Bookmark: Windows 7 Legal Download

Windows 7

Link: Download Windows 7 SP1 Official ISO from Digital River

Quick Links:

As usual, as it’s my duty to keep all the computer safe in my workplace, I will eventually stumble upon the ultimate solution of all: reinstall windows. As they usually have the serial number, but they don’t have the original Windows installation DVD, I need to burn the Windows installation DVD for them, and I have to look for the matching edition with the license. In the link above, you will find many version of Windows 7 installer ISO, from Ultimate, Professional, and Home Premium. And all of this is a legal download. It’s a content from after all, which is a partner of Microsoft that provide the digital media for the clients who buy Windows online. But of course you have to activate it within 30 days with a legal serial number (aka buy it from Microsoft) to keep it working.


Bookmarks: Windows 7 Multilanguage User Interface download

Link: Download Windows 7 MUI Language Packs

Direct link:  English 64 bit  |  Chinese (Traditional) 64 bit  |  Chinese (Simplified) 64 bit
Direct link:  English 32 bit  |  Chinese (Traditional) 32 bit  |  Chinese (Simplified) 32 bit

How to:

  1. Download the language packs. Make sure it’s 32 bit or 64 bit according to your need! It has different installation link for 32 bit and 64 bit version.
  2. Run it, and after a few confirmation click, it will install itself onto Windows’ system. If you run it and there’s no window opened or no response, then you download the wrong version (32 bit vs 64 bit) of the language pack.
  3. Open Control Panel –> Region and Language (or Change Keyboard and other input methods) –> Keyboard and Language tab –> Choose a display language. Then choose the just installed display language.
  4. Troubleshooting: if the language you just installed is not there, or there is no “Choose a display language” option, then you almost likely download the wrong version of the language packs (32 bit language pack vs 64 bit windows version, or vice versa, as in my case). Download the correct language pack version this time, and repeat the step 2 and 3.

Working with a foreign company and co-worker need you to workaround the language barrier problem. That’s especially true with me and my job position as a computer teacher and IT staff at Surabaya Taipei International School right now, which using Chinese as their main language of communication. As I work, I need to overcome not only human language barrier problem, but also computer language problems too. More often than not, I need to do problem solving in a Chinese user interface computer, while my mother language is Indonesian, and the computer I usually worked on is English. So I need to use my brain to remember correctly where each option is, and solve computer problems while facing alien scripture in the screen. Thanks God, there are no big problems so far.

But then, today, one of my students asked me to install a Chinese Windows over his English Windows, and he doesn’t want a dual boot. That means I had to wipe out all his programs. But he doesn’t want that happened either. So, I have to search for other way. I remember that I used to read there are option to change display language without the need to re-install Windows. When I tried to open it, it points to Windows Update to download the language packs. But what I need are standalone downloadable language packs that can be installed at any point without re-downloading the whole language pack because of its huge size (100~250 MB). After a thorough search, I find a wonderful site that lists all the language packs for Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit) that can be downloaded from official site for free. Here I list the language packs I usually used at the top of the post, but if you want the others, just click on the original website.