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How To change the display language for vista interfaces like welcome screen, wizards, menus, dialog boxes, Help topics etc. ?

Change the display language for vista interfaces upon completion of installation of Windows Vista SP1 (Service Pack 1) Multilingual User Interface Packs (MUI) for 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) versions or windows vista language Interface Packs (LIPs).

How To change the display language for vista interfaces?

  • Go to Start Menu –> Control Panel.
  • Choose Clock –> Language –> Region option. In classic view, click on “Regional and Language Options” icon.
  • Click on “Change display language” under “Regional and Language Options“.In classic view, choose the “Keyboards and Languages” tab and then choose a display language from the drop down under “Display language” section. Note that the “Display language” section will be visible only on Windows Vista Ultimate and Enterprise editions that support Multilingual User Interface (MUI) Packs or only if windows Vista language Interface Packs (LIPs) are already installed.
  • If your desired display language is not listed in the drop down make sure that have installed the vista additional language pack files (.cab files) for your 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) vista versions.
  • Click “OK”.Then log off and login again to use Windows Vista with the newly chosen display language


Note that the chosen display language set is applied only for your user account .The chosen display language may not apply to the Welcome screen or for other user accounts. To effect the chosen display language in Welcome screen and/or other user accounts, follow these steps:

  • In the “Regional and Language Options” window, click on Administrative tab.
  • Click on Copy to reserved accounts button under “Reserved accounts” section.
  • If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation by UAC, type the password or provide confirmation, as appropriate.
  • In the “Regional and Language Settings” dialog box, check to select “System accounts (local system, local service, and network service)” check box. The system accounts are special accounts used by Windows services. This setting allows administrators to specify a display language and keyboard layout for the Welcome screen. It also sets the display language for users who have not specified a display language.
  • Optionally, to copy the current settings to the default user account, check the “Default user account (new users)” check box. The default account is used as a template for creating new user accounts. This setting allows administrators to set the default format, keyboard layout, and display language for new users. Any user account created on the computer after the settings have been copied to the default user account, will have these settings applied to it. However existing user accounts are not affected.
  • Click “OK” to apply the change.
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