Troubleshooting: Logon screen language is not correct

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 2 May 2012 / Last Updated on 22 Sept. 2011]

How to troubleshoot a problem where you install a language pack on Windows 7 Enterprise and your logon screen doesn't display text in the correct language.

Problem: You've installed Windows 7 on your computer and you decide you want to learn Japanese.  So you install the Japanese language pack too.  But now when you log on to your computer, the logon screen doesn't display text in Japanese.

Solution: When you install a language pack on Windows 7, you must also configure Windows to display the logon screen for the new language instead of the base (default) language.  To do this, open intl.cpl from Control Panel, select the Administrative tab, and click Copy Settings to select Japanese as your logon UI.

Mitch Tulloch is a seven-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. For more tips by Mitch you can follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook.

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