The evolving Story of Locale Support, part 28: We finally fixed that 'Install New Languages' thing!

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2012/10/26 07:01 -04:00, original URI:

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Windows 8 is out now, and generally available!

And now, just 12 years after shipping MUI Language Packs only for Universal, Language Packs are now directly available to any legal copy of Windows 8!

RTM Language Packs:

LCID Name Display Name Native Name
0401 ar-SA Arabic (Saudi Arabia) العربية (المملكة العربية السعودية)
0402 bg-BG Bulgarian (Bulgaria) български (България)
0804 zh-CN Chinese (People's Republic of China) 中文(中华人民共和国)
0404 zh-TW Chinese (Taiwan) 中文(台灣)
041a hr-HR Croatian (Croatia) hrvatski (Hrvatska)
0405 cs-CZ Czech (Czech Republic) čeština (Česká republika)
0406 da-DK Danish (Denmark) dansk (Danmark)
0413 nl-NL Dutch (Netherlands) Nederlands (Nederland)
0409 en-US English (United States) English (United States)
0425 et-EE Estonian (Estonia) eesti (Eesti)
040b fi-FI Finnish (Finland) suomi (Suomi)
040c fr-FR French (France) français (France)
0407 de-DE German (Germany) Deutsch (Deutschland)
0408 el-GR Greek (Greece) ελληνικά (Ελλάδα)
040d he-IL Hebrew (Israel) עברית (ישראל)
040e hu-HU Hungarian (Hungary) magyar (Magyarország)
0410 it-IT Italian (Italy) italiano (Italia)
0411 ja-JP Japanese (Japan) 日本語 (日本)
0412 ko-KR Korean (Korea) 한국어 (대한민국)
0426 lv-LV Latvian (Latvia) latviešu (Latvija)
0427 lt-LT Lithuanian (Lithuania) lietuvių (Lietuva)
0414 nb-NO Norwegian, Bokmål (Norway) norsk, bokmål (Norge)
0415 pl-PL Polish (Poland) polski (Polska)
0416 pt-BR Portuguese (Brazil) Português (Brasil)
0816 pt-PT Portuguese (Portugal) português (Portugal)
0418 ro-RO Romanian (Romania) română (România)
0419 ru-RU Russian (Russia) русский (Россия)
081a sr-Latn-CS Serbian (Latin, Serbia and Montenegro (Former)) srpski (Srbija i Crna Gora (Prethodno))
041b sk-SK Slovak (Slovakia) slovenčina (Slovenská republika)
0424 sl-SI Slovenian (Slovenia) slovenski (Slovenija)
0c0a es-ES Spanish (Spain) español (España)
041d sv-SE Swedish (Sweden) svenska (Sverige)
041e th-TH Thai (Thailand) ไทย (ไทย)
041f tr-TR Turkish (Turkey) Türkçe (Türkiye)
0422 uk-UA Ukrainian (Ukraine) україньска (Україна)

 Wave 0 Language Interface Packs (also available at RTM):

042d eu-ES Basque (Basque) euskara (euskara)


ca-ES Catalan (Catalan) català (català)
0456 gl-ES Galician (Galician) galego (galego)

Wave 1 Language Interface packs (available now, at Windows 8 GA):

042c az-Latn-AZ Azerbaijani (Latin, Azerbaijan) Azərbaycan­ılı (Azərbaycanca)
141a sq-AL Albanian (Albania)

shqipe (Shqipëria)

041c bs-Latn-BA

Bosnian (Latin, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

bosanski (Bosna i Hercegovina)

0437 ka-GE

Georgian (Georgia)

 ქართული (საქართველო)

0439 hi-iN Hindi (India)

हिंदी (भारत)

040f is-IS Icelandic (Iceland) íslenska (Ísland)
0421 id-ID Indonesian (Indonesia) Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesia)
043f kk-KZ Kazakh (Kazakhstan) Қазақ (Қазақстан)
042f mk-MK Macedonian (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) македонски јазик (Македонија)
043e ms-mY Malay (Malaysia) Bahasa Malaysia (Malaysia)
044c ml-IN Malayalam (India) മലയാളം (ഭാരതം)
0814 nn-NO Norwegian, Nynorsk (Norway) norsk, nynorsk (Noreg)
0429 fa-IR Persian (Iran) فارسى (ايران)
0c1a sr-Cyrl-CS Serbian (Cyrillic, Serbia)

српски (Србија)

045b si-LK Sinhala (Sri Lanka) සිංහ (ශ්‍රී ලංකා)
044a te-IN Telugu (India) తెలుగు (భారత దేశం)
0803 ca-ES-valencia Valencian (Spain) Valencià (Espanya)
042a vi-VN Vietnamese (Vietnam) Tiếng Việt (Việt Nam)
0452 cy-GB

Welsh - United Kingdom

Cymraeg (Y Deyrnas Unedig)

Every single one of these languauges is now available to the world!

Let's grab Icelandic!

Pick Icelandic!   

Windows Display Language Available   


Download and Install Language Pack   

Install Icelandic! ]  


You can now do this with any language!

even the full Language Packs.

Woo hoo!

Now how's that for a great Windows 8 international language feature no one else has mentioned?!? :-)

metathinker on 26 Oct 2012 8:14 AM:

I was *so* excited about the Icelandic localization...

until I opened classic Control Panel and saw these strings:

- Save backup copies of your files with File History

- Find and fix problems

- View network status and tasks

- Choose homegroup and sharing options

- Adjust commonly used mobility settings

Well, at least the Windows feature I work on had all its UI text translated...

Alex Cohn on 26 Oct 2012 11:36 AM:

Hey-ho! That's great, and a nice followup to the good news of your return from the hospital!

Jan Kučera on 27 Oct 2012 11:26 AM:

Woo hoo!

Yet how can it be Malayalam but not Tamil? :)

Mihai on 27 Oct 2012 6:50 PM:

This is wonderfull, about time!

Although MacOS X shipped with (free) localized UI for along time now, Windows has now way more languages available.

contextfree on 27 Oct 2012 7:05 PM:

Here's a scenario I wish were supported:

I can read English and Japanese. English is my native language, but there are some apps in the store for which Japanese is really the "native language" of the app itself (and its authors), but there's also a sloppily translated (maybe machine translated) English version in the store. In these cases I'd much prefer to see the Japanese version by default. I wish there were a way (maybe there is?) for app authors to specify preferred languages for an app and have those languages be used by default in some cases even when it's not my #1 preferred language in general, but is somewhere else on my list of languages.

Random guy on 28 Oct 2012 9:36 PM:

sq-AL = Albanian (Albania)

Doug Ewell on 29 Oct 2012 10:41 AM:

@contextfree: Devil's advocate: what if the English translation were excellent? Would you still want the Japanese version? If you wanted the English instead, how would the OS know?

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