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WIN2008 – Installing Language Pack(s) MUI

Windows Server 2008 - Installing Language Pack(s) MUI
Working internationally we often are asked to install multiple MUI (Multi User Interfaces) or Language Packs to support different regions. Also it is quit common to install the operating system in the US-English version and then apply a language pack or MUI. For Windows Server 2008 these language packs are provided in .CAB file extension.

The language packs can be download from the Download Center from Microsoft here. Download the appropriate file for you, remember you'll need to take in account the language needed and the type of system namely x86, x64 or Itanium.

Within Windows Server 2008 it is possible to use a new command line tool which allows us to install the language packs.

Installing Language Packs using GUI
It is possible to install the language pack using the GUI of lpksetup. First we'll need to start-up an instance of lpksetup and select Install Languages.

Next we'll browse to the correct path where the language packs are located and select the Select Folder.

Indicate which language packs that we want to install. If you've selected the packs of your choice continue by pressing Next.

Read and Accept the license and press Next.

We'll get an overview of the packs that need to install. Press Install to start the installation procedure.

After the installation has completed we'll indicate that we'll change the interface language and if necessary preform the same change on the system accounts.

As you'll see, we'll need to Log Off before the changes are in effect.

De-installing or adding more language packs can be done in the same manner.

Installing Language Packs using CLI
The command line let’s you install a single or even multiple language packs at once.

Select All Code:
lpksetup.exe /i en-US /p C:\languagepacksfolder\

De-installation of the package can also be done with the command line interface.

Select All Code:
lpksetup.exe /u en-US

Note: This also applies to Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise. Windows 7 language packs are available for computers that are running Windows 7 Ultimate or Windows 7 Enterprise. The Windows 7 language packs can be installed only from the Optional Updates section in Windows Update. However, these language packs are not available on the Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server or through the Microsoft Download Center.

More Information: technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766010%28WS.10%29.aspx www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=22681

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