SystemLocale specifies the default language to use for non-Unicode programs.

This setting is used by both Windows® Setup and Windows Deployment Services.

The system locale specifies which bitmap fonts and code pages (for example, ANSI or DOS) are used on the system by default. The system locale setting affects only ANSI applications (non-Unicode) applications. The language for non-Unicode programs is a per-system setting.

Users can change the system locale by using the Administrative tab in the Region and Language Options item in Control Panel.

For the list of supported languages, locales, and identifiers, see Supported Language Packs and Default Settings.



Specifies the locale of the system.

The System_locale string is based on the language-tagging conventions of RFC 3066. The pattern language-region is used, where language is a language code and region is a country or region identifier (for example, en-US, fr-FR, or es-ES).

This value is not case-sensitive.

This string type supports empty elements.

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Applies To

For the list of the Windows editions and architectures that this component supports, see Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE.

XML Example

The following example shows how to set the system locale to English (United States).

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