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Language packs are available for computers that are running Windows 8 and Windows RT. We recommend that you install language packs from the Control Panel. If the language pack is unavailable in the Control panel, you may find the download link on the Windows website that we mentioned in the "Download a language pack from Windows website" section.

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Install a language pack and change the Windows display language from Control Panel

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To download and install a language pack, follow these steps:
  1. On the Start page, type language, and make sure that the search scope is set to Settings. (The screen shot for this step is listed below).


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  2. In the Results panel, click or tap Language. (The screen shot for this step is listed below).

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  3. In the Change your language preferences pane, click or tap Add a language. (The screen shot for this step is listed below).

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  4. Browse or search for the language that you want to install.

    For example, select Catalan, and then click or tap Add. Catalan is now added as one of your languages. (The screen shot for this step is listed below).

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  5. In the Change your language preferences pane, click or tap Options next to the language that you added. (The screen shot for this step is listed below).

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  6. If a language pack is available to download for your language, click or tap Download and install language pack. (The screen shot for this step is listed below).

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  7. When the language pack is installed, the language is displayed as available to use for the Windows display language. (The screen shot for this step is listed below).

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  8. To make this language your display language, move it to the top of your language list. (The screen shot for this step is listed below).

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  9. Log off and then log back on to Windows for the change to take effect.
Notes
  • Administrator rights are required to install a language pack.
  • If you install many additional language packs, the disk space and system performance are affected. In particular, disk space and system performance are affected during servicing operations, such as Service Pack installations. Therefore, we recommend that you only add a language pack to your computer if you will use the language pack.
  • Language packs also let multiple users who share a computer select distinct display languages. For example, one user can select to see the dialog boxes, menus, and other text in Japanese, whereas another user can select to see the same content in French.
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Download a language pack from the Windows website

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Language packs are sometimes unavailable, and you cannot download them in Control Panel. If you experience this issue, try to find and download the language pack that you want on the following Windows website: 
Language packs 
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How to uninstall a language pack

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To uninstall a language pack, follow these steps:
  1. On the Start page, type language, and make sure that the search scope is set to Settings. (The screen shot for this step is listed below).

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  2. In the Results panel, click or tap Language. (The screen shot for this step is listed below).

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  3. In the Change your language preferences pane, click or tap Options next to the language that you want to change. You must make sure that the language pack that you want to remove is currently not being used. Be aware that you cannot remove the original install language of Windows. (The screen shot for this step is listed below).

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  4. If the language pack can be uninstalled, a link to uninstall the language pack is shown. Click or tap Uninstall language pack. (The screen shot for this step is listed below).

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  5. Follow the instructions to uninstall the language.

Notes
  • Administrator rights are required to uninstall a language pack.
  • Language packs that are installed by using the language control panel can be uninstalled if they are currently not being used.
  • After you uninstall a language pack, other users on the same computer cannot use that language pack
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Restart requirement

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You may have to restart the computer after you install or uninstall a language pack.
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Article ID: 2607607 - Last Review: December 17, 2013 - Revision: 9.0
Applies to
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8 Enterprise
  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows RT
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