Language packs and Windows RT (like microsoft surface or another Windows RT device) upgrades.


My first blog post from a surface!

Apparently on Windows RT itʻs possible for Windows Update to check for language packs and office updates (which come through windows update on Windows RT machines) to get out of sync.  So if you have a German or Russian or French or Spanish or other language Windows UI set through the Language Profile and yet your office is stuck or switched to English, you might have slipped through the cracks.

Iʻm told the machine will check when idle for a bit after the next reboot, but the catch with that is that Windows likes to go to connected standby so that it can keep doing things like mail reminders and stuff, and so normally it rarely reboots.

Fortunately the fix should be pretty easy: reboot and then wait a couple hours.

In general, to make sure Windows is running in your language, make sure youʻve set your language profile correctly.  Open the lanugage profile by swiping from the right to get charms, picking the settings charm, picking pc settings, and then selecting language preferences from the general section.  Add your language to the list if it isnʻt already there, and then move it up & down the list to the right place (like top for your preferred language).

For windows with a language pack, itʻll say “windows display language: available” (or installed) next to that language.  Select options to install the language.

Even if we donʻt provide a language pack, itʻs a good idea to put your preferred language at the top of the list, because then applications that might know your language may be able to provide you the appropriate language resources within that application.  For example, a Hawaiian speaker may choose Hawaiian as their first language and English as their second language.  Windows (and Office) would use English for the user interface, but Hawaiian could be available in some applications.  The language profile is powerful, letting you express many language preferences.  The most common languages are in the dialog, but others can be found in the add search box, by name or ISO code.

Comments (9)

  1. Mishel says:

    Might you know if a language pack for Albanian will eventually be released on the Surface RT?

    Thanks..

  2. shawnste says:

    I don't know about the release schedule of the language packs.  There's a list of languages on windows.microsoft.com/…/language-packs

  3. KhamPhone says:

    why windows doesn't have lao language pack and Hmong language pack to comfortable of using windows

  4. shawnste says:

    I've forwarded the request, but I still don't know when languages are released when.

  5. KumaSan says:

    So you are telling me that Hawaiians don't speak English?  Do they use US currency?  Lol.  Anyhow, still picking up my Surface 2 this week!

  6. David says:

    Hi guys, can any one show me how to change the language to english on the surface tablet?

  7. kitty says:

    When I turn on my surface, the date & time are English but when I swipe down,  the log in page is in Japanese. I don't understand what I'm supposed to do. I don't have any charms.

  8. shawnste says:

    Kitty, Probably you need to change your regional options to "English" (presuming that's what you want).  I usually press Win+R and type intl.cpl and enter to launch it those options.  Otherwise, what is the setting and what are the languages in your language profile?

  9. azami says:

    Hi! i have the same problem with my surface tab, i can't change the language to french! please someone to guide me!