Understand the difference between language packs and Language Interface Packs (LIPs). Traditional language packs translate the majority of the UI elements, and are only available to Ultimate and Enterprise users (see the above section). For everyone else, there are LIPs. These are smaller packs that translate the most-used parts of the interface. They require a base-language installed, since not everything is translated.
Visit the LIP download page. You can browse through all of the available LIPs here.
Click the "Get it now" link. This will open the page for the language you've selected. The page will be displayed in that language.
Click the "Download" button. This will open a new window displaying the language files.
Select the appropriate file for your computer. You will have the option to choose between a 32-bit or a 64-bit file. You can find the version that you have by opening the Start menu, right-clicking "Computer", and selecting "Properties". Look for the "System type" entry.
Check the box for the file and then click the "Download" button. The LIP file will be downloaded to your Downloads folder.
- You'll be asked to read and accept the Microsoft terms before the language is installed.
Review the ReadMe file. The ReadMe file for the language you select will be displayed before it is installed. You usually don't need to review this, but it may contain information about known issues or compatibility problems.
Wait for the language to install. This may take a few moments.
- If you want the Welcome screen to change, as well as any system accounts, check the box beneath the list of languages.
Log out to complete the change. You will be prompted to log out in order for your new language to be applied. When you log back in, Windows will be using the new language. Anything that isn't translated with the LIP will be displayed in the base language.
- Click the Start menu and open the Control Panel.
- Open the "Region and Language" option.
- Click the Administrative tab and then click Change system locale.
- Select the language that you just installed, and reboot your computer when prompted.
You computer has a default system-wide language set in Windows 10, but you don't have to be stuck with it if your needs are different. With Windows 10 you can set the language settings for single accounts through the Settings app, but what about setting it for all accounts, the Lock Screen, and everywhere else on your PC? For that you'll need the Control Panel.
In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to properly change the default language across on your entire computer.
How to change the language globally on your PC
Before we dive into this guide, it's important to note that if you're using a Microsoft Account, this preference will sync across devices. If you only want to change settings on one particular computer, you should go to Settings > Accounts > Sync your settings and turn off the Language preferences option.
- Use the Windows key + I keyboard shortcut to open the Settings app.
- Click Time & language.
- Click Region & language.
Under Languages, click Add a language.
Click the language you want to add, and select the specific variation if applicable.
Select the new language and click Options (and download any the language packs as necessary).
On Region & language, select the new language, and click Set as default.
- If applicable, under Country or region, select your location to enable the Windows 10 to give you local content.
- Use the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut to open the Power User menu and select Control Panel.
- Click Add a language.
Click the Advanced settings link in the left pane.
Click the "Apply language settings to the Welcome screen, system accounts, and new user accounts."
On the Administrative tab, under the "Welcome screen and new user accounts", click the Copy settings button.
- Check the Welcome screen and system accounts and the New user accounts options.
- Click OK again.
- Reboot your computer and upon restart, you should see the new default language globally set through the operating system.
You'll find this feature especially useful when you work on a mixed-language environment where you need to configure workstations with different preferences to accommodate users. In addition, this feature will help in those times when you happen to purchase a new computer that ships from another country with a different language, or even when you move to another region of the world and you want to change your PC preferences to match the local settings.
More Windows 10 resources
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