Changing The Single Language You Have on Windows

I bought a new computer, laptop actually. Among all the other problem about the laptop, it was also turkish. And I hate using staff in turkish if it is not an input method like keyboard. So I need to change the language to English but it turns out my pre-installed OS on this laptop is “Windows 8.1 Single Language”.

It probably means I shouldn’t or can’t change the language but it didn’t prevent me trying.

 

First I find and download a proper language file for my OS (Windows 8.1 x64).

It was this.

 

Of course I did a lot of research before that to find it and to figure out what to do with it.

You are lucky to have me writing all of this.

 

Then I renamed the file to lp.cab and put it into C:\ drive folder.

 

Then I opened command line as administrator.

dism /Online /Add-Package /PackagePath:C:\lp.cab

 

Command Line to Language Download is Running

Command Line to Language Download is Running

 

 

This installed new language pack into my OS system. But I couldn’t change language yet.  I need to uninstall the old language to apply new one.

 

So then, I run another command in the same command prompt window

dism /Online /Get-Packages

This gave me a list of installed updates/packages including language packs.  I looked for something like this:

Package Identity : Microsoft-Windows-Client-LanguagePack-Package~31bf3856ad364e3
5~amd64~tr-TR~6.3.9600.16384
State : Installed
Release Type : Language Pack
Install Time : 11.9.2013 02:42

You need to get a package identity for you current language which needs to be removed.  I needed to remove Turkish so I get “Microsoft-Windows-Client-LanguagePack-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~tr-TR~6.3.9600.16384” as a package name. tr-TR part is a language name.  For example if you need to remove English than look for a package name with en-US part.

Now, the final command

I needed to uninstall unneeded language pack, I run this command, you need to change package name to the one you found earlier:

dism /Online /Remove-Package /PackageName:Microsoft-Windows-Client-LanguagePack-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~tr-TR~6.3.9600.16384

After that the command prompt will ask you to restart computer to apply changes, respond Y and after restart you will get a new system language.

If you ever need to change it back just make the same procedure for different language pack.