Deploy a Multilingual Windows Operating System
You can add multiple language packs to a Windows operating system, and, during Windows Welcome, an end user can choose to use one of the installed languages.
If you are preparing a multilingual computer, consider the following caveats:
- During Windows Welcome, the computer enables users to select the default language and locale settings to use on the computer. Only installed languages are displayed during Windows Welcome.
- Licensing requirements state that only Windows Ultimate and Windows Enterprise editions can have more than one language pack installed. All other Windows editions will automatically remove all non-default language packs from the computer after Windows Welcome completes.
All Windows editions support an unlimited number of Language Interface Packs (LIPs).
To deploy a multilingual computer
- Add one or more language packs or Language Interface Packs (LIPs) to Windows. Use one of the following methods to add the language pack:
- If you want to change the language used during Windows Setup, you must add the Windows Setup localized resources to the Windows distribution. For more information, see Add a Language to Windows Setup.
- The default language of the Windows image will be used during installation. You can change the default language and locale settings by using one of the following methods:
- After installation is complete, verify that the correct language settings are applied. After testing the installation, the computer is ready to be delivered to an end user.