Change the Display Language in Windows 7

Microsoft's operating system supports over 30 languages

What to Know

  • Download the desired language from Microsoft.
  • Go to Region and Display Language > Choose a display language.
  • Select the language and click OK.

This article describes how to change the default language on Windows 7 to any of the more than 30 that are supported.

  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.

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