Language Packs ( and Windows Deployment

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

To design PCs that work better for customers in different regions, you can set up Windows with the right set of local languages, settings, and keyboards or other input devices.

Language packs for Windows

Language packs contain the text for the dialog boxes, menu items, and helpfiles that you see in Windows.

For some regions, language interface packs (LIPs) can provide additional translations for the most widely-used dialog boxes, menu items, and helpfile content. LIPs rely on a parent language pack to provide the remainder of the content.

Get language packs and LIPs

Related information:

Add languages to Windows

When you include more than one language or a LIP to Windows, your customers will be able to choose the language that best meets their needs during Windows OOBE.

There's a few different ways to install language packs:

Language packs for recovery tools

When things go wrong with the PC, Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) can help your users recover their system and data. When you update the available languages for Windows, update the available languages in the recovery tools: Customize Windows RE.

Prepare keyboards, time zones, and other regional settings

You can specify the default keyboard layout, language, or locale, either during deployment or after Windows is installed.

Languages for apps

Many apps include support for multiple languages, though some require separate installation of language packs to work properly. Consult with the app developer.

In general, install all of your languages onto Windows before installing apps. This helps make sure that the language resource files are available for each of the available apps.

For more information, see Multilingual User Interface (Windows).

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Add Language Packs to Windows