Posted by Dave Thijssen Thursday 8 November 2012

Installing Multilingual User Interface (MUI) Language Packs on a Windows Server OS can be useful when you allow end users to log in on those system. This is the case in, for example, Citrix XenApp Servers or Remote Desktop Servers (formerly Terminal Servers).

This way administrators will have the benefit of eventlog descriptions in English which are easier to troubleshoot and run internet searches on, and quicker access to updates, but users will still be able to use an interface in their native language.

For this you need to find a Language Pack in .cab format. You can download an ISO containing every Language Pack available from Microsoft: Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Multilingual User Interface Language Packs (7601.17514.101119-1850_x64fre_server_langpacks_1-GRMSXLP1_DVD.iso)

Be carefull to download the correct ISO compatible with your OS and Service Pack level, otherwise you'll get an error message: "Language pack is incompatible with this version of Windows".

If you have the correct version, these are the necessary steps...

Go to your "Control Panel", "Clock, Language, and Regions", "Region and Language". Select the tab "Keyboards and Languages" and click "Install/uninstall languages...".

Click "Install display languages".

Browse and select the applicable language file ("").

Installation will take a few minutes.

Click "Close".

There's now an additional pull down menu to select your display language. We're going to leave this on English and use Group Policies to set the display language for our remote desktop users.

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