Can I convert Windows into a different language?

Windows LogoMany users speak more than one language; one of which the prefer most. Also, some users who purchase their computers or versions of Windows from a country other than their own may find that Windows has a different language. Which ever is the case for you, to change the language displayed in Windows, select your version of Windows from the list below and follow the instructions.

Windows 10
Windows 8
Windows 7 and Vista
Windows 2000 and XP Professional

Windows 10

  1. Press the Windows key, type Region and Language Settings, and then press Enter.
  2. In the window that opens, select Add a language.

Add a language button

  1. In the next window, locate and select your language.

Windows 8

If you already have your preferred language downloaded

  1. Open the Windows Control Panel.
  2. Under the Clock, Language, and Region section, select Add a language.
  3. In the language window, you may select the language of your choice.

If you don't have your preferred language downloaded

  1. Open the Windows Control Panel.
  2. Under the Clock, Language, and Region section, select Add a language.
  3. Under the Change your language preferences section, select Add a language.
  4. In the Window that appears, locate your preferred language, and then click Open.
  5. You should now be back in the Change your language preferences section; select Options next to your preferred language.
  6. Select Download and install language pack.
  7. In the language window, you may select the language of your choice.
  8. In the window that appears, select Download and install language pack.

Windows 7 and Vista

Note: Only the Ultimate versions of Windows allow users to switch languages.

  1. Open the Windows Control Panel.
  2. Under the Clock, Language, and Region section, click Change display language.
  3. Under the Keyboards and Languages tab, click Install/Uninstall languages...
  4. Select Install display languages, and then Launch Windows Update.
  5. In the Windows Update section, click XX updates are available.
  6. Check the box or boxes next to your preferred language(s), then click OK.
  7. Click the Install updates button.
  8. Once your language(s) have finished downloading, close your current window.
  9. In the Region and Language window, under Choose a display language, click the drop-down arrow.
  10. Select a language, click Apply, and then click Log off now.
  11. Log back into Windows and your selected language should appear.

Windows 2000 and Windows XP professional users

Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP users can utilize the MUI utility or muisetup.exe to change the language of the display menus, dialogs, and text within their operating system. MUI is sold through Microsoft Open License Program (MOLP) or with an Enterprise Agreement. It is not available through the standard retail versions of Windows.

Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP MUI supports the below languages:

English, French, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Dutch, Brazilian, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Hungarian. Also: Polish, Russian, Czech, Greek, Portuguese, Turkish, Japanese, Korean, German, Chinese, Arabic, and Hebrew.

Windows XP users also have support for the following languages:

Slovak, Bulgarian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Thai, Slovenian, Croatian, Latvian, and Romanian.

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