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Installed a new Language, now programs and features are gone :(

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by JDcompy, Jun 10, 2014.

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  1. JDcompy

    JDcompy Thread Starter

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    Hi again,

    This is regarding my Desktop Computer. No make/model

    Windows XP Home SP3.

    Everything was going well until one day when I decided I wanted to be able to post on a Japanese website. I don't have the ability to read/write in Japanese because I never installed that language thing on my computer. So I pulled out the Windows Home CD and popped it in the computer. I followed instructions online and viola! Japanese characters now show up on webpages.

    And then the darkness fell. Somehow "calc" is no longer found on my computer. Goodbye calculator. Also, my Sound Volume Control is gone. When I go to Sounds and Audio Devices Properties, I can no longer click ADVANCED in Device Volume to have those nifty volume bars displayed. In addition, whenever I try to open up a document, it says something about installing Windows it says something about installing windows professional office publisher something something even though the document is .doc .

    I don't understand how I could have done all of this. Ideas? :(

    Thank you again in advance.
     
  2. JDcompy

    JDcompy Thread Starter

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    Added to the lost items, it seems Internet Explorer has gone away, too :(
     
  3. blues_harp28

    blues_harp28 Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    Hi, you have more problems than just the read/write in Japanese and you may have to try a repair install.
    But that does not always work and backing up any needed data and files must be done first

    XP-Repair install.
    Insert the XP cd in the CD ROM Drive then switch on the computer.

    You will receive the following message:

    This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

    To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.
    To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.
    To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
    ----------------------------------------------------------
    DO NOT at this point select R.... DO NOT SELECT R

    Select ENTER
    ----------------
    On the Windows XP Licensing Agreement screen
    Press F8 to agree to the license agreement

    Select current installation of Windows XP.and then

    Press R to repair Windows XP.
    -----------------------------------
    Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to repair Windows.
    After you repair Windows , you may have to reactivate your copy of Windows XP
    And install all Windows updates.

    A repair install should leave all of your programs and data in place.

    Read all info and warnings - as a Repair Install does not always work
    http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
     
  4. JDcompy

    JDcompy Thread Starter

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    Thank you for the information! Is there a less risky course of action? I've had windows installed on this computer for a few years now without issues. I can't imagine how installing a language pack would erase other programs :(
     
  5. blues_harp28

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    It's hard to know what files were transferred when you put in the Cd to install more language files.

    You could try.
    Boot from the Xp install Cd...when prompted press [R]
    Choose Windows installation [typically by pressing [1]
    When prompted for password.
    Press Enter.
    Type chkdsk /r
    [note space]

    Let it scan the pc.
    When fininshed.
    Type Exit
    And press Enter.
     
  6. JDcompy

    JDcompy Thread Starter

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    Ok. I'm not very computer savvy. What does that last set of instructions do?

    Thank you, kindly!
     
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    There was no need to use the Windows XP Home Edition disc to add another language.

    You also didn't say if that Windows XP Home Edition disc contains SP3.

    I fear you may have trashed or damaged the Windows XP Home Edition SP3 operating system in your computer.

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/...cs/en-us/input_kbd_add_language.mspx?mfr=true

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-xp/help/setup/set-up-multiple-languages-windows-xp

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  9. JDcompy

    JDcompy Thread Starter

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    Hi Flav,

    Thanks again for your continued help-

    Somewhere in the control panel, when I clicked Add input language (asian) it said I needed to put in the windows disc. I put in the windows disc that I used for this computer (Windows Home). I don't think this disc has SP3 built in. I'm pretty computer-illiterate (as you probably know by now) How could I have trashed my operating system by adding a language feature from the disc?

    Thank you!
     
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