How-to Get and Install SharePoint 2010 Language Packs


Many organizations I've worked with are trying to ensure multilingual support in their SharePoint enterprise instances. What's funny is the language packs download process doesn't entirely make sense. In most cases, downloaders go to the language pack download page and get the English (or browser preferred language) and think that includes all the language packs.

It doesn't.

How do I get the language packs?

To get the language packs, go to the respective language pack page:

After reaching this page, change the dropdown that says Change Language from English (or your browser default language) to the language that you want and it will navigate you to the other language page so you can download the language pack for your target language. You will simply click the download button (it will be translated into the target language).

The files from all the language packs are named SharePointLanguagePack.exe (Foundation) and ServerLanguagePack.exe (Server), so I would suggest that you rename the file to include the language global name (e.g. ServerLanguagePack_de-de.exe).

How do I get Service Packs?

Language Packs do have service packs. Unfortunately, there is a glitch with the naming in Microsoft Download in which the title of the SharePoint Server language pack is improperly named. The process for selecting the language is the same as before, but each file is named with both the KB article identifier as well as the language that it is updating (e.g. serverlanguagepack2010sp1-kb2460056-x64-fullfile-de-de.exe).

The locations for SharePoint language pack service pack 1 downloads are:

If you have to install a lot of language packs, it is easier to download, extract and slipstream them all in advance, then run through each install and finally finish it all with a SharePoint Configuration Wizard PSConfigUI.exe (or you can use psconfig.exe -cmd upgrade -inplace v2v).

To slipstream the installs you'll need to extract the core language file:

ServerLanguagePack_de-de.exe /extract:<extract-location>

Then you'll need to extract the update to the language Updates folder:

serverlanguagepack2010sp1-kb2460056-x64-fullfile-de-de.exe
/extract:<extract-location>\Updates

When you run the base install of the language pack, it will install the language with all updates in place.

What about Cumulative Updates (CUs)?

Cumulative Updates are different from service packs because they contain all the language pack updates in the entire package. Note that instead of the CUs being created with a language noted in the file name (i.e. EN, DE, FR), they have the letters GLB for GLoBal in the file name. This means that when you update your servers, your language packs will get upgraded as well.

Enjoy!

Comments (3)

  1. Simon says:

    Thx very much,

    through this update procedure we were able to apply german Language Pack Service Pack 1

  2. Sagar says:

    Hello Suman,

    Thanks for the article. I want to deploy Brazil language pack only in my farm. I'm planning to do a SharePoint 2010 SP2 slipstream installation in my development box. Would like to know If I want can I do a slipstream language pack. The link above http://www.microsoft.com/…/details.aspx says that "Language Packs for SharePoint Server 2010, Project Server 2010, Search Server 2010, and Office Web Apps 2010" . I do have SharePoint 2010 + Project server + Fast in my farm but not office web apps and Search server so not sure if i need to install the language pack from the above location or some where else. Also I need to patch  the language pack so that it is compatible with my SharePoint SP2 . Can you please suggest from where I can get Brazil language pack installation and its latest service pack.

  3. The packages include the entire contents for all servers whether you have them installed or not.

    After a quick search, SP2 is located here: http://www.microsoft.com/…/details.aspx

    And language packs here: http://www.microsoft.com/…/details.aspx

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