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I've got Windows 8 Pro installed (RTM version from MSDN). For an application I use I need to have the speech recognition language set to English - US. The only option I have is English - UK. I have tried going to Language in Control Panel and setting the only language to English - US, however English - UK is still the only option in speech properties.

How can I add a language to the Speech Properties?enter image description here

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Should have added the version I installed was English UK Windows 8 x64 (iso name: en-gb_windows_8_x64_dvd_915412.iso). Does that prevent me from getting English - US? – Greg Sep 17 '12 at 1:12

This probably has not changed from Windows 7, where the speech recognition language is tied to the language specified for the OS. Try getting and installing the English-US language pack and it should become available as an option for speech rec. Here is a blog that discusses installing language packs in Windows 8.

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Thanks for the idea. As I mentioned in the question, I have tried just installing the English-US Language Pack, and uninstalling the Australian Language Pack. After a restart, my only option is still English - UK – Greg Sep 25 '12 at 19:50
I realised that I had installed the EN-US language, but not the language pack. After installing the language pack it did fix the problem. – Greg Oct 1 '12 at 0:09
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Finally found the solution:

1) Download the x64 Language Pack DVD ISO

2) Navigate to the EN-US folder and copy the file to a local hard drive

3) Rename the .cab file to .mlc and double click it

4) Run through the wizard to install the language

5) Open Advanced Speech Options and EN-US is now available

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