How to Change Your Display Language in Windows 8 and 8.1 Single Language Edition

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The display language is the language that Windows uses in wizards, dialog boxes, menus, Help and Support topics, and other items in the user interface. Many people have been asking me how to change the display language in Windows 8 and 8.1  to English. If you were unlucky enough to get a laptop with a Single Language Edition of Windows, you will not be able to change the language from control panel and you will need this tutorial to help you do it.

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First you will need to instal the English Package ( in case it wasn’t installed),  You will find language packs distributed online for Windows 8, download one for your language and extract the lp.cab file. Find  the lp.cab language pack file compatible for Windows 8 x64 English US language HERE.

The method is as follows:

  • Put the lp.cab in some folder on your hard drive. Let’s put it in C:\lp for example.
  • Open command prompt as administrator( right click and run it as administrator
  • type: DISM /Online /Add-Package /PackagePath:C:\lp\lp.cab
  • Windows 8 will recommend restarting after successfully adding the package.
  • After restarting, go back to command prompt in elevated mode and type:bcdedit /set {current} locale xx-xx (where xx-xx is the language and locale code, for example english US would be en-US)
  • then type bcdboot %WinDir% /l xx-xx (again xx-xx will have the language and locale code, for example en-US for english-US)
  • Now without closing command prompt type regedit to launch the registry editor and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\MUI\UILanguages and delete the folders that have language-locale codes different from the ones you need. For example ru-RU or es-ES.
  • Restart the machine and the UI language will be changed to the one you installed. You may still see the remnants of the original language in the tiles or other Windows features, that will go away once you change the region to your locale inside Control Panel.

Language packs for certain languages for Windows 8 64bit :

English (US)
Arabic (SA) (العربية)
German (Deutch)
Spanish (Espanol)
Finnish (Suomalainen)
Hebrew (עברית)
Korean (한국어)
Polish (Polski)
Portuguese (Brazil) (Português)
Romanian (Românesc)
Russian (Русский)
Thai (ภาษาไทย)
Bulgarian (български)
Czech (čeština)
Danish (Dansk)
Greek (ελληνικά)
Estonian (Eesti)
French (Francais)
Croatian (Hrvatski)
Hungarian (Magyar)
Italian (Italiano)
Japanese (日本語)
Latvian (latviešu)
Lithuianian (lietuvių)
Norwegian (Norsk)
Dutch (Nederlands)
Slovak (slovencina)
Slovenian (slovenšcina)
Swedish (svenska)
Turkish (Türk)
Ukrainian (український)
Chinese Standard (中国语文)
Chinese Hong Kong (中國語文)

Originial Tutorial by SergeIt