How to Install and Use Languages in Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate

We recently took a look at how to use input languages in Windows 7. In this follow up, we focus on multi-language support in Windows 7. Unlike Input Language, this allows us to make Windows 7 display and work in a different language apart from the default language. This is great if you are sharing a computer with someone who speaks a different language, such as a co-worker, family member.

There is one caveat though, you need to be running the Ultimate edition of Windows 7 to obtain and install different languages. If you are a volume license customer (large business), you might have access to the business equivalent of Windows 7 Ultimate called Enterprise edition. If don’t have either edition installed, you will need to do a Windows Anytime Upgrade from your current edition of Windows 7 to Windows 7 Ultimate. Click here to learn more about Windows Anytime Upgrade.

Before you can start using a language in Windows 7 Ultimate, you must first download and install it. Microsoft offers up to 35 different multi-lingual user interfaces through its Windows Update service. Lets take a look at how to install and configure one. For the purposes of this review, we are gonna install Spanish.

First, launch Windows Update.

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Click Check for updates.

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Click the optional updates are available link.

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Here you will see a list of available languages for download. Check the desired language you would like to have installed, then click OK.

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You will be taken back to the main screen, click Install update.

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Wait while the update is downloading.

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Installing the Language Pack

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After the installation has completed, we will now enable the language pack.

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Click Start, then type: language.

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Hit Enter on your keyboard.

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Click on the Keyboard and Languages tab.

Under Choose a display language, click in the list box and select the language you want to have displayed.

Click Apply and then OK.

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You will be prompted to Log off now. Do so then log back in.

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That’s it, you are now operating in Windows 7 using a different language.

When you are ready to change back to another language, just reopen the Region and Language dialog and select your default language.

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That’s It!

Resources:

How to use Windows Anytime Upgrade
Language Packs in Windows 7
How do I get additional Display Languages

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