See Default System Language of Windows 10

    See Default System Language of Windows 10

    How to See System Default UI Language of Windows 10
    Published by Category: General Tips
    16 Aug 2017
    Designer Media Ltd

    Published by


    Brink's Avatar
    Administrator

    Posts: 25,791

    Show Printable Version 


    How to See System Default UI Language of Windows 10

    information   Information
    The system default UI language is the language of the localized version used to set up Windows. All menus, dialog boxes, error messages, and help files are represented in this language, except when the user selects a different language.

    This tutorial will show you how to see what language Windows 10 was installed with.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To See System Default Language of Windows 10 in PowerShell
    • Option Two: To See System Default Language of Windows 10 in Command Prompt
    • Option Three: To See System Default and Installed Language of Windows 10 in Registry Editor





    See Default System Language of Windows 10 OPTION ONE See Default System Language of Windows 10
    To See System Default Language of Windows 10 in PowerShell

    1. Open PowerShell.

    2. Copy and paste the command below into PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    [CultureInfo]::InstalledUICulture

    Name:  Windows_language_PowerShell.png
Views: 9123
Size:  15.0 KB






    See Default System Language of Windows 10 OPTION TWO See Default System Language of Windows 10
    To See System Default Language of Windows 10 in Command Prompt

    1. Open an elevated command prompt.

    2. Copy and paste the command below into the command prompt, and press Enter.

    dism /online /get-intl

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Windows_language_command.png 
Views:	845 
Size:	75.2 KB 
ID:	49321






    See Default System Language of Windows 10 OPTION THREE See Default System Language of Windows 10
    To See System Default and Installed Language of Windows 10 in Registry Editor

    1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type regedit, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.

    2. In Registry Editor, browse to the key location below. (see screenshot below)

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Nls\Language

    3. In the right pane of the Language key, look at the value data (ex: 0409) of the Default and InstalledLanguage string value keys. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    Default = Indicates the system default locale . The value of this entry indicates that locale 0409 (U.S. English) is used when no other language is specified.

    InstalledLanguage = Indicates the installed language.


    The value data (ex: 0409) represents the LCID (Locale ID). You can look up the LCID in the table at Microsoft below to what locale/language you have.

    Locale IDs Assigned by Microsoft


    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Windows_default_language_registry.png 
Views:	453 
Size:	47.8 KB 
ID:	61158


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    09 Nov 2016 #1
    Join Date : Nov 2016
    Posts : 7
    Win 10 Pro

    The lack of even an allusion to the possibility of CHANGING the system default UI language fairly screams from this page . Can it be done? Is it as simple as changing the two registry keys of Option 3? Or will 'bad things' occur if I stick my fat fingers into the registry and change those two values to something else? with thanks, Scott
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  2.    09 Nov 2016 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 25,791
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17046
    Thread Starter

    Hello Scott,

    You could change the display language of Windows 10 using the method in the tutorial below.

    Language - Add, Remove, and Change in Windows 10
      My ComputersSystem Spec
  3.    09 Nov 2016 #3
    Join Date : Nov 2016
    Posts : 7
    Win 10 Pro

    Thank you Shawn, very much. I believe the following comments will save at least some readers a large amount of time:

    1. If one is trying to change the System Default UI language (and not the displayed language of an individual user), then the relevant tutorial is not the one you cite above, but is instead: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3815-region-language-settings-copy-windows-10-a.html (How to Copy Region and Language Settings to Welcome Screen and New User Accounts in Windows 10)

    2. If you're like me, you don't want to really change the default system UI language at all. Your problem is that you have in your hand an upgrade .iso, but the upgrade won't allow you to preserve apps setting and files because the 'edition' of the iso isn't the 'same' edition as your current installed Windows. And logic tells you this can't be the real reason you can't preserve files apps and settings, because OF COURSE the .iso is of a different edition -- that's why you using it at all, to UPGRADE.

    The shameful truth is that it is the system default UI language which is likely to be different between the .iso and your installed Windows. None of the other language settings seem to matter, although YMMV. Rather than go through the rather delicate procedure in the tutorial just cited, i found that indeed if I just change the value of the "default" key of this tutorial, changing to the correct, desired, LCID (i.e. the one matching the upgrade .iso), then the command dism /online /get-intl reports the system default UI Language to be immediately changed. So you can proceed with the upgrade, and --miracle of miracles -- you can keep files apps and settings.

    When the upgrade completes, it is probably safer to restore the registry value using he control panel Region settings in the tutorial mentioned in the previous paragraph. However you choose to do it, making the default system UI language agree between the current installation and the upgrade media was absolutely critical to keeping my apps settings and files.
    Last edited by sbpetrack; 10 Nov 2016 at 05:07. Reason: minor typos
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  4.    09 Nov 2016 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 25,791
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17046
    Thread Starter

      My ComputersSystem Spec

 


Similar Threads
Tutorial Category
General Tips Language - Add, Remove, and Change in Windows 10
How to Add or Remove Language Packs and change Display Language in Windows 10 Three first builds of Windows 10 Technical Preview were only available in English, Portuguese and Chinese. Finally last week the Build 9926 changed this and brought a...
Tutorials
Solved Windows display language
Hi all, I would like to make a global setting on my PC for ALL accounts. I have English (Australia) installed and also United Kingdom. 39471 I would like to set this to my Current User setting but, as can be seen in the pic, it directs...
General Support
Windows 10. Use languages different from UI language
Hi all, I have a small problem with languages in windows 10 (originally the same problem was in win8, but I didn't solve it there as well). I bought the laptop with german windows. But whole my life I worked with english UI interface. I know what...
General Support
Windows 10 Single Language
Windows update has the new build 9926 as a Single Language edition available. 11145 ....... Properties still show as Windows 8.... 11146 .......... footprint....... It is being distributed with a pid as follows:
Windows 10 News
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:10.
Find Us
Twitter Facebook Google+ Ten Forums iOS App Ten Forums Android App



Windows 10 Forums