, 2013 at 11:09:16

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March 31, 2013 at 16:13:32
There's an old trick that will allow you to upgrade to Win98 using the full install disk without losing your files. Just do a search for Win.com. Rename all of them (there may just be one) to Win.old, then reboot & install Win98 over the top of Win95.

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April 1, 2013 at 02:26:50
That will work as long as the French files that need to be overwritten have the same name as the English files.

If you do that you need to make sure you install it in c:\windows. Windows setup will default to installing in c:\windows.000 because it detects you already have a directory named 'windows'. So you need to change 'windows.000' back to just 'windows' so everything installs in your original directory.

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April 1, 2013 at 04:19:21
Reply to OtherHill
Thank-you, but that link is no good.
That link is for language support for documents, so you can write documents in different languages. It doesn't affect the operating system at all

I saw another equally ridiculous answer on this forum when i did an initial search. Someone advised someone else, just to go to control panel and change their geographical region to another region and it will install the language files for that region.

To the other two guys. I have located the windows 95 FR set up files. So what i can do, is to try it out as a test first. Many thanks for that.

I also found another bit advice that seemed complicated and probably can't use it
I was supposed to install system commanfer - which i can't get on floppy disk anymore, then install the extra operating system, copy the program files folder and then do some registry editor work.

I don't know :( i think maybe it would be easier to live with it.

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April 1, 2013 at 04:21:56
Oh i just remembered. I doubt very much the french files have the same name as the english ones. i haven't checked. win.com will have the same name, i am sure of it, but not the other thousand odd files. Renaming a thousand odd files..... :( ain't happening

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April 1, 2013 at 05:07:56

The link I provided states that the CD version of Win95 includes: "Multiple-language support is included in the CD-ROM version of Windows 95 and Windows 98".

Are you sure that doesn't mean OS support? Seems to mean that the way I read it. I see no mention of support for MS Office in the definition.

The floppy disk version does not have those files.

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April 1, 2013 at 15:38:30
"I saw another equally ridiculous answer"

I think you should lay off these sort of remarks when people are trying to help you for free in the own spare time.

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April 1, 2013 at 20:29:05
If OtheHill's link won't do what you need the only other thing would be installing 98 in the original directory as mentioned above. I honestly don't know what you'll end up with. However since it would be a full install so you will have a working 98 computer so it may not matter if the French files are overwritten. I'm just not sure how the 95 French program links and registry references will transfer over. It may work out just fine. If you do try it please post back the results so we'll know.

The software you mention--office 97, MS Project, MS Visio, Adobe acrobat--should be easy to replace if the upgrade doesn't work out.

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April 2, 2013 at 04:22:04
To OtheHill - i am sorry, no insult intended

I repeat again, what i replied to OtheHill
What you are reading on the link from Microsoft's website is install other languages for document support, so you can write documents in other languages. It doesn't do anything else. You can get different keyboard layouts, so you can write in other languages.

I actually knew this without testing the solution. As soon as i read the information, i knew what they meant. If anyone had actually used windows 95, you would know what it meant also

I do know, Microsoft sold separate language disks for windows 95 that was in effect an MUI pack, but Microsoft hadn't coined the phrase by this time.

Thank-you to everyone who has submitted an answer to this issue.
The best answer submitted by anyone is to rename win.com

The best answer was not on this site
You can install system commander, install the new o/s into a different directory, then copy the program files folder from the other language into this directory then do some registry editing.
I have a full list of instructions is anyone is interested. It seems a bit complicated to me. I would like to test it, but without system commander, i can't use it.

I will try the win.com solution and reply on this site if it works (or doesn't)

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April 2, 2013 at 04:25:39
To Daveincaps

The software is not easy to replace if you don't have the install disks

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April 2, 2013 at 04:35:03
To Othehill

I know the original floppy disk version of windows 95 doesn't have the o/s language support files

Microsoft released special floppy disks that gave that o/s language support. I believe they were only available to their premium customers and even then, only some languages were available.

I saw it in action, but never had the disks

The language disks change the GUI, menus etc
But do not change error messages, which will appear in the o/s language
Also MSDOS mode isn't affected either

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April 2, 2013 at 07:39:39
So, the solution is to acquire an install CD of the same version or of Win98se.

I don't know if you have the ability to clone/image the laptop hard drive but if you could your could then try some of the suggestions above. Like an over the top Win98se install. If things don't work you could then restore the original installation.

Download Magical jelly Bean Key Finder and use it to retrieve the installation key. This will help you with two things. First, that is what makes the installation legal. Acquiring a CD of a download is not illegal if you have a legal key.

Second, the key can help determine which version of Win95 you have. Been so long since I used 95 that I don't recall if that info is available any other way.

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April 2, 2013 at 07:55:58
I can make a CD of Windows 95 FR and i have a copy of Windows 95 UK
Both OEM
Windows 98 UK only
The CD keys aren't hidden (or encrypted Win 95)
I suppose problem i have is the PC doesn't have a CD Drive (floppy drive only)
Whilst it does have a USB port and USB support for windows 95 is installed, i am not sure that modern USB drives will be read even if they are FAT32
What i gotta do is to get hold of a floppy disk and make a win 95 boot disk
Join the old PC to the network, and copy the win95 FR files to a new PC which has a CD Writer. Make the win95 CD. Put a spare hard drive in the test machine, connect a USB CD ROM, boot from the floppy disk and install win95 FR
Then install Win95 UK after renaming all resident copies of win.com. I suppose it is equal to doing a repair of the o/s. I will report back

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April 2, 2013 at 09:48:08
If memory serves me correctly Win95 installs programs to the root directory. This means you can keep the programs and by modifying the registry make those files run again. I remember manually changing the path to a number of programs after adding an additional hard drive. I got the programs to work even though they were on a different drive letter. than originally installed. Not sure I actually modified the registry or something else. Been well over 10 years.

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April 2, 2013 at 21:03:54
@peacock, RE: #17

You can use USB Flash Drives with Windows 95 OSR2. They will need to be formatted FAT32 as you mentioned, but they do work.
See this page:

The driver has some limitations, such as you can only use ONE flash drive ONE time per Windows session. Reconnecting the drive does not work unless you reboot the machine first.

This driver is the only "universal" Windows 95 USB Flash Drive driver available at the moment, but I have been searching for others.

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April 2, 2013 at 23:22:11
Re # 13: "The best answer was not on this site. . ."

Installing system commander, installing windows in a different directory, copying the old program files directory to the new one and doing some 'registry editing' is a bunch of nonsense. That's doing it the hard way. The easy way is the over-the-top reinstall after renaming win.com--the method you plan on trying.

Again you need to make sure you reinstall in the original windows directory. I mentioned above that would be c:\windows but given it's a French install maybe the windows directory is named something Frenchy. You'll have to check that before doing the install.

Re # 14:

I meant disks for software that old should be cheap and probably easy to come by. I have several copies of Office 97 and of course you just download adobe acrobat. Jeez, at least be willing to spend a few bucks on your project.

Re # 17:

Yeah, for 95 the product ID and product key were the same and show in 'system properties'.

Is this a laptop? Otherwise I don't know why you would mess with an external USB cdrom. Unless you live on Mars you should be able to find a used internal cdrom at practically no cost and then you won't have to bother trying to get the USB one set up just right in 95 (or 98, whichever you plan on using).

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