Language Packs

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.

What's new with Language Packs for Windows 10?

To help you reduce the size of your image, language packs have now been split into the following language components and Features On Demand V2 (Capabilities):

  • UI Text (the language pack .cab file)
  • Basic (spell check, typing)
  • Fonts
  • Handwriting
  • Optical character recognition
  • Text-to-speech
  • Speech
  • Retail Demo experience

You can now choose to add only core language pack UI resources to your image, significantly reducing image size.

To preload Cortana features, add the following features on demand: UI text, the Basic, Text-to-Speech, and Speech language components.

Not all components and features on demand are available for every language.

To learn more, see Add Language Packs to Windows.

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

  • OEMs and System Builders with Microsoft Software License Terms can download language packs and LIPs from the Microsoft OEM site or the OEM Partner Center.
  • IT Professionals can download language packs from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Site.
  • After Windows is installed, end users can download and install additional language packs in Settings > Time & language > Region and language > Add a language.

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, the Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) can help recover the 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).

Related topics

Add Language Packs to Windows

Features On Demand V2 (Capabilities)