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need french accents on English keyboard in Vista Home Basic

Q: need french accents on English keyboard in Vista Home Basic

I need to use French accents from time to time. Don't want to use a French keyboard. How can I program keys to replace regular characters with special characters?

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A: need french accents on English keyboard in Vista Home Basic

Character map is here:
http://www.dummies.com/WileyCDA/DummiesArticle/id-4712.html
If you use Word or Open Office, look up "language settings" under help.

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Issue since moving from IE9 to IE11 in the office

I've changed the Language Preference on IE11 to add both of them, English by default
Microsoft Office is already set to use both language

Although using Internet Explorer, we are having an issue where it only seem to spell check one language, giving errors when typing words in the other language.

Read on the internet some people that added both language in the keyboard layout, but that's not an interesting solution because first the French keyboard layout does all the English keys and second people tend to accidentaly switch language while typing
using shortcut or whatever

Any help regarding this issue would be appreciated

Thanks

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Please help! I got a beautiful Toshiba laptop Windows 7 and the language is French & the keyboard is in French!!! I tried to follow the steps online and the vids, with no success! I don't speak French so it makes it that much tougher, please help!!!!
 

A:Switching a French Laptop to English including keyboard

Have you tried the following?

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17424/windows-change-keyboard-layout
 

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Living in France you cannot avoid a French keyboard, they're everywhere. So I learned using the azerty, but stuck to English.

This is of course beyond the people designing Windows.

So how can I have Windows 8 speaking English, but using French options for the rest (?, keyboard, date format, metric)?

And of course, ALSO WITH METRO please. It seems independent of the "real" OS.

Thanks in advance

A:French Keyboard, , metric and date with English speak W8

A lot of these changes can be made through the Control Panel > Clock, Language and Region
If it affects Metro, I do not know.

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hello
i found out by accident (i was messing with the keys) that i can use AltGr and e and get ?, which is great cos i'm French and my emails in French can be quite difficult to understand without accents. So I Googled to find out the other keys i can use with AltGr to create more accents and found it easily. But my computer won't do it.
I am using a UK keyboard and it is set on UK keyboard in the Regional and Language settings (i tried French keyboard but i don't know the layout of an AZERTY keyboard so it's too complicated)
Can anyone think of any reason why my computer will accept AltGr+e but nothing else?
thanks
Amy

A:French accents with AltGr

Hi Amy, what about buying a separate French keyboard, a USB one so you can plug/unplug as required ? Shouldn't be too much money, except not readily available in UK. You'd also need to enable French in the Regional settings.

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What are the codes for French accent marks using my Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e?  Holding down the alt key plus the four digit numbers does not work for me -
 
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Hi,
A friend of mine has the English Vista OS and would like to know if he buys the
French Win7 upgrade if it is possible (via the Clean Install route) to install on top
of the E. Vista and would that work.

Thanks
Ray
 

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OK, I've been doing some research since there are many clients coming to me wanting to have the ability to take their laptops to Mexico and have their family understand the words they are seeing on the computer. MS neutered Vista Basic so you can't just install a language pack and go for it. FINE.

But they have this other conflicting info saying you CAN change much of the system interface such as dialogue boxes to a different language.

So, I check it out. This applies to vista basic english installation. I can install LIP's in the following languages:

This package applies to the following languages:
• Afrikaans*
• Albanian*
• Armenian*
• Assamese*
• Azeri*
• Bengali (India)*
• Bosnian - Cyrillic*
• Bosnian - Latin*
• Gujarati*
• Filipino*
• Hindi*
• Icelandic
• Indonesian*
• Inuktitut
• Icelandic
• Indonesian*
• IsiXhosa*
• IsiZulu*
• Georgian*
• Kazakh*
• Luxembourgish
• Macedonian*
• Malay (Malaysia)*
• Malay (Brunei Darussalam)
• Marathi*
• Oriya*
• Serbian - Cyrillic*
• Sesotho sa Leboa*
• Tamil*
• Uzbek - Latin*
• Vietnamese*
• Welsh
ARE THEY SERIOUS? IS THIS A JOKE? because I am not laughing. I mean, what the hello is marathi? Tamil? Is... Read more

A:LIP's for Vista Basic english US

hello

I haven't used this but heard it works, its worth a look...good luck & let us know .... thx... http://www.froggie.sk/
 

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OK, this may sound weird, but I have a laptop installed with Simplified Chinese Windows Vista Home Basic, and I really suck at Chinese. I want some way to get an English interface on Chinese Vista without having to reinstall the whole thing. I tried an English MUI, but for some weird reason, it won't let me install.

Is there any other way to get an English interface onto Chinese Vista Basic?

A:Get English interface for Chinese Vista Basic?

Anyone? I desperately need help!

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A friend of mine who spends 8mths a year in france and 4 months in portugal, has just purchased a ACER laptop with XP and all sorts of bundled software in France at a great price, however, he cant seem to change the language option to english, someone else out there who recommended the Shop and Deal has just told him that microsoft have hard coded XP to only work in French on these machines.

Is that true, is there a way around this problem - he is learning french slowly while out there, but would find it more natural in English.
 

A:french XP to english

go into the control panel and click on regional and language settings. on the first page you have standards and formats, click customize and pick what you want, then click advanced and make that the same as you picked in the first window. That should do it. If not let us know and we can try something else.
 

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i have foolishly purchased a french note book and wish to change it to english is this possible and how can i do it help please thanks
 

A:win 7 from french to english

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hi to all, once again I am in need of help. I've just bought a pc from a french bankrupt auction its a Dell dimension dim2400. My problem is that the OS is in french and as my french isgood but not that good, I want to change it to english. So I have been on line at ebay and got myself windows xp in English, but what I want to know is - do I have to format drive c to reinstall the new version? And if I do do I need to make a reboot disk?.And lastly if the answer is yes to the last two questions how do I do it??!!

Thanks.

A:installing english xp on a french xp pc

Hi soapy

You will need to reformat unless there is a large enough unpartitioned space on HD and you want to keep the french version. Since the default on install is the whole drive, I doubt this would be the case. A clean install is the best option and is not very difficult. Remember that doing this will wipe the HD clean so if there is anything important on the drive you will need to save it, and make sure it would work with english version. Just follow the steps Here under Perform a clean install of Windows XP.

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helloooo,

i know im not on the right forum but people around here know so much i probably will get the correct answer anyhow.

i have XP and office in english, is it possible to both migrate them to french?

thanks

A:office english to french

  
Quote: Originally Posted by paascal


helloooo,

i know im not on the right forum but people around here know so much i probably will get the correct answer anyhow.

i have XP and office in english, is it possible to both migrate them to french?

thanks


Hi paascal,

Please check the link below which would be useful to you:

Change the default language for Office programs - support - Office.com

If you need more information feel free to reach out.

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A friend of mine asked me to wipe his PC and install a fresh XP on it. Easy enough. So I brought it home to do in my spare time. Now I have the XP disk, his CD Key, but his version of XP is French and I assume he wants to get it back that way. :(

Is it possible to do or would he have to find a French XP cd?

A:Is it possible to make XP French with an English Installer?

You will need his xp cd.

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After installing the sims 2 the language was Thai but I wen through the registery and edited the game into English. When I started the game, it was in English but once I clicked on one neghiborhood the text was in French. Please, can you help me have that in English?
 

A:SIMS2 in English but Instruction in French??? HELP!!

youl have to go into the system files installed in the c:\ drive...im not sure where but i am sure they will be written in a languages .dll or something...send an email to
[email protected] and ask them?

i assume this is a foriegn cracked copy of the game?? get the english version from the shop...its cheap now any way
 

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Hello

A company distribution agent works overseas running Windows 7 with Outlook 2007.

The workers has issues with trash/ spam ending up in the wrong folder / sents ending up in another area /and so forth. I have instructions from the workers what needs to be done. I am willing to help but I do not read French. Here Outlook is in the French language. All I need to do, if possible, is switch to English (Outlook) make the changes / test the changes/ and revert back to French (Outlook).

Is there an uncomplicated non damaging method to do this?

Let me know.
Thanks!

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New PC setup in French, needs changed to English
what are the steps?

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Hi,

We are having a strange intermittent problem here. We have XP Pro, and Office 2003, with templates created for our people to use with Word. These are basic templates for faxing, letters, etc. but with our very plain text logo on them. Everyone uses them, but for a couple of them, their spell-checker comes up in French. This only happens on the company templates and not to everyone. I've checked all the language settings and made sure they were set to English, but it still happens. I open the same template on my computer and all is fine. So it seems to be machine specific problem. Has anyone else ever heard of this?

Thank-you, I've learned a lot from reading here. It's a fabulous resource!!!
 

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I buy laptop here in france since i cant understand french i want to know how to change it to english.can you please help me how to change it.thanx

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I've been given a Fujitsu Siemans "Amilo M7440G" laptop (from France) to check out (wireless not working and other things to check)

Windows XP home (SP2)
AZERTY keyboard layout (not qwerty)

Everything is in french Text icons, properties etc. Making this very difficult to debug.

How do I get the displayed text to show in english?
I've played around with the Regional settings - Language and keyboard settings but it does not want to display english for me...

Basic question: If this was a French Windows Win XP OS install can I ever see the text in english??

Any help direction appreciated.
 

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A:Requesting a english-french dictionary software for Win XP~~

Non-speaking but freehttp://www.freelang.net/dictionary/french.phpMore choiceshttp://www.google.com/search?q=+english-fr...lient=firefox-a

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Hi everybody!

My concern here is that I would want to switch my "French" Windows XP into an "English" one. Indeed, I am going to give my laptop to a Nepalese friend, and he cannot read French.

Thank you for your assistance!

A:Switch Windows XP language from French to English

Hey,

The problem is that there is no ?switch? to change the language. You can change the keyboard layout but not the language of Windwos itself. In such cases you have to make a new and clean installation of Windows using installation disk.

I don?t know what notebook you have exactly but all drivers and tools for your Toshiba notebook you can find on Toshiba homepage.

By the way: If you install XP, I would recommend Service Pack 3. It contains important security updates.

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i have pc that is using a french windows 7 and i recently installed Adobe CS4 and it never ask me to choose the language, so i when i install it, adobe cs 4 is all in french and i went to Edit | Preferences | Interface | UI Language in photoshop and the only language i could choose is french. Does Adobe reflect on the language of the OS if not is there a way to change the language back to english without reinstalling the whole operating system.

thanks,
 

A:Changing Adobe illustrator from french to english

AI is not supplied in multi-language capability in a single package. You have to buy it in the language you require.
Evidently, the version you've installed is for French speakers.
 

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Hello everyone and Happy new year.
I want to replace Windows XP English home edition by Windows XP French professional edition.This would be on my old computer that only has 40 gig hard disk and 512 mb memory.It worked very well with the English version but it is for my sister who doesn't understand English.I do not want to install windows 7 as it takes to much memory to operate.
Do I have to to format my C drive and install the new windows french with the disk or can I install the new windows french in a different partition and after remove what is in the C drive?
Thank you
 

A:Solved: replace windows XP english by XP french

you can dual boot xp and xp

http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1
 

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Hello,

I have tried seaching for this information, but I can't find it anywhere.
What I would like to know is, do function words in Excel convert automatically if sent to someone with Excel in another language.
For example:

I am user English version of Excel. In my spreadsheet I use "COUNT" funtion. If I then send this document to someone who has the French version of Excel does "COUNT" then become "COMPTE" (which is the French equivalent).

Thanks in advance
 

A:Solved: Converting excel functions from English to French

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Hi,

I have Outlook Express, basically all the language, regional settings are United Kingdom, when i do spell check it is showing a French dictionary, i change this to english then restart and its back to French..... Any Ideas????????

A:Outlook Express - French Spelling - English Language!

Did you recently upgrade or change MS Office on that PC?Apparently, many folks have had this problem.Supposedly, this file - Snapfiles - Spelloe_setup.exe - will solve the problem.It is supposed to be virus free, but you should check it after you download it.Let us know if it solves it, OK?

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my windows word 2007 spell checks in french. powerpoint also.. how do i fix?
 

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Can I change the Windows 7 Operating system language from English to French? If so, how can that be done?

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My hp 522c crashed- I don't know cause. In puttering around I managed to go from the Blue HP Invent screen to one with french language requests in the background, much like a menu, and a box in the foreground requesting my password which I don't know. Any assistance and help in getting this diagnosed and fixed would be greatly appreciated.
 

A:Windows 98 HP 522c French background and English request for PASSWORD

Welcome to TechSpot

This looks to me like a setting in your BIOS. Don't know your PC, but the most frequent keys to hit at startup are Del, F1, F2 or F10.
Check around in BIOS for a Language setting and change that to English or whatever you need.
 

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Computer (Toshiba laptop) recently crashed and Windows 8.1 was reinstalled in France.
Unfortunately, all the MS Office commands on Ribbons (Excel, Word) are now in French!
I have tried all the recommended advice (forums, Microsoft) but in vain
First checked Windows has "English" as default language
Then, in Word under"Options Word" then "Standard" under "Parametres linguistiqes", under"Langue d'edition principale", "Anglais" is the only language shown
Any suggestions would be welcome

Thanks
 

A:W8 - Change French to English & Office 2007 Student edition

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Windows 2000 2003
Travels with file from computer to computer

Dictionary avail is only the system one.
The language options is only ENGLISH.
French is not even available for me to select.
I have a 4mb file with multiple headings, multiple topics, Thousands of hyperlinks.

I type status and info into each "topic" section, cut and paste from other files, and emails.

Hyperlind to file names.

I think it is related to a hyperlinked document name that starts with h3nnnn_-_all.pdf.

But, it will be checking spelling, and all of a sudden it will want to change normal english words to their French equivalent.

It complains there are too many spelling errors for it to check. I then created "my own library" to put all the technical terms in to reduce the number of errors. I put most of the english word errors that it wanted to convert to French into it, and that reduced the number of complaints, but it is amusing / annoying.

I cannot figure out how to find where the dictionary change is invoked within my file. Any ideas?

This might be related to my problem with the "too many edits problem" if that one is a heap problem. Don't know how to change the heap size of word 2000.
 

A:Word 2000 - Spell check switch between english and french on it's own

Hi Redsox2004,

Word documents, and different parts of a document, may be set in a different language (Tools / Set Language) than your default .

If you have copied from other documents then the copied text may be in another language.

You can set the text to not check spelling if it is causing you a problem, e.g. if you do not have the dictionary loaded for the language required. (same Tools / Set Language option).

You can see the language any text has been set in by looking in the status bar at the bottom of your screen.

HTH
Hew
 

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I would like to purchase and install another copy of Windows dedicated entirely to French. I know that I need an additional license, and my question is about how to install it and on which drive? I already have a dual boot Windows 7 and Xubuntu. Also, I am planning to transfer the current C: drive and the new OS drive to a 250GB SSD.

My current setup is a single 500MB Seagate SATA 3

C: current boot drive: drive 80GB
D: 50GB data
E: 60GB data
F: 60GB data
W: 90GB data
Ext4 25GB Xubuntu
Ext4 42GB data
Ext4 42 data
Swap 6GB

A:Installing a copy of French Windows 7 alongside the current English

You can install it on any drive or partition you want. It should be at least 60 GB.

Personally if you have room in your box for another drive, that`s what I would put it on.

Use a Solid State Drive, they are cheap

SSD 850 EVO 2.5" SATA III 120GB | Samsung Solid State Drives

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Hello all. Hopefully this is an easy and quick question to answer. I'm using an Inspiron 15, and don't know how to find or use accents when I type in French, Spanish or Italian. If anyone can help me with this I'd be extremely grateful. Thanks.

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Hello I want to buy orginal keyboard english only or english/arabic with silver frame with backlit feature for lenovo z50-70 core i7I am from egypt Please help me  Thanks

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my friends bought a notebook acer extensa and the OS installed was windows vista home basic.unfortunately he encountered viruses that kills the windows...he reformat he replace the windows vista home premium..since he dont have the windows recovery...the notebook works but he encountered some problems like the desktop display is too dark..well ofcourse from 64 bit turns to 32 bit colors...and the ethernet doesnt work anymore..he did try to download the drivers but when he run the driver its error...he also updated the hard ware but still didnt work...does it need to upgrade also the bios or any suggestion pls...thanks
 

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Here's the question --
I had a Dell Dimension IDE XP SP3 PC but the memory/motherboard is gone. I ordered a Dell Inspiron 530S that only has 1 320 Gb SATA drive. I have access to older Dimension PCs at the office, and could use some direction or web shortcuts on taking my old HD, which has XP Home SP3 and pictures and financials and resumes (Word '03) and adding that to a PC that can "see" my home PC hard drive as a secondary IDE drive so that I can copy files to a flash drive/CD to transfer to my new Dimension SATA/Vista Home SP1 drive. Thanks in advance for your response.

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I accidentaly uninstalled something like media accelerator from Intel and it prompted me to restart. Then, it was centered and looked like Home Basic. How do I make it look normal? Please help I don't know what to do
 

A:My Vista Home Premium looked like a centered Home Basic in my Laptop

Check this on setting a theme.
http://www.myvistathemes.com/articles/how-to-change-the-theme-in-windows-vista/
Set a theme and it should reinitialize aero destop
if there aren't any problems.
 

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Hello,

Can anyone tell me if i can change the language of windows vista from spanish to english? I have just bought a spanish pc and the OS is in spanish - doh!

Its got vista home premium. Some sites say that i just need to install the language pack, whereas elsewhere i have been reading that i need vista ultimate to download the MUI or LIP packs.

Can anyone cleverer than me clear this up?

thanks for any help.

Lee.

A:Can i change the language of vista home from spanish to english?

check for the language packs on windows update optional downloads

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I have recently purchased a new Acer Aspire 5535 laptop. It has Windows Vista Home Premium (WVHP) installed.

The computer came with a number of programs that I am not interested in having on my system. In addition, I was not provided a restore disc. I do own a copy of Windows Vista Home Basic (WVHB).

I would like to keep WVHP as I appear to be eligible for an upgrade to Windows 7 . . . but I would like to reinstall to get rid of all these worthless programs. Can I use a WVHB disc with my new WVHP product key?

Could I install WVHB with the WVHB product key, then use the WVHP key supplied by Acer to upgrade?

Thanks for your time in answering my question. I hope it isn't unclear.

Thanks,

Jeremy

A:Windows Vista Home Premium Key Home Basic Discs

I believe that if you install with the Basic disc the process will offer you a choice
of versions. Choose Home Premium and complete the install. Activate with your
Acer's Vista Product Key.

Ardneh

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1) I have Laptop and PC connected with lan cabel. They are both with Windows Vista Home Basic 32bit.
They both have no problems with internet.
They have the same WORKGROUP names.
Both have real IPs.
I see each other on the Network but i can not connect to them... (it was all OK when I was on XP...)
>When I try to connect from the Laptop to the PC i recive: "Error code 0x80070035", I click on Diagnose and I see this.
I tried to turn off the Firewall and the NOD32 antivirus, but ... nothing changed ....
The Sharing and Discovery Settings are OK, like this.

2) I give share permissions to my network.

3) May be I have to install "Client" for "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks" but is no listed 'Client' or 'Servise' to use.

4) I found I have to allow permissions in the firewall to some ports like:
-TCP 139
-UDP 137
-UDP 138
-TCP 445
... I did this ...
Give me some help how to manage with my network so I can browse both computers, copy files and so on ...
Thanks in advance

A:Home Network Problem on Vista Home Basic 32bit.

I can't help but just wondered why you have made another post not long after your first post with exactly the same question ?

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Hey there,

Basically I love gaming, and recently people have said to me that it would be a good idea to upgrade from Vista home basic, to Premium.

I tried checking the prices without much luck (Link directly from computer only shows US and Canada on country to buy it from list), so here are my questions.

Firstly does Premium give that much of a benefit to gaming on your computer, and secondly where can I buy the upgrade from (preferably cheap hehe)?
 

A:Worth upgrading Vista home basic to home premium?

Here is the comparison chart at the Vista site:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-vista/compare-editions/default.aspx

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This site is selling it for $80.00. I've bought software there in the past, and it's genuine.

http://www.softwareoutlet.com/Merch...de=8069&Category_Code=UTI-014&Product_Count=8

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I don't have enough RAM on my computer to run vista home premium, and I don't have enough money to buy anymore RAM. Therefore, how do I downgrade from vista home premium to vista home basic? (By the way, I only have 766 MB of RAM on my computer). Please help.
 

A:How to Downgrade from Vista Home Premium to Home Basic

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I live in India. I recently bought Vista Home Basic. Is there any way i can upgrade to Vista Home Premium 64 bit or above without loosing the money I spent on the Vista Home Basic which was for Rs.3500/US$ 70 I just realized the home basic 32 bit does not read memory over 3300 MB , where as I have 8 GB DDR2 800 MHz RAM plus a Core 2 Quad 2.37 GHz Processor

A:Upgrading Vista Home Basic to Home Premium 64 bit

Sorry mate, you can't upgrade a 32 bit version to a 64 bit version. it will require a fresh installation.

You can contact MS to send you the x64 version, however you will also have to pay for the upgrade to the premium license.

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Can I upgrade to premium and have all my files,settings,programs etc carried over automatically or do I need to save them to a external hard-drive or something? I'm on a laptop,2gb,I've ran the Update Advisor which says I can update from my current V.Home Basic to Home Premium.
 

A:Upgrade Vista home basic to home premium

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I have a Lenovo G500 laptop and I have problem with my keyboard. Out of nowhere my keyboard does not type, the only thingies can type are vowels with accents. I checked to see if the Ctrl and both alt button are stuck but they aren't. I took the keys off to clean underneath just to be sure. I also plugged in a USB keyboard but that also does not type anything other than the accented vowels. Although some other buttons do work on the USB keyboard that don't on my laptop such as the arrows and the enter button on the far right. I tried twice doing a system restore but it failed to restore (currently trying a third time). Is there any solution to this? I'm currently unable to login and right now my laptop is completely useless.
 
 
Mod's Edit: System model added to front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.

A:G500 - Keyboard only types vowels with accents

Hi urzu7, If you are still able to go inside Windows. Method 1:Press the Windows key + C to open your Charms..Select the Settings charm, and then click Change PC settings..Click Time and language, then select Region and language.On the right, select your language and the click Options.Click Add a keyboard and then select the keyboard you want from the list. This will add your selection to the Keyboards list. You can remove a keyboard by clicking on it then click RemoveAdd the keyboard with the corresponds to your country, then remove the wrong one.Method 2:On your desktop you will see your current language in the lower right corner beside the clock. Click on your current language and choose a keyboard layout, then remove the wrong one.  If you are no longer able to go inside Windows. From your on-screen keyboard, tap or click on the small keyboard icon in the lower right corner, then select a keyboard layout.   Hope this helps. 




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I'm looking at a new Dell laptop for my wife to use. Her real interest is in having a webcam so she'll be able to see her new grandchild using Skype or similar. It will also be used for basic internet surfing.

The basic computer I'm pricing comes with Vista Home Basic but the Dell rep is telling me I should have Home Premium since it will be used with a webcam. I have a feeling I'm getting a sales pitch since we'll never use the computer for any advanced video producing and such. Do I need the Premium for an additional $30 or is the Basic sufficient?

Here are the basics of what the computer will have in case that helps:

Inspiron 1525
Intel? Pentium? Dual Core T2390 (1.86GHz/533Mhz FSB/1MB cache)
Genuine Windows Vista? Home Basic Edition SP1
Glossy, widescreen 15.4 inch display (1280x800)
3GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz
Size: 250GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
CD / DVD Writer (DVD+/-RW Drive)
Dell Wireless 1395 802.11g Mini-Card
Webcam Option
6 cell battery
High Definition Audio 2.0


Thanks for your help. Terry

A:Vista Home Basic or Home Premium?

I know of no reason why you would need Premium to support a webcam I think he may be spinning you a tale.

Check out this link to see the differences

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/win...s/default.aspx

The premium version will give you a better visual experience but I dont think it will make a difference in video as a better Graphics card would do.

But for your extra $30 you will get Windows media support and the overall visual look of the software if far better but this is not a neccesity

Buy Basic!

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