Installing language pack on Windows 7

Jerry Collins
Jerry Collins used Ask the Experts™
I recently purchased a Windows 7 Pro machine and then needed to add Japanese language support and found that it was available in Win 7 Ultimate.

I upgraded to Ultimate and then used windows update to add the optional Japanese language pack. After a couple of issues I got this installed, but I still can't find the Japanese language resource to change the display language.

Have I missed a step?

Any help gratefully received.

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To change the Windows 7 Display Language:

1. Go to Start -> Control Panel -> Clock, Language, and Region / Change the display language
2. Switch the display language in the Choose a display language drop down menu.
3. Click OK
4. Log off for the changes to take effect (This will affect only the user profile under which you are currently logged on).

pls do this and let me know the result
This is an issue we are running into.  The MUI's are part of Windows Update for Enterprise and Ultimate now but you can't even buy them for MS for Pro or below.  I pulled this from

"Client language packs

Licensing details

Client language packs need to be licensed to be installed and run on a Windows 7 system. Since a complete language pack is required to display the system’s UI, all editions of Windows 7 are licensed to have one complete language pack running. Select editions are also licensed to allow more than one language pack on the system at a time. These editions are known as multilingual editions. A multilingual edition enables users to change the UI language on a per-user basis. Since the UI language is associated with the user profile, multiple users that share the same system can use it in different languages.

In Windows Vista and Windows 7, only the Enterprise and Ultimate editions are multilingual."
I hop they address this for people that OEM Pro licenses from their vendor.


Thank you for your answer and support.

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