How to: Install Language Pack file ( lp.cab ) in Windows 8 RTM

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Currently, DreamSpark Premium (formerly MSDNAA) only have access to the en-US version of Windows 8 RTM, fortunately enough if you want to change the display language now you can download the official Language Pack.

Problem: There’s no way to manually install a language pack file (lp.cab) in Windows 8, at least accessible through Control Panel as it was in Windows 7 (Microsoft must be planing to only distribute language packs through Windows Update, but, at the time of writing, they aren’t available yet )

Solution #1:

  • Press Win key
  • In Start Screen write lpksetup
  • Press enter and follow instructions
  • After the successful installation, restart and enable the new display language in Control Panel\Clock> Language and Region> Language

Solution #2:

  • Press Win key
  • In Start Screen, write cmd
  • Right mouse click over Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  • Write the following command, restart afterwards and enable your display language in Control Panel:
dism /online /add-package /packagepath:C:\languagepacks\de-de\lp.cab

NOTE 1#: You will need to adapt the commands requirements for your specific usage, for instance, if i want to install a pt-PT language pack that is located at c:\users\me\lpacks\pt-PT\lp.cab, the command would be

dism /online /add-package /packagepath:C:\users\me\lpacks\pt-PT\lp.cab

NOTE 2#: Don’t forget to change your Locale settings also, so you can get the same language everywhere.

PS: I don’t know if I’m allowed to share the full .iso file here, but you can easly find this anywhere, they are named as follow in MSDN:

  • x86: mu_windows_8_language_pack_x86_dvd_917546.iso
  • x64: mu_windows_8_language_pack_x64_dvd_917544.iso
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26 thoughts on “How to: Install Language Pack file ( lp.cab ) in Windows 8 RTM

  1. Vadym Mykhaylyuk

    I have just installed Windows 8 Pro and I want it to be Ukrainian. So I downloaded a lp.cab I wanted (MSDNAA gives it all) and used your method. Works amazing, thanks from hot Spain!!!

    • If you have Windows 8.1, follow this steps:
      1. Go to PC Settings > Time and Language > Region and language
      2. Click in Add a language
      3. Using the text in black, find Spanish (is in alphabetic order) and pick the one you want
      4. Click on the new added language > Options
      5. Click on Download language pack

      Alternatively, you can change it by downloading a language pack. Steps:

      1. Download the language pack installation file
      2. Follow this guide to install your language

      Hope it helps!

      – A

      • Javed Ali

        I have Windows 8 in español but I would like to change it to english..Please Help..I cant understand Español hence could not follow the instructrions

  2. Javed Ali

    I have Windows 8 in español but I would like to change it to english..Please Help..I cant understand Español hence could not follow the instructrions

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