How to change system locale in Windows 8 and Windows 7

Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 system locale can be changed using the Change System Locale options available under Control Panel.

Change system locale in Windows 8.1

Launch Control Panel on Windows 8.1 and Select Clock, Language and Region option.

Clock, Language and Region in Windows8.1

Click Change location under link under Region section

Change location in Windows 8.1

In the Region dialog, click the Change system locale button under Language for non-Unicode programs.

Change system locale on Windows 8.1

Now you can change the system locale using Current system locale dropdown list.

Current system locale on Windows 8.1

Change system locale in Windows 7

Navigate to Control Panel -> Region and Language 

Region and Language on Windows 7

Clicking on the Region and Language link, would display the Region and Language dialog as shown below.

Change system locale on Windows 7

Change System locale option will be available under the Administrative tab and on clicking the button, the following locale selection dialog box would be displayed

using which the required locale can be selected.

Region and Language Settings on Windows 7

In Category: Windows 7, Windows 8

Ravi Shankar

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  • barham January 13, 2010, 8:25 am

    In the name of Allah…
    hi my friend. Does there a way to change the system locale by another program or a patch to do it automatically without asking your user to follow the steps by himself…
    please if you find such solution email me…
    thanks in advance

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