If you try to upgrade or install Windows on a computer that
is running a different language version of Windows, you receive the following
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.
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.
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:
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:
For additional information about how to configure a
multiple-boot configuration in Windows XP and Windows 2000, visit the following
Microsoft Web site:
HOW TO: Create a Multiple-Boot System in Windows XP
behavior is by design.
For more information about multilingual options in Windows
XP Professional, visit the following Microsoft Web site: