Change display language on Windows 8.1/10

If you got a laptop or PC with Windows, but the display language that comes with Windows is not your primary language and you want to change it. This article shows how to install language and change display language on Windows 10.
Note: The steps are the same for Windows 8.1.

If you’re using Windows Home Single Language edition, you can’t change display language. If you’re using Windows Home or Professional, you can follow step-by-step guide below.

To check Windows edition, right-click on Windows icon at bottom left of the screen and select System. You will see your Windows edition at top.
Check Windows edition

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Step-by-step

Note: If your current display language isn’t English, you can still can follow this article, the menu position is the same.

  1. On Windows desktop, right-click Windows icon at bottom left and select Control Panel.
  2. Select Clock, Language, and Region.
    Select Clock, Language, and Region in Control Panel
  3. Select Language.
    Select language in Control Panel
  4. In this example, I want to change display language to Spanish, but I haven’t installed the language so click Add a language.
    Add a new language on Windows 10
  5. Click Spanish and click Add.
    Select new language to add
  6. You will be back to language menu. Select Options on the Spanish language.
    Select Options on the language
  7. Select Download and install language pack.
    Note: You need Internet access to download language pack. Or you can manually download the language pack from Microsoft
    Change-display-language-07
  8. Windows will download and install the language pack. In this example, it takes about 10 minutes.
    Download and install language pack
  9. When finishes, click Close.
  10. Select Options on the Spanish language again.
  11. Select Make this the primary language.
    Change display language on Windows 10
  12. Click Log off now.
    Log off Windows 10
  13. Sign in to Windows and you will see the display language is now Spanish.
    Display language is changed

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