Windows Legacy OS forum

General discussion

Sony Vaio with Japanese Windows ME - I don't speak Japanese!

My husband bought me a cute Sony Vaio from a Japanese guy at a garage sale. Very cute little thing, but it has Windows ME personal,Japanese version on it. I don't speak Japanese. I have tried lots of ways to change language or get online (then I don't care what language the OS is).... but to know avail.

I thought I might get a version of XP (or XP upgrade) and just install over the Japanese ME Personal.

Any thoughts anyone?

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Sony Vaio with Japanese Windows ME - I don't speak Japanese!
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Sony Vaio with Japanese Windows ME - I don't speak Japanese!
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -

In reply to: Sony Vaio with Japanese Windows ME - I don't speak Japanese!

I don't know if this will work.

Start>Control panel>Regional and language options>Language>Details


Collapse -
But's all in Japanese!

In reply to: Fionams

Thanks Tom, I thought of changing the language options, but it's all in Japanese, so I can't work out where I'm going! Plus, because it's Windows Personal, OS is slightly different & also some of the commands are backwards, but not all.

Again - issue with this OS is that it's Japanese, and I can't work out how to use it. If I wipe it all & start again, I'll be fine - but can anyone tell me if just installing XP will do it?

Collapse -
(NT) I figured as much,it was just a thought

In reply to: But's all in Japanese!

Collapse -
Japanese don't have to talk to India.

In reply to: Sony Vaio with Japanese Windows ME - I don't speak Japanese!

When a Sony owner in Japan calls Customer Service, they get someone who fluently speaks Japanese (shock!).

If you change to English, you will end up in India where you won't be able to understand a word they say.

Perhaps you might want to learn Nihon-go?

Collapse -
A clean install ...

of your preferred language version of your preferred OS is the only way to go. Be sure you've got the right drivers from Sony, or be prepared to run Belarc or Everest to find out what's in the box and find the drivers elsewhere.

Hope this helps.


Popular Forums

Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


This one tip will help you sleep better tonight

A few seconds are all you need to get a better night's rest.