Change the Display Language in Windows 7

Microsoft's operating system supports over 30 languages

If you live in an English-speaking country and purchased a PC at your local retailer or online, chances are you're running an English version of Windows 7. If your natural language is something other than English, though, you might want to use one of the more than 30 languages supported by Microsoft's operating system as your display language. Here's how to change it.

This guide applies to Windows 7.

  1. To use languages other than the Windows default, you first need to download them from Microsoft and install them. Select Start (Windows logo) to open the Start Menu.

    Selecting the Start Menu.
  2. Enter ​change display language in the Windows search box.

    Searching for change display settings.
  3. A list of search results will appear. Select Change display language on the list.

    Selecting Change Display languages.
  4. Select the Keyboards and Languages tab once the Region and Language window opens.

    Selecting Keyboards and languages.
  5. Select the Install/Uninstall Languages... button.

    Selecting Install languages.
  6. Select Install display languages to download the language packs. You will be prompted to select the location of the language packs. You can either Browse to find the files on your hard drive, or you can Launch Windows Update to download them from Microsoft.

    Selecting to install display languages.
  7. If you're downloading the language packs from Windows Update, select the X optional updates are available hyperlink (where X is the number of files you can download).

    Optional updates are highlighted.
  8. You'll see a list of languages under the Optional tab. Check the ones you want to download, then select OK.

    Windows optional updates.
  9. Return to the Windows Update page and select Install Updates to begin downloading the language packs you chose from the list.

    Installing Windows updates.
  10. Once your language packs are downloaded and installed, you can make one your display language by returning to the Region and Language dialog box and selecting it from the drop-down menu under Choose a display language. Select OK to save the change.

    Selecting Install languages.

Once you set your display language, you might need to restart your computer before the changes take effect.