How To Change The Display Language Used By Windows Essentials

While working with the applications included in the Windows Essentials package, I discovered that there are no options to change the display language in their configuration menus. That's when I started to ask myself: how can this be achieved without having to uninstall the applications and reinstall them in a different language? To my surprise, making this change is actually not that hard - you simply need to search for a hidden language selector application that's installed with this suite. This tutorial will explain how this works.

Before You Start, Some Prerequisites:

In order for this procedure to work you need to be logged on as an administrator. Also, you need to have at least one application from the Windows Essentials suite installed: Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Windows Live Writer or Windows Live Mail. The first step in changing the display language is starting a wizard named Windows Essentials Language Setting. First, let's learn how to start it, in both Windows 8.1 and Windows 7:

How To Start The Windows Essentials Language Setting Wizard In Windows 8.1

Go to the Start screen of Windows 8.1 and type langselector. Then click or tap the first search result: langselector.

This opens the Windows Essentials Language Setting wizard.

How To Start The Windows Essentials Language Setting Wizard In Windows 7

In Windows 7, open the Start Menu and, in the search box, type langselector. Click the appropriate search result.

This opens the Windows Essentials Language Setting wizard. The steps involved in changing the display language are the same in Windows 7 as in Windows 8.1.

How To Change The Language Used By Windows Essentials

By default, the wizard will show the language currently installed and in use for your Windows Essentials applications.

To see all the languages that are available for installation, click or tap the drop-down box which shows the current language.

From the list of languages, select the one that you want to install and press OK.

Depending on the configuration of your Windows 8.1 operating system, a User Account Control (UAC) prompt might be shown. If that's the case, click or tap Yes.

Now the installation procedure of the selected display language starts. Depending on your Internet connection, it can take a few seconds or a few minutes.

The wizard informs you when the installation is over. Click or tap Close and you are done.

If you now start any of the Windows Essentials tools that are installed on your computer, the display language will be changed to the one you installed. To change it again, repeat the same procedure.

Conclusion

The procedure for changing the display language used by the applications included in the Windows Essentials suite is not very complicated. The only downside is that it cannot be done as you might expect: from the configuration windows of the applications that are part of this suite. Instead, you need to use the procedure shared in this guide. If you have any questions don't hesitate to use the comments form below. Also, to find out more about Windows Essentials, read the articles recommended below.