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Windows 10 2004 Language Packs with WSUS

Greg Ernest
Greg Ernest asked
Last Modified: 2021-01-15
We have just completed a rollout of 50 laptops.  Different faculty members require different Language Packs, including Spanish and Japanese.  There are several others as we have faculty who speak or type in several languages.  I would prefer that faculty be able to download the ones they might need without the intervention of our Helpdesk or even myself.

I have seen articles where Microsoft stopped making Feature Packs and other elements unavailable by normal means in Windows 10.  We have also experienced a number of other issues since build 2004 came out.  Unfortunately the succeeding updates have not resolved our particular issues.

Our current Server 2016 environment includes WSUS server.  I am aware that I have a setting blocking the Microsoft store.  I have seen other articles here and on other sources where one could use the registry or local GPO to bypass WSUS to go to Microsoft directly for updates.  I do not desire to do this, even for the small amount of time it would have WSUS bypassed.

One solution with which I have had limited success is to remove the computer from the Domain, install the languages, and place it back in the Domain.  The last user I attempted it with was not able to enable the downloaded language under his login while I was able to under the local computer administrator account we have created.

Below is a screenshot of what we see in the user interface.  I find it very hard to believe that Microsoft has chosen to disable a very useful feature set for a corporate environment.  (It does work for me at home in build 2004 on a non-Domain computer.)

Thank you for any advice you can provide.

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