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Unfortunately, on my PC was pre installed Windows 8.1 Single Language (BR Portuguese) and I can't change the "display language" from BR-PT to US English because don't have any options; for that obvious reason, indeed. So, please: how can I install a new "display language" onto Windows 8.1 Single Language version?

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Your version of Windows does not support adding multiple language packs unless you upgrade it to Windows 8 Professional. Windows 8 Single Language is a limited version of the Windows 8 Core version. –  Ramhound Oct 29 '13 at 17:03
    
Thank you, Ramhound. I'll need to buy a PRO version, I see... Cheers ;-) –  user267872 Oct 29 '13 at 18:10
    
The normal core also supports multiple languages. –  magicandre1981 Oct 29 '13 at 18:15
    
Thanks, magicandre1981. –  user267872 Oct 29 '13 at 18:45
    
@magicandre1981 - Except there is no upgrade path from Windows 8 Single Language to Windows 8 Core considering they are the same level so he would actually pay more overall buying a Windows 8 Core license then if he were to pay to upgrade his license to Windows 8 Professional which would simply be the difference. –  Ramhound Oct 29 '13 at 18:52
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Here how I managed to change "Core Single Language" Windows 8.1 language from Russian to English. Thanks to @mako response.

First of all go and get a language pack you need, links are available here http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/ec4419df-ea0b-4da9-8750-063126debe97/language-pack-not-usable-message-in-windows-81?forum=w8itprogeneral

Download a CAB file (language pack) for your language. Then rename the file to lp.cab and put it into C:\ drive folder.

Then run a command line (cmd, command prompt) as administratior and run this command there:

dism /Online /Add-Package /PackagePath:C:\lp.cab

This will install new language pack into the system. But you can not change language yet. You need to uninstall your old language to apply new one. Run this command now in the same command prompt window:

dism /Online /Get-Packages

This will give you a list of installed updates/packages including language packs. Look for something like this:

Package Identity : Microsoft-Windows-Client-LanguagePack-Package~31bf3856ad364e3
5~amd64~en-US~6.3.9600.16384
State : Installed
Release Type : Language Pack
Install Time : 15.02.2014 15:52

You need to get a package identity for you current language which needs to be removed. I needed to remove Russian so I get "Microsoft-Windows-Client-LanguagePack-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~ru-RU~6.3.9600.16384" as a package name. ru-RU part is a language name. If you need to remove english than look for a package name with en-US part.

OK, now you need to uninstall unneeded language pack, run this command, change package name to one found earlier:

dism /Online /Remove-Package /PackageName:Microsoft-Windows-Client-LanguagePack-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~ru-RU~6.3.9600.1638

After that it will ask you to restart computer to apply changes, respond Y and after restart you will get a new system language. If you ever need to change it back just make the same procedure for different language pack.

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Works perfectly for me from ru-RU to en-US. Thank you a lot! –  Genius Apr 10 at 19:04
    
Thanks, It is really interisting. I faced this tutorial - sergeit.blogspot.ru/2013/11/windows-8-single-language-mui.html . Is it necessary to use bcdedit.exe to employ the new language pack after Add-Package ? –  matreshkin May 14 at 7:45
    
I did this, but after restart Windows doesn't seem to start again. Just a dark screen, and the HD working but effectively doing nothing (I guess, more than 30min have passed) –  arod Jul 5 at 15:47
    
I have a es-ES Windows 8 single language computer. This instructions didn't work for me (I guess because there was an update to 8.1 in between). But this tutorial worked for me: sergeit.blogspot.com/2013/11/windows-8-single-language-mui.html –  arod Jul 5 at 20:23
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Your solution "egaistek" is perfect but it needs additional steps:

Windows 8 Single language does not support multiple language. so you need to uninstall the old one. and then install the new package.

1-First of all go and get a language pack you need, links are available here http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/ec4419df-ea0b-4da9-8750-063126debe97/language-pack-not-usable-message-in-windows-81?forum=w8itprogeneral

2-Download a CAB file (language pack) for your language. Then rename the file to lp.cab and put it into C:\ drive folder.

3-Then run a command line (cmd, command prompt) as administratior and run this command there: dism /Online /Add-Package /PackagePath:C:\lp.cab

This will install new language pack into the system. The installation will take time be patient. But you cannot change language yet. You need to uninstall your old language to apply new one.

  1. Run this command now in the same command prompt window: dism /Online /Get-Packages > c:\file.txt

This part of command “c:\file.txt” will allow you to save the result of command “dism /Online /Get-Packages” to text file , so it will be easy for you to view it, to be clear try to run command with out this part and you understand what I mean .

This will give you a list of installed updates/packages including language packs, you will locate this information in the file stored to c:\file.txt, view the file and Look for something like this:

Package Identity : Microsoft-Windows-Client-LanguagePack-Package~31bf3856ad364e3 5~amd64~en-US~6.3.9600.16384 State : Installed Release Type : Language Pack Install Time : 15.02.2014 15:52

  1. Concentrate in the Time to get a package identity for you current language which needs to be removed. You will found two packages installed your target language and the old language, look for which have old install time.

I need to remove Russian so I get "Microsoft-Windows-Client-LanguagePack-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~ru-RU~6.3.9600.16384" as a package name. ru-RU part is a language name. If you need to remove English than look for a package name with en-US part.

  1. OK, now you need to uninstall unneeded language pack, run this command, change package name to one found earlier: dism /Online /Remove-Package /PackageName:Microsoft-Windows-Client-LanguagePack-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~ru-RU~6.3.9600.1638

Also uninstall process will take time be patient. After that it will ask you to restart computer to apply changes, respond Y and after restart you will get a new system language. If you ever need to change it back just make the same procedure for different language pack.

your solution very useful thanks.

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Who's solution is perfect? –  Chenmunka Feb 18 at 14:52
    
The solution for Mr. egaistek , and I have tested and I add some steps I used to be totally perfect. and It works form me for windows 8 single , so it works for all version. –  Mariam Elosta Feb 19 at 8:01
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There is a way to change your language to English:

1-Install a program called (Belarc Advisor) its free program use its to show your windows 8 or 8.1 license key write it some where.

2-Go to google.com or bing.com search for windows 8.1 single language iso file there is a lot of them around the internet just download one of them and make sure that the language is English and see if its x86(32bit) or x64(64bit) download one like yours.

3-Burn your ISO file to a DVD or make a bootable USB flash ( search for this rufus_v1.3.4 on internet if you want to make a bootable USB flash with your ISO File)

4-Boot your PC from DVD/USB and install the windows( if asked you to inter the key during installation use the key that you grabbed from step one if it didn't worked then search for a key for windows 8.1 single language on the internet and use it temporarily.

5-After you finished installation of winodws use your key to activate windows( the key that you grabbed form step one with Belarc Advisor) thats it

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This requires you reinstall the entire operating system. This isn't really a "soltuion" would be easier to simply purchase the upgrade to Windows 8 Professional. –  Ramhound Feb 4 at 20:53
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here is the solution I found: http://community.acer.com/t5/Programas-Soluciones-y/Cambiar-idioma-al-Windows-8-1-RTM-SL-single-language-y-utilizar/td-p/179569

It is in spanish so: In my case I wanted to install english, so I installed it first and then I removed the spanish and so far is working perfect.

I hope this can be useful for you.

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@make - We really expect more then answers with just links. For those few questions where a link can answer the question we expect a summary of the contents, and those sources to be in English, since this is primarily a English speaking community. The community can help with the grammar once a basic translation is done a link in Spanish only helps a small group of the community. –  Ramhound Feb 4 at 20:55
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