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"The Language of This Installation of Windows Differs from the One You Are Installing" Error Message

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This article was previously published under Q282089
SYMPTOMS
If you try to upgrade or install Windows on a computer that is running a different language version of Windows, you receive the following error message:
Windows Setup

The language of this installation of Windows differs from the one you are installing. The option to upgrade will not be available.
You cannot upgrade or install a different language version of Windows.
CAUSE
This behavior occurs because you cannot run Windows Setup to upgrade one language version of Windows to a different language version of Windows. When you try to do so, the Setup program of the language version of Windows that you are currently installing displays the error message that is described in the "Symptoms" section of this article.
RESOLUTION
To resolve this issue, use one of the following methods:
  • Determine if the language version of Windows that you want to install is already supported by Windows. For additional information about the languages that are supported in Windows XP and Windows 2000, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    292246 List of languages supported in Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003
  • Use a multiple-boot configuration to install the other language version of Windows on a separate partition on your hard disk. For additional information about how to create a multiple-boot configuration on a Windows XP-based computer, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    306559 HOW TO: Create a Multiple-Boot System in Windows XP
    For additional information about how to configure a multiple-boot configuration in Windows XP and Windows 2000, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
STATUS
This behavior is by design.
MORE INFORMATION
For more information about multilingual options in Windows XP Professional, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Properties

Article ID: 282089 - Last Review: 07/25/2007 02:33:39 - Revision: 6.4

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
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