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    Language - Add, Remove, and Change in Windows 10

    How to Add or Remove Language Packs and change Display Language in Windows 10
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    07 Sep 2015
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    How to Add or Remove Language Packs and change Display Language in Windows 10

    Note   Note
    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 long-awaited feature for us speakers of other languages and multilingual users alike. Windows 10 is now available in 25 languages, each of these languages can also be installed as additional display language in any other language version.

    We "foreigners", ex-pats, immigrants and students abroad are not the only one sometimes in need of another language, wanting to change or add another Windows display language. A fellow Finn from back home when visiting me here in Germany could find and buy a nice laptop here but its Windows operating system would of course be in German. No worries, if it's Windows 8 or later OS he could have the Windows converted into Finnish within minutes after unsealing the box.

    This tutorial will show you how to use Windows Language Packs in Windows 10, and how to change your Windows Display Language.


    Contents:
    Part One: Tutorial as a video
    Part Two: Tutorial as a presentation
    Part Three: Tutorial with lots of text and pics
    Part Four: Uninstall (remove) language packs
    Part Five: Known issues




    Language - Add, Remove, and Change in Windows 10 Part One Language - Add, Remove, and Change in Windows 10
     For you who prefer a video tutorial


    Here's the whole process in a short video tutorial:


    Credits:





    Language - Add, Remove, and Change in Windows 10 Part Two Language - Add, Remove, and Change in Windows 10
     The same as a presentation:


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    Language - Add, Remove, and Change in Windows 10 Part Three Language - Add, Remove, and Change in Windows 10
     For you who'd rather have text and screenshots


    The text below is word by word the same as in video narrative in Part One, also the screenshots are captured from the video.

    1.) Sign in to Windows 10 using an administrative account. Go to Start Menu and click Settings:
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    2.) In Settings, select Time & Language, then Region & Language on the left pane, click Add Language on the right pane:
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    3.) Browse to language you want to add. Notice that languages are listed in alphabetical order according to the default Windows language, in this case English:
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    For instance my native language is Suomi but it's found not under S but instead under F according its English name Finnish.


    4.) If the language you have selected has local variations, click the main language then select the one youd prefer from subselection. In my case now I want to add the French language spoken in France:
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    5.) When you have added the languages you need its time to install the Language Packs. Select a language, click Options:
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    6.) Click Download. Notice that downloading and installing a Language Pack can be quite slow and take up to 10 minutes even on a fast PC. The indicator shows you the progress:
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    7.) Go back to Language Selection page. Download all other language packs needed exactly as we just did with French.

    If you want to change the language of the user account you are currently using, select a language, click then Set as Primary:
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    8.) To apply a display language change sign out from your user account and sign back in to Windows. As long as you stay logged in after changing the display language, Windows will use the old language only changing it in next sign in.


    9.) If you want to change the language of another user account, sign in to that account first.
    Note   Note
    Notice that Windows allows you to select a different display language for each user account.


    10.) For the purpose of this tutorial lets change the language for my Swedish (Test) account. I need to sign in to said account first, and then change the default display language English to a version of Swedish spoken in my native bilingual Finland. After signing in to said account, I'll do again steps 1 to 5 from above: Open Start Menu, click Settings, select Time & Language, then Region & Language on the left pane. On the right pane, click Add a Language and browse to the language you want to use, in this case now I select Swedish (Finland):
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    11.) Notice that the Swedish (Finland) Language Pack I want to use is already installed because I installed all Language Packs I need earlier at the same time while signed in to my main administrative account:
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    12.) Now its easy to change the display language for this user account. Select a language, click Set as Primary:
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    13.) Windows will now tell you that the language you have selected will be the new display language after next sign in:
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    14.) Sign out from your user account, sign back in. You will now see that Windows has changed the display language for this user account. The user account is now translated to your preferred language:
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    That's it!




    Language - Add, Remove, and Change in Windows 10 Part Four Language - Add, Remove, and Change in Windows 10
     Uninstall a language pack

    The procedure for uninstalling language packs has remained the same as it was in Windows 8.1. Please see Option One, Step 6 in this tutorial at our sister site the Eight Forums: Language Pack - Install or Uninstall in Windows 8




    Language - Add, Remove, and Change in Windows 10 Part Five Language - Add, Remove, and Change in Windows 10
     Known issues

    • It is no longer possible to install language packs from Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Language​. This is at the moment somewhat illogical; users must use the new route Start Menu > Settings > Time & Language to install a language pack, and the old route Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Language to remove it as told above in Part Three.
    • It might be disturbing for some users that the Start Menu section titles will at least for now be shown in default system language. If in originally English Windows 10 exists an additional user account in French and another in Spanish, and the Spanish is later set as system language, both original English user account as well as the French one will see their Start Menu section titles in Spanish. Not a big issue but something worth for the coder geeks in Redmond to check in future builds.

     


    Feel free to post your comments and questions in this thread .

    Tip   Tip
    Applying a language pack to a user account does not change the Windows default system language used in Welcome, Sign In, Sign Out and Shutdown screens, Start Menu section titles and for Built-in Administrator account.

    To change the default system language to other than Windows install language please see this tutorial:
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3815-region-language-settings-copy-windows-10-a.html



    You have now set up a multilingual Windows system. Enjoy, join the Ten Forums for other tips, tricks and tutorials and to get the latest Windows 10 News!

    Kari


  1.    30 Jun 2015 #1

    From the command prompt, how do I set the default language of the interface?

    Thanks

    Bye
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  2. Kari's Avatar
    Posts : 10,581
    Windows 10 Pro
       30 Jun 2015 #2

    It is extremely demanding and time consuming, best to do in Audit Mode when customizing Windows install image. You need to install Windows ADK for WIndows 10: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/win.../dn913721.aspx. Scroll down the page, the Windows ADK download link is almost at the bottom of the page.

    When done, herea reference for command line options: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/lib.../dn621905.aspx

    Kari
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3.    30 Jul 2015 #3

    Hello all,

    I'm having trouble installing the English language pack on my laptop.
    I live in Brazil and my computer's base language is Portuguese. I was running 8.1 in English but after updating to Windows 10, it only allows me to use the Portuguese display language. I followed the steps on here, downloaded the language pack, but keep running into the same problem. Windows tells me that "Only one language pack is allowed". I've set my region to the United States, set English as my default language, but still cannot set it as my display.

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    I went into my advanced language options and tried to do it through there, but got the same error message. "English is not available as a display language in this version of Windows". I have no idea why, since everybody seems to be able to install it just fine.

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    Finally, I gave in and tried to install the MUI Language Pack manually. I still ran into the same problem, telling me that "This language cannot be installed". I'm running Windows 10 Home so I figure that I should be able to get this working, but can't figure out what's causing the problem.

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    Can somebody help me out? I really want to fix this.

    Thank you in advance!
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  4.    30 Jul 2015 #4

    Hello again,

    I just noticed I'm running Windows 10 Home Single Language.

    Is there any way I can change the language or will I have to reinstall in English?

    Rafael
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5.    30 Jul 2015 #5

    Rafael said: View Post
    Hello again,

    I just noticed I'm running Windows 10 Home Single Language.

    Is there any way I can change the language or will I have to reinstall in English?

    Rafael
    Hi, can I ask how did you find out that you were running Home Single Language?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. Kari's Avatar
    Posts : 10,581
    Windows 10 Pro
       30 Jul 2015 #6

    Rafael said: View Post
    Hello again,

    I just noticed I'm running Windows 10 Home Single Language.

    Is there any way I can change the language or will I have to reinstall in English?

    Rafael
    The only way to get it in English is to reinstall using an English install media, or any other full language version and then install English language pack. A Single Language version cannot be upgraded to multilingual version.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7.    30 Jul 2015 #7

    cappuccino said: View Post
    Hi, can I ask how did you find out that you were running Home Single Language?
    Cappucino, if you look at your PCs information, it'll show you all your specs and what version of Windows you're running.

    Kari, do you know where I can get an English install media? Do I have to buy a new version of Windows or will I be able to reinstall without a problem?
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  8. Kari's Avatar
    Posts : 10,581
    Windows 10 Pro
       30 Jul 2015 #8

    Rafael said: View Post
    Kari, do you know where I can get an English install media? Do I have to buy a new version of Windows or will I be able to reinstall without a problem?
    Check this tutorial: Windows 10 ISO Download - Windows 10 Forums

    I am not sure if you can activate a normal full Windows 10 if your license is Single Language.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9.    09 Aug 2015 #9

    Thanks for all the effort you have put into this topic, Kari. Very much appreciated.
    My interest is the Myanmar (Burmese) keyboard and language, but in particular, some of the characters in that set (U1000 to U109F) yet missing from the keyboard.
    Can a keyboard be modified? ie. how can I access codepoints 1060 to 1069?
    I'm sure there would be a lot of people wanting to use their unique dialect and facing a similar problem
    cheers
    Paulr
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


 
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