Most Windows PCs come with English as their default language. However, you can add or remove language packs as necessary and Windows 8 makes it easier than ever. While in Windows 7, only the Ultimate or Enterprise version comes with the ability to install additional languages via Windows Update, language packs in Windows 8 can be quickly downloaded and installed without much trouble.
How to add language packs in Windows 8
1. From the Start screen, search for “Language,” then click “Add a language.”
2. Click “Add a language.”
Windows will give you a vast list of languages that it supports. You can go through the list to find the language you want and change the way languages are grouped to find them more quickly.
3. Once you pick a base language, it will give you a variety of sub-languages within that primary language. These can be subtle differences in dialects and geological locations.
We’ve chosen to add Spanish (Mexico) by clicking on that language pack, and then “Add” in the bottom right corner of the window.
4. This will redirect you to the Language options screen for the language that’s about to be installed.
From here, download and install the language pack, change the input method for the language and change Windows’ default spellcheck options based on the language.
Click “Download and install language pack” to continue.
5. A Windows Update pop-up will appear and begin the download and installation process. This can take some time, so let it run its course.
6. When finished downloading and installing, restart the PC.
7. Upon reboot, you’ll see ENG as the default input language located on the right side of the taskbar.
Click on it.
8. The keyboard input can be quickly changed from English to the language of choice here.
The language preferences can also be accessed from this new taskbar addition.
Once installed, there are no new options for a language other than the uninstall option.
How to switch between languages
If you head back to the main Language window like step one above, you can switch between languages as necessary by clicking on the primary language.
You will have to restart Windows for the changes to take effect.
How to remove a language pack from Windows 8
Once a language pack is installed, because of the time it takes to download and install, it doesn’t need to be removed; just follow the above steps to switch between languages.
However, if you want to remove a language pack to free up hard disk space, navigate to the main Language window and click on the language you want to uninstall.
Another pop-up will appear and the uninstall process will begin. Again, this will be a lengthy process, so sit back and let Windows complete it.
Once the uninstall is finished, a prompt will instruct to restart the computer once more.
Adding and removing language packs in Windows 8 is much more seamless than it was in Windows 7 with more options available to find the perfect language for your PC experience. Have you worked with language packs in Windows 8? Let us know in the comments below how you would compare the process to the way it was previoulsy done in Windows 7.