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Language packs for Windows Server 2016


I need the difference between the below two statements.

-> Install a specific language Windows Server 2016 OS, for example 'German Windows Server 2016 OS'

-> Install a language pack on a English Language Windows Server 2016 OS, for example install a German language pack and enable it in a English Windows Server 2016 OS.

The test teams are looking for the first option, I want to go with the second option because we can enable any language on the same OS. But for the first option, if the team wants another language then we need to have another ISO(with that language) and install it again, which is both tedious and space consuming.

Do Microsoft say somewhere that both the above statements achieve one and the same?



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Your choice is correct. While for the first option, if you need other languages, just install the corresponding language pack.
The Windows operating system is language-neutral. All the locales, fonts, and language-enabling resources are a part of the language-neutral image. Language packs contain specific resources for a particular language and region.

You can install a language pack directly to a Windows image, or you can copy a language pack to a Windows distribution.
A Windows image is the Install.wim file or custom .wim file that contains one or more Windows images.

For the first option, install language packs directly to a mounted Windows image by using Package Manager. This scenario is useful if you create a single image that you can deploy across your organization. This is the typical OEM scenario.
For the second option, copy language packs to the \Langpacks directory of a Windows distribution. During Windows Setup, the language packs will be installed to the computer. This scenario is useful if you do not intend to edit the Windows image and intend to provide support for multiple language packs where necessary. This is the typical corporate scenario.

You could refer to the following official article as your reference:
Hope above information can help you.

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