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Windows 7 - How to Change the User Interface Language

Since the release of Windows XP, Microsoft has been constantly improving the multilingual capabilities of its operating systems. It is also possible to completely change the language of the user interface, without even having to restart the computer! By contrast, before Windows XP, it was necessary to install a copy of Windows in your language. Now it is possible to have multiple user interface languages all installed at once. Windows 7 provides dozens of different language options in the form of MUIs (Multilingual User Interfaces). These are obtainable through Windows Update. You will need to be running either the Windows 7 Enterprise or Ultimate edition be able to obtain these though. In addition to the MUI packages, there is also an extensive collection of language interface packs (LIPs) available for download at Microsoft's website. These only translate the most commonly used parts of Windows' interface, but they will work on any edition of Windows 7.

Once you`ve installed additional languages for your computer, you can switch between them easily. All you need to do is log off and log in again for the changes to take effect. You can also have different interface languages for different user accounts, making it perfect in any situation where you have users wanting to work in their own language when they are logged into their user accounts.

Follow these steps below to quickly and easily change your Windows 7 interface language.
1 – Installing MUIs
You will need the Windows 7 Enterprise or Ultimate edition to be able to download and install the full language packs (MUIs). Start "Windows Update" from "Start Menu – All Programs." Open the "Optional Updates" section of Windows Update. You should see a list of all available MUIs. Each one of these translates almost every area of the Windows user interface thoroughly, including almost all programs and services included with Windows.

Select the language packs you want to install, click "OK" and wait for the language packs to be downloaded. They will install automatically. The files are quite large, so it may take some time for the process to complete. You can continue doing other things with the computer in the meantime.

2 – Installing LIPs
Language Interface Packs (LIPs) can only be downloaded directly from Microsoft's website. They require a parent language (usually English), since they do not translate the entire interface. You can even find some relatively obscure languages such as Georgian or Quechua! Download and install the LIP of your choice before continuing to the next step.

3 – Changing the User Interface Language
Open the Control Panel and click on the "Clock, Language and Region" section. Click "Change the display language." In the lower section of the window which appears, you'll see a dropdown box with a list of all installed languages. Simply select the language that you want to use, click "OK" and log off. When you log back in, you'll notice that everything has been translated! This will only affect the user account currently in use. To change the language for another user account, repeat this step while logged in to it.


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