Can I convert Windows into a different language?

Microsoft WindowsUsers who purchase their computers or versions of Windows in a country may find that their version of Windows has a different language. Because Microsoft Windows is shipped to different countries Microsoft has different versions of Windows known as localized versions.

If you are using Microsoft Windows 2000 or Windows XP professional you can use the Microsoft Windows MUI utility as described below to view many sections of program. Otherwise, if you want to use a different language of Windows you would need to purchase a localized version for your language of choice.

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.

Additional information

  • See our language definition for further information and related links on this term.