Did you just buy a new Windows 10 computer with the operating system available only in English? Do you want to use it in another language like Spanish, Chinese, German or Hindi? For Windows 10, Microsoft offers a total of 106 language packs that are available for download and use by anyone with a valid license. Here’s how to download and install any display language and how to switch from English to the language of your choosing. At the end of this tutorial, you will also find links to other guides that help you translate every possible part of the operating system. Let’s get started:
NOTE: To give you an example and create this tutorial, we changed the display language from English to Spanish. The steps are the same for changing to any language you want.
How to download and install a new display language in Windows 10
First, you have to open the Settings app. If you don’t know how, read this guide: 9 Ways to open the Settings app in Windows 10. Then, click or tap Time & language.
Click or tap Region & language in the column on the left and then the “Add a language” button on the right side of the Settings window.
A long list is shown with all the languages that are available for Windows 10. You can scroll this list until you find the language that you want to use or you can use the search box at the top of the list.
We prefer using search because it is much faster to find what you are looking for. Type the name of the language that you want to install. In our case, we searched for “spanish”. Click or tap the appropriate search result.
Depending on your language, you might need to choose between multiple variations that are specific to different regions and countries. Below, you can see the long list of variations that are available for the Spanish language, which includes countries like Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Spain and so on. Click or tap on the language specific to your region.
The language that you selected is now added to the list of languages that you can use on your computer or device with Windows 10. At this point, the language is installed only as a language for typing on your keyboard, not as a display language that is used to display the user interface of Windows 10. Next, the operating system looks for the language pack in Windows Update and then it says: “Language pack available”.
After it says this, click or tap again on your language and several buttons are shown. To install your language, press the Options button beneath your language’s name.
You are shown multiple download options for your language and the buttons you see here vary based on the language that you want to install. To download and install your display language, press the Download button beneath “Download language pack”.
Now wait for the language pack to be downloaded and installed. This process takes several minutes, depending on how large the language pack is and how fast is your internet connection. When the language pack is installed, press the Back button in the top-left corner of the Settings app window. You are not done yet!
How to change the display language in Windows 10
Your local language is now downloaded and installed. However, Windows 10 is still in English. To change the display language, in the list of installed languages, click or tap the language that you want to switch to. Beneath its name, Windows 10 says that “Language pack installed”. If it doesn’t say this, go back to the previous section of this guide and make sure that you followed all our instructions. Then, click or tap the name of the language and the “Set as default” button beneath your language’s name.
Your language is now added to the top of the list with installed languages and Windows 10 says: “Will be display language after next sign-in”.
In order to use your new display language, you need to sign out and sign in again or restart your Windows 10 system and sign in with your user account. Now, most of Windows 10 is displayed in your local language.
How to translate every part of Windows 10 to your local language
At this point, most of Windows 10 is displayed in your local language. However, the sign in screen, as well as new user accounts, still use the English language. If you want to have them switch to your local language too, follow the instructions in this guide: Translate the Windows sign-in screen into your local language.
Also, some non-Unicode programs still might not be able to use all the characters in your local language. To fix this issue too, read and follow the instructions shared by this guide: How to change the display language of non-Unicode programs in Windows.
Where can I find a list with all the language packs that are available for Windows 10?
Microsoft has published a list with all the available language packs that are available for Windows 10, on this page: Language packs: Windows 10. You can consult it and see whether Windows 10 is available in your local language. If it isn’t, then you are out of luck and this guide won’t work for you. We’re sorry but this is only up to Microsoft.
Also, there’s another unfortunate situation where you might have purchased Windows 10 Home Single Language Edition. If you did, then you are stuck with the language that you purchased and you can’t install another display language using the instructions in our guide.
As you can see, it is not that difficult to change the display language used by Windows 10. However, it does involve some patience and attention, to make sure that the desired changes are applied. After you try our tutorial, let us know how well it works and if there’s anything you need help with.