All installations of Windows® 7 contain at least one language pack and the language-neutral binaries that make up the core operating system. Licensing requirements state that Windows 7 can include only a single language, with the exception of the Windows 7 Ultimate and the Enterprise editions. These are referred to as single-language editions. However, the Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise editions can include multiple language packs. These are referred to as multilingual editions.
This topic includes information about adding Language Packs to a running operating system using one of the following methods.
- From a command-line prompt using the
Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM.exe) tool.
- From the Language Pack Setup tool
(Lpksetup.exe) graphical user interface. The LPKSetup tool will
validate license requirements.
- From an unattended answer file during the
auditUser or oobeSystem configuration pass of
Windows Setup using a RunSynchronous command to specify
Lpksetup command-line parameters.
You can use these same procedures to add or remove Language Interface Packs (LIPs). For more information about the difference between a language pack and a LIP, see Understanding Multilingual Deployments.
To add a language pack using DISM
When you add language packs using DISM, the licensing requirements are not verified. Therefore, if you add multiple language packs to a single-language edition of Windows, all non-default languages will be removed from the computer after the end user boots to Windows Welcome, selects a language, and restarts the computer. For more information, see Understanding Multilingual Deployments.
- On the running Windows 7 operating system, open an
elevated command-line prompt.
- Type the following command to add a language pack to the
Dism /online /Add-Package /PackagePath:C:\test\LangPacks\lp.cab
For more information about DISM international servicing commands, see Languages and International Servicing Command-Line Options
To use the Lpksetup tool on a running operating system
When you add language packs using the LPKSetup tool, the licensing requirements are verified. You will be alerted if you are running a single-language edition of Windows and cannot install additional language packs.
- Install Windows.
- Copy the language pack (.cab) file to an accessible location in
the installed Windows operating system. Do not expand the LP.cab
- Run Lpksetup in one of the following ways:
- At a command-line prompt, type
The Install or Uninstall Display Languages window appears. Follow the on-screen instructions to add a language pack.
- At a command-line prompt, type
Lpksetup with the options to install or to update language
packs. For more information about the command-line syntax, see
- At a command-line prompt, type Lpksetup.
To run Lpksetup.exe during an unattended installation
You can run the Lpksetup.exe tool as part of an unattended installation by creating a RunSynchronous command and specifying the exact Lpksetup parameters. For more information about the Lpksetup command-line usage, see Lpksetup Command-Line Options.
If you are running a single-language edition of Windows, this process will not complete.
- Open Windows System Image Manager (Windows SIM).
- Open an answer file. For more information, see Open an Answer
- On the Insert menu, point to Synchronous Command,
and then select either the auditUser or the
oobeSystem configuration pass from the submenu.
- The Lpksetup tool does not process language packs in any configuration pass other than auditUser and oobeSystem.
- The Lpksetup tool requires administrator privileges to run. The RunSynchronous command must run in an account that has administrator privileges.
- The Lpksetup tool cannot install expanded .cab files. Do not expand the LP.cab file when using Lpksetup during an unattended installation.
- In the Create Synchronous Command dialog box, specify
the command-line options that you intend to use in the Enter
command line text box. For example, type:
lpksetup.exe /i de-DE /r /p %SYSTEMDRIVE%\LangPacks
- Save the answer file and close Windows SIM. The answer
file should look similar to the following XML sample:
<SynchronousCommand wcm:action="add"> <Order>1</Order> <CommandLine>lpksetup.exe /i de-DE /r /p %SYSTEMDRIVE%\LangPacks</CommandLine> <Description>Install German (Germany) Language Pack</Description> </SynchronousCommand>
- Run Windows Setup to apply the answer file and add the
language pack to the computer.
In some cases, the computer must be rebooted.