You can change the default display language of your Windows 10 from English to any other language. This is useful in scenarios where multiple users are accessing the same system and they understand different languages.
In this guide, I will walk through to change the default English language to Urdu (you can change it to German etc. :))
Change System Language in Windows 10
Step 1. Press Windows key + I on the keyboard to open the settings window.
Step 2. Click Time and language.
Step 3. Click Region and Language.
Step 4. Click Add a language.
Step 5. Select your desired language and its variation (if applicable) by clicking on the language name.
Step 6. Select the new language and click Options.
Step 7. Download the language pack.
Step 8. Select the new language and click Set as default.
Step 9. Your new language will be displayed after next sign-in (See below screen shot).
Step 10. Press Windows key + X from keyboard, scroll the power menu and click Control Panel.
Step 11. Click Add a language.
Step 12. Click Advanced settings in left pane.
Step 13. Click «Apply language settings to the Welcome screen, system accounts, and new user accounts.».
Step 14. Open Administrative tab and click Copy settings.
Step 15. Check both «Welcome screen and system accounts» and «New user accounts» options. Click OK.
Step 16. Click Restart now and let your system reboot so changes may take effect.
When the system reboots successfully, everything will be displayed in the new language.
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Normally, you do not need to change the language after the initial installation. But there may be situations where you do.
Maybe a relative or friend from another country is visiting and wants to use your computer. We recommend that you create a default user account for them. Then change the system language of this account at your convenience.
To change the display language under Windows 10
Installing a language
1) Press the Windows button, then select Settings from the start bar. In the Settings window, select Time and language.
2) On the left side of the window, select Region & Language. Then, in the right part of the window, under the Languages category, select Add a language.
3) Then select the language you want to add to your system from the choices provided. For example, we select German (German).
4) Then simply click on the language you want to configure and select the Options button below.
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Changing the display language
1. Select “Language”.
2. click on “Define by default”.
3. you will see a notification under the language that reads: “Displayed after the next connection. Log out of Windows and log in again, and your new display language will be set.
If you want to change the language of another user account, first log in to that account.
Disable language synchronization
When you use a Microsoft account, the language settings are synchronized between devices. If you plan to change the region and language settings of a computer, you must disable the synchronization option for these settings.
To disable voice synchronization on Windows 10, do the following:
- Open Settings.
- Click on Accounts.
- Click on Synchronize your settings.
In the Custom Synchronization Settings section, disable the Language Settings option.
Speak your language
If you want a machine to use multiple languages on different accounts, or if you have purchased a machine with a pre-installed foreign language, you can change it at any time. You now know how to change the language of an account and apply the language changes to the entire system.
As you can see, it is not that difficult to change the display language used by Windows 10. However, it takes a little patience and attention to ensure that the desired changes are implemented. After trying our tutorial, let us know how it works and if there is anything you need help with.
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On Windows 10, you usually select the default language for the entire system during the setup process. However, if you chose the wrong language settings, or you’re using a preconfigured device, you don’t have to struggle with the incorrect settings when your requirements are different.
If you have to change the language settings on your computer, you can quickly perform this task using the Settings app, without having to reinstall Windows 10 from scratch.
In this Windows 10 guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to change the system default language, including for existing and new accounts.
How to change default system language on Windows 10
If you moved to another region, or you’re using your device with the wrong language configuration, you don’t need to reinstall Windows 10. You only need to change a few settings to set the correct system language.
Turning off language syncing
If you’re using a Microsoft account, the language settings will sync across devices. In the case that you’re planning to change the region and language settings for one computer, you should disable the option to sync these settings before making any changes.
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To disable language syncing on Windows 10, use these steps:
- Open Settings.
- Click on Accounts.
- Click on Sync your settings.
Under the «Individual sync settings» section, turn off the «Language preferences» toggle switch.
Once you complete the steps, you can change the language settings without affecting the settings on other devices.
Changing system language
To change the system language on Windows 10, close any running applications, and then use these steps:
- Open Settings.
- Click on Time & Language.
- Click on Language.
Under the «Preferred languages» section, click the Add a preferred language button.
- Search for the language that you want to use on Windows 10.
Select the language package from the result.
- Click the Next button.
- Check the Set as my display language option.
- Check the Install language pack option.
- Check or clear the additional language features as needed.
Click the Install button.
Click the Yes, sign out now button.
- Sign back into your Windows 10 account.
After you complete the steps, the language will change across the entire Windows 10 experience. This change includes in the Sign-in screen, Settings app, File Explorer, Desktop, apps, browser, and websites you visit. They will now use the new default language. Also, depending on your new settings, Windows 10 may prompt you to review your privacy settings again.
Changing region settings
If you’re changing the system language because you’re located in a different region, you’ll also need to update the region settings.
To change the region settings on Windows 10, use these steps:
- Open Settings.
- Click on Time & Language.
- Click on Region.
- Use the «Country or region» drop-down menu to select your geographical location if different from your current settings.
Under the «Regional format» section, use the drop-down menu to select the correct formats for dates and times if different from your region.
- Click on Language on the left pane.
Under the «Related settings» section, click the Administrative language settings option from the right pane.
In the «Administrative» tab, click the Copy settings button.
Under the «Copy your current settings to» section, check the Welcome screen and system accounts and New user accounts options.
- Click the OK button.
- Click the OK button again.
- Click the Restart now button.
Once you complete the steps, your computer will display the correct region settings according to your physical location.
You generally won’t need to change or install additional languages regularly. The ability to adjust these settings usually comes in handy on small and large organizations working with users who may have different language preferences.
Also, this feature will be useful in those situations when you move to another region, and you want to match the local settings. Or when buying a new computer from a different country, because it’s not locally available.
Remember that when changing the language settings, you may lose the ability to use Cortana, as the digital assistant is not supported in some regions.
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