Installing Language Packs

To personalize Windows Server 2012 to meet your language needs, it is possible to install language packs to get Windows in your native language. To do this, insert the language packs DVD in your DVD drive or download the language pack of the language of your choice.

1. In the Start screen enter lpksetup, and press Enter.
lpksetup in Start screen

2. Choose the Install display languages option.
Install display languages in Display Languages wizard

3. Click Browse and select the folder in which the language pack(s) is/are stored. You can also select one language pack (.cab) from that folder. The list of languages will now be populated after which you can check the language(s) you want to install. Click Next to proceed to continue.
Select language(s) to install

4. Accept the licence agreement and click Next to start the installation.
License agreement

5. The installation will take some time. After the installation has finished, click Close.
Installing language pack(s) Installation of language pack(s) finished

6. After the installation has finished, click Control Panel in the Start screen, and open

  • Add a Language under Clock, Language, and Region if you are using the Categorized view.
  • Language if you are using the Classic view.

Next, click Advanced settings in the left pane.
Advanced settings of Language preferences in the Control Panel

7. Finally set the Override for Windows display language to the language you want to use and optionally click the link under the dropdown to also use this language at the welcome screen and for new user accounts. Click Save to apply the language change and log off and re-logon to immediately see the result.
Select language to use

8. Enjoy Windows Server 2012 in your native language! 🙂
Windows Server 2012 in Dutch


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9 Responses

  1. imran says:

    what is silent switches to install language setup

  2. It’s an amazing post for all the internet users;
    they will take advantage from it I am sure.

  3. Alex says:

    Please add Ramires / Helvios (brilliant) answers to your (magnificient) guide.

  4. Helvio says:

    Translating Ramires’s answer – the best one. First be sure your server access the internet. It worked like a charm for me.

    – Just goto to Control Panel – Clock, Language and Region – Language.
    – Then click on “Add a Language” and choose your language (this will be the same as adding language to any Windows OS).
    – Now you click on Options and can choose keyboard layout and other language specific options.
    – On the top of the Options window, on section “Windows display language”, it will look for available language pack. When it finds it, click on “Download and install language pack”. An usual update download and install window will appear and complete the operation automatically for you.

    To change default display language, you go to Control Panel – Language – Options (of the desired language) and click on “Make this the primary language” (or something like this). Logoff as asked and, then, logon.

    You don’t need to change numbers and dates’ formats, as the default is to use the display language standards. To change current and new users’ logon screen, format and etc., go to Control Panel – “Change date, time or number formats”. On tab “Location”, choose your country, on tab “Administrative”, click on “Copy settings…” select “Welcome screen and system accounts” e “New user accounts” and click on “OK”. You need to reboot so it is completely on the new language.

  5. Ramires says:

    Ou entre em painel de controle > language options > options > download and install language pack. Enjoy it !

  6. Where, I am download MUI packs? Thank you
    Sorry for my bad English.

    • Arris says:

      For now they are only available for paid customers on MSDN. They will within some time probably also be released to the public, just like the language packs for Windows 7/Server 2008 R2.

    • Jan Wagner says:

      You can download it from VLSC center as well./Stáhnout jej můžete také z VLSC centra, pokud využíváte některou formu předplatného společnosti Microsoft.

      • Paul Glynn says:

        Jan.. I was wondering where I can download the language pack DVD for Windows server 2012. Currently I am running English and need to add Chinese and German. I dont have the Language pack.

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