How to Change Windows 7 Language

We now live in a global village, if we want to become better than others, learning the second or the third language should be required, it can make us more competitive in our career. The best way to learn a new language is to make an environment full of that, how to do it? According to a recent statistics of Global Stats in January 2011, all versions of Windows in the usage share of operating systems is 91.53 percent, Windows 7 has 29.12 percent in the statistics, I guess you are one of the Windows users, am I right?

How To Change Windows 7 Language

Illustration: Microsoft Windows 7 operating system
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Take me for example, I am Chinese, but change my Windows language to English, changing the Windows language interface is the best way I suggest to make an environment for learning new language. So, no matter what is your purpose, you may like to change the Windows 7 language, there are two ways to switch current language to another language. The first is to download Windows 7 language pack, the second is to install language pack via Windows Update.

Download Windows 7 Language Pack

As simple as title says, the Windows 7 language pack can be downloaded from official Windows Update site. A total of 35 language packs include Arabic, Bulgarian ,Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonia, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Latin), Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish and Ukrainian.

PCDIY puts those download links on another post and make them to be neat and tidy for easy viewing. For downloading, please read: Windows 7 Language Packs (RTM MUI, Direct Download Links from Windows Update). After clicking the download link of the specific language, a windows pop up asking to open, save or cancel. Please save the file on disk because the file size is bigger than 150 MB.

Save The Windows 7 Language Pack on Disk

Image A-1: Save the language pack installer on disk.

After double clicking the file, the installation will begin to process.

Display Language Installation

Image A-2: Display language installation is in process.

In this step, the installation is complete, in the following steps, go into the Control Panel and find the regional settings and change them.

Change Display Language in Windows 7

The two screenshots are the same but it is a little different in “View by” option, see below:

Region and Language settings in Control Panel

Image B-1: Region and Language settings in Control Panel.

Select the “View by” option to “Large icons”, there is an item called “Region and Language” and this is the place you can change the current windows display language to another language.

Change Display Language

Image B-2: An item called “Change Display Language” in Control Panel.

Select the “View by” option to “Category”, there is an item called “Change Display Language” and this place is the same as the last image.

Choose A Display Language

Image B-3: Choose a display language that you have installed.

For example, the Chinese language pack has been installed, so it can be chosen now.

Install Language Pack via Windows Update

It is easiest way to install language pack for Windows7, see image B-3, there is an “Install/uninstall language” button under “Display language” section, click the button, and then follow the steps.

Language packs are available only in Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows 7 Enterprise, if you are not using either one of both, the Display language section will not be visible. Lastly, changing this setting requires a reboot of the machine, this setting will not take effect until the machine is rebooted.

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