Windows 10 change languageSource: Windows Central

On Windows 10, you usually choose the default language for the device during the setup process. However, if you selected 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 recently 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.

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Disabling language sync

When you use a Microsoft account on Windows 10, the language settings will sync across devices. In the case that you're planning to change the region and language settings for only one computer, you should disable the option to sync these settings before making any changes to prevent the new configuration from overwriting the settings on your other devices.

To disable language syncing on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Accounts.
  3. Click on Sync your settings.
  4. Under the "Individual sync settings" section, turn off the "Language preferences" toggle switch.

    Windows 10 disable language sync optionSource: Windows Central

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 app, and then use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Time & Language.
  3. Click on Language.
  4. Under the "Preferred languages" section, click the Add a preferred language button.

    Windows 10 add new language optionSource: Windows Central

  5. Search for the language you want on Windows 10.
  6. Select the language package from the result.

    Windows 10 find new language packageSource: Windows Central

  7. Click the Next button.
  8. Check the Set as my display language option.
  9. Check the Install language pack option.
  10. Check or clear the additional language features as needed.
  11. Click the Install button.

    Windows 10 language package settingsSource: Windows Central

  12. Click the Yes, sign out now button.

    Windows 10 sign out message to change language settingsSource: Windows Central

  13. Sign back into the Windows 10 account.

After you complete the steps, the language will change across the entire Windows 10 experience. The new changes will be reflected in the Sign-in screen, Settings app, File Explorer, Desktop, apps, browser, and websites you visit. 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 local region settings on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Time & Language.
  3. Click on Region.
  4. Use the "Country or region" drop-down menu to select your geographical location if different from your current settings.
  5. Under the "Regional format" section, use the drop-down menu to select the correct formats for dates and times if different from your region.

    Windows 10 change region settingsSource: Windows Central

  6. Click on Language on the left pane.
  7. Under the "Related settings" section, in the right pane, click the Administrative language settings option.

    Windows 10 administrative language settings optionSource: Windows Central

  8. In the "Administrative" tab, click the Copy settings button.

    Windows 10 copy language settings optionSource: Windows Central

  9. Under the "Copy your current settings to" section, check the Welcome screen and system accounts and New user accounts options.

    Windows 10 change language settings for new usersSource: Windows Central

  10. Click the OK button.
  11. Click the OK button again.
  12. Click the Restart now button.

Once you complete the steps, the device will display the correct region settings according to your physical location.

Usually, you will never need to change or install additional languages. The ability to adjust these settings generally 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 that ships 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 most regions.

More Windows 10 resources

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