Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

This question already has an answer here:

I installed Windows 8 Pro edition Spanish version and I'd like to have English as the display language for Windows.

I follow the steps detailed in the solution but the option "Windows display language: Available for download" doesn't appear next to the English language as it does with Spanish.

I guess that English language is pre-installed with Windows 8 Pro.

It happens the same with the rest of the languages. You only can add the language as an input method and can't download it.

Maybe I can't set English language as the Display Language due to the license type of my Windows 8 SKU?

share|improve this question

marked as duplicate by Mokubai, Tog, Dave M, Everett, Carl B Sep 21 '13 at 0:10

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

Is this a SingleLanguage edition? – Dave Sep 12 '13 at 12:40
Have you installed the English language pack? If the information in this question does lead you to way to install the English language pack then you have a SKU that does not allow for multiple language packs to be installed.… – Ramhound Sep 12 '13 at 12:41
As I said, this is a Windows 8 Pro edition, not a Windows 8 Single Language edition, so there's the possibility to install multiple languages. I could install another language downloading it from the Microsoft site, but "main" languages don't allow to donwload them, I'm afraid that a few languages pack come pre-installed with Windows 8. – fedayn Sep 12 '13 at 13:01
up vote 2 down vote accepted

I've able to sort out the issue but I think not in the most ideal way.

According to Microsoft, you should download additional languages pack through the language preferences view.

That's ok and quite easy, just add the additional language and download it. The problem comes, as happened in my case, when you add the language pack and doesn't appear the download option for that language, the new language is just available as an Input method

If you go to the Microsoft site for language pack downloads (Language packs) and have a look at the Download method next to each language, you'll notice that many of the just can be download from the Control Panel, And the rest are available for direct download. On of them is the English language pack.

Looking on the Internet, I got the links for the English language pack and a few more from this site All Windows 8 Language Packs. The site is in Spanish, but it's not quite complicated find out the right link for your language pack. Download the file and follow the steps below the links.

After the LP installation, I see the Windows display language option and can use English US as the display language for my Windows 8 Pro.

Thank you.

share|improve this answer
That link is dead, but this one now works:… – Dan Getz Feb 19 '15 at 3:16
The same for Windows 10. You have a link to download the language packs. – fedayn May 25 at 11:33

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.