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I'm trying to provide a Japanese installation of Windows Server 2008 R2 to a user for localization testing. I've done this before with Windows XP which seemed to have a Japanese specific disc. I can't find a similar method for installing a Japanese version of Windows Server 2008 R2.

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Is there a difference between a localized version of Windows Server 2008 R2 and an English version with the Japanese language pack installed?

This question on the technet forums is similar to mine but the answer is not clear to me. Thanks for your help.

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Check Additional display languages on Windows Server 2008 R2: Error while installing for more info - I think the distinction in the first answer between language packs and localization via license is what you're looking for.

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This leads me to believe there is one international version of the operating system that supports overlaying language packs. As far as I can tell an English installation configured with a "fully localized pack" is indistinguishable from a copy purchased off the shelf in Japan. Thanks. –  Jack Dec 2 '11 at 19:12

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