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Some links on resetting Windows 10 to a different installation language, but keeping the license

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/12/24

I had a few non English Windows 10 systems that I wanted to keep the license for, but otherwise have a clean Windows 10 English install on.

Some links; hopefully I can later make more notes.

  • [WayBack] change windows 10 installation language – Google Search
  • [WayBack] How to change Windows 10 installation language – Super User

    After you have installed Windows 10, you can install a language pack. The installed language will be available for use when you perform a reset.

  • [WayBack] Language Packs – Windows Help

    Use the Add a language feature to download and install another language for Windows 10 so you can view menus, dialog boxes, and supported apps and websites in that language. To do this:

    1. Select the Start  button, and then select Settings  Time & Language  > Language.
      Open Language settings
    2. Under Preferred languages, select Add a language.
      Language settings in Windows 10
    3. Under Choose a language to install, select or type the name of the language that you want to download and install, and then select Next.
    4. Under Install language features, select the features that you want to use in the language that you selected to download, and then select Install.
      Install language features in Windows 10

    To use Microsoft Office in your preferred language, download an Office language pack.

    You can download and install any of the following languages in Windows 10.

    Language Native name Base language required 
    Afrikaans Afrikaans English (United States)
    Albanian shqip English (United States)
    Amharic አማርኛ English (United States)
    Arabic العربية Any language
    Armenian Հայերեն English (United States)
    Assamese অসমীয়া English (United States)
    Azerbaijani (Latin) Azərbaycan English (United States)
    Bangla (Bangladesh) বাংলা (ভারত) English (United States)
    Bangla (India) বাংলা (ভারত) English (United States)
    Basque euskara Spanish (Spain)
    Belarusian беларуская мова Russian
    Bosnian (Latin) bosanski English (United States)
    Bulgarian Български Any language
    Catalan català Spanish (Spain)
    Central Kurdish (Arabic) سۆرانی English (United States)
    Cherokee (Cherokee) ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ English (United States)
    Chinese Simplified 中文(简体) Any language
    Chinese Traditional 中文(繁體) Any language
    Croatian hrvatski Any language
    Czech čeština Any language
    Danish dansk Any language
    Dari درى English (United States)
    Dutch Nederlands Any language
    English English Any language
    Estonian eesti Any language
    Filipino Filipino English (United States)
    Finnish suomi Any language
    French français Any language
    Galician galego Spanish (Spain)
    Georgian ქართული English (United States)
    German Deutsch Any language
    Greek Ελληνικά Any language
    Gujarati ગુજરાતી English (United States)
    Hausa (Latin) Hausa English (United States)
    Hebrew עברית Any language
    Hindi हिंदी English (United States)
    Hungarian magyar Any language
    Icelandic íslenska English (United States)
    Igbo Ndi Igbo English (United States)
    Indonesian Bahasa Indonesia English (United States)
    Irish Gaeilge English (United States)
    isiXhosa isiXhosa English (United States)
    isiZulu isiZulu English (United States)
    Italian italiano Any language
    Japanese 日本語‫ Any language
    Kannada ಕನ್ನಡ English (United States)
    Kazakh Қазақ English (United States)
    Khmer ខ្មែរ English (United States)
    K’iche’ Qatzijob’al Spanish (Mexico)
    Kinyarwanda Ikinyarwanda English (United States)
    KiSwahili Kiswahili English (United States)
    Konkani कोंकणी English (United States)
    Korean 한국어‫ Any language
    Kyrgyz Кыргыз Russian
    Latvian latviešu Any language
    Lithuanian lietuvių Any language
    Luxembourgish Lëtzebuergesch French
    Macedonian македонски јазик English (United States)
    Malay (Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore) Bahasa Melayu English (United States)
    Malayalam മലയാളം English (United States)
    Maltese Malti English (United States)
    Maori Te Reo Māori English (United States)
    Marathi मराठी English (United States)
    Mongolian (Cyrillic) Монгол хэл English (United States)
    Nepali नेपाली English (United States)
    Norwegian (Bokmål) norsk (bokmål) Any language
    Norwegian (Nynorsk) norsk (nynorsk) Norwegian (Bokmål)
    Odia ଓଡିଆ English (United States)
    Persian فارسی English (United States)
    Polish Polski Any language
    Portuguese (Brazil) português Any language
    Portuguese (Portugal) português Any language
    Punjabi ਪੰਜਾਬੀ English (United States)
    Punjabi (Arabic) پنجابی English (United States)
    Quechua runasimi Spanish (Mexico)
    Romanian română Any language
    Russian Русский Any language
    Scottish Gaelic Gàidhlig English (United States)
    Serbian (Cyrillic, Bosnia and Herzegovina) српски English (United States)
    Serbian (Cyrillic, Serbia) српски Serbian (Latin)
    Serbian (Latin) srpski Any language
    Sesotho sa Leboa Sesotho sa Leboa English (United States)
    Setswana (South Africa and Botswana) Setswana English (United States)
    Sindhi (Arabic) سنڌي English (United States)
    Sinhala සිංහල English (United States)
    Slovak slovenčina Any language
    Slovenian slovenski Any language
    Spanish Español Any language
    Swedish svenska Any language
    Tajik (Cyrillic) тоҷикӣ Russian
    Tamil (India and Sri Lanka) தமிழ் English (United States)
    Tatar Татар Russian
    Telugu తెలుగు English (United States)
    Thai ไทย Any language
    Tigrinya (Ethiopia) ትግርኛ English (United States)
    Turkish Türkçe Any language
    Turkmen Türkmençe Russian
    Ukrainian українська Any language
    Urdu اردو English (United States)
    Uyghur ئۇيغۇرچە Simplified Chinese (China)
    Uzbek (Latin) O’zbekcha English (United States)
    Valencian valencià Spanish (Spain)
    Vietnamese Tiếng Việt English (United States)
    Welsh Cymraeg English (United States)
    Wolof Wolof French
    Yoruba ede Yorùbá English (United States)

    May I redistribute the Language Pack?

    If you represent a government or government agency, a government-affiliated or government-sponsored cultural or language board or institution, or an accredited educational institution, you may redistribute the Pack to validly licensed users of the Software, in the same form as received from Microsoft.

  • [WayBack] Recovery options in Windows 10

    Reset your PC

    Resetting reinstalls Windows 10, but lets you choose whether to keep your files or remove them, and then reinstalls Windows. You can reset your PC from Settings, the sign-in screen, or by using a recovery drive or installation media.

    Reset your PC from Settings

    1. Select the Start  button, then select Settings  > Update & Security   > Recovery .
      Open Recovery settings
    2. Under Reset this PC, select Get started and then choose from the options and/or settings in the table below.
    Option What it does
    Keep my files > Change settings > Preinstalled apps On
    • Reinstalls Windows 10 and keeps your personal files.
    • Removes apps and drivers you installed.
    • Removes changes you made to settings.
    • Restores any apps your PC manufacturer installed if your PC came with Windows 10.
    Keep my files > Change settings > Preinstalled apps Off
    • Reinstalls Windows 10 and keeps your personal files.
    • Removes apps and drivers you installed.
    • Removes changes you made to settings.
    • Removes any apps your PC manufacturer installed.
    Remove everything
    • Reinstalls Windows 10 and removes your personal files.
    • Removes apps and drivers you installed.
    • Removes changes you made to settings.
    • Removes any apps your PC manufacturer installed. (If your PC came with Windows 10, apps from your PC manufacturer will be reinstalled.)

    Note: Remove everything > Change settings gives you two options.

    Data erasure On removes files and cleans the drive. If you’re planning to donate, recycle, or sell your PC, use this option. This might take an hour or two, but it makes it harder for other people to recover files you’ve removed.

    Data erasure Off just removes files. It takes less time, but is less secure.

    Reset your PC from the sign-in screen

    If you can’t open Settings, you can reset your PC from the sign-in screen. Here’s how:

    1. Press Windows logo key + L to get to the sign-in screen, and then restart your PC by pressing the Shift key while you select the Power  button > Restart in the lower-right corner of the screen.
    2. Your PC will restart in the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) environment.
    3. On the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot > Reset this PC, and then choose one of the options in the previous table.
      Choose an option screen in the Windows Recovery Environment.

–jeroen

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