I recently bought a Toshiba NB550D and need to upgrade the pre-installed Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Pro. I tried the (preinstalled) Anytime Upgrade Wizard but this does not work. I get stuck in the wizard because - as he tells me - "You might need to change locale or language settings to purchase Windows Anytime Upgrade online". I learned that in order to use Anytime Upgrade the locale settings must be identical to those of the country where your billing address is located. For me this country is Switzerland, so everything needs to be in German.
The problem is, the Windows 7 Starter installation always uses English as "Display Language" and this cannot be modifed after installation. I tried rolling back the installation but there is no choice possible, it is always English. All other locale and language settings can be modified.
Is there a way to force the display language of Windows 7 Starter to German (either before or after initial installation)?
Is there a way to upgrade to Windows 7 Pro circumventing the problem, e.g. by using a different approach than the anytime upgrade wizard?
This is depending on the preinstalled Windows 7 Starter. If Windows 7 Starter was preinstalled in English language just an upgrade to an English version of Windows 7 Professional is possible. So you can’t upgrade from English to German for example, therefore you have to buy a new Windows 7 version.
So either you buy a new Windows 7 Professional version in German or you upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate. The Ultimate version provides MUI (Multilingual User Interface).