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Add Language Pack Updates for the Windows 8.1 Update

Updated: April 2, 2014

Applies To: Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2

Use language pack updates to update language resources for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1 Industry, Windows Preinstall Environment (WinPE), and Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE), after the Windows 8.1 Update (KB2919355) has been applied. Each language pack update will come with three versions, one for each processor architecture.

The Windows 8.1 Update language pack updates are available to OEMs only. They are significantly faster to install than the full MSU update package. You can add these language pack updates using either an online or an offline update.

If you don't add the language resources for Windows 8.1 Update, the Windows user experience might not be correctly localized, and users will be prompted to download the language resources for Windows 8.1 Update from Windows Update.

To add the language resources, you can do either of the following:

  • Add the Windows 8.1 RTM language pack and then re-apply the update packages, either offline or online. If your PC has limited hard drive space, you might have to add the packages offline and perform all cleanup steps, as described earlier on this page.

    - or -

  • To save time, OEMs can add the Windows 8.1 RTM language pack, and then install the corresponding language pack update for Windows 8.1 Update.

  1. Mount the Windows image (install.wim).

    Dism /Mount-Image /ImageFile:"C:\Images\install_updated.wim" /Index:1 /MountDir:C:\mount\Windows
    
  2. Add the language pack for Windows 8.1 RTM. For example, add the German (de-de) language pack.

    md C:\Scratch
    
    Dism /Add-Package /Image:C:\mount\Windows /PackagePath:C:\packages\Win8.1RTM\de-de\lp.cab /ScratchDir:C:\Scratch
    
  3. Add the language pack update for Windows 8.1 Update for the corresponding language. See the table below for the list of KBs associated with each language.

    Dism /Add-Package /Image:C:\mount\Windows /PackagePath:C:\packages\Win8.1Update\de-de\Windows8.1-KB2938327-x64.msu /ScratchDir:C:\Scratch
    
  4. Mount and update the Windows RE image, using the same procedure, adding the language pack update:

    Dism /Mount-Image /ImageFile:"C:\mount\windows\Windows\System32\Recovery\winre.wim" /index:1 /MountDir:"C:\mount\winre"
    
    Dism /Add-Package /Image:"C:\mount\winre" /PackagePath:"C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.1\Assessment and Deployment Kit\Windows Preinstallation Environment\amd64\WinPE_OCs\de-de"
    
    Dism /Add-Package /Image:C:\mount\winre /PackagePath:C:\packages\Win8.1Update\de-de\Windows8.1-KB2938327-x64.msu /ScratchDir:C:\Scratch
    
    Dism /Unmount-Image /MountDir:"C:\mount\winre" /Commit
    

    Note: The first /Add-Package command adds only the applicable packages from the ..\WinPE_OCs\de-de folder. For more info, see Customize Windows RE.

  5. Unmount the Windows image.

    Dism /Unmount-Image /MountDir:C:\mount\Windows /Commit
    

The following language pack updates will be available to OEMs:

 

Language display name Language/Culture name Language pack update KB

Arabic (Saudi Arabia)

ar-sa

KB2938323

Bulgarian (Bulgaria)

bg-bg

KB2938324

Chinese (Hong Kong S.A.R.)

zh-hk

KB2938320

Chinese (PRC)

zh-cn

KB2938318

Chinese (Taiwan)

zh-tw

KB2938321

Croatian (Croatia)

hr-hr

KB2938336

Czech (Czech Republic)

cs-cz

KB2938325

Danish (Denmark)

da-dk

KB2938326

Dutch (Netherlands)

nl-nl

KB2938258

English (Great Britain)

en-gb

KB2938329

English (United States)

en-us

KB2938322

Estonian (Estonia)

et-ee

KB2938332

Finnish (Finland)

fi-fi

KB2938333

French (France)

fr-fr

KB2938334

German (Germany)

de-de

KB2938327

Greek (Greece)

el-gr

KB2938328

Hebrew (Israel)

he-il

KB2938335

Hungarian (Hungary)

hu-hu

KB2938339

Italian (Italy)

it-it

KB2938340

Japanese (Japan)

ja-jp

KB2938341

Korean (Korea)

ko-kr

KB2938344

Latvian (Latvia)

lv-lv

KB2938347

Lithuanian (Lithuania)

lt-lt

KB2938345

Norwegian, Bokmål (Norway)

nb-no

KB2938348

Polish (Poland)

pl-pl

KB2938296

Portuguese (Brazil)

pt-br

KB2938298

Portuguese (Portugal)

pt-pt

KB2938301

Romanian (Romania)

ro-ro

KB2938304

Russian (Russia)

ru-ru

KB2938307

Serbian (Latin, Serbia)

sr-latn-rs

KB2938311

Slovenian (Slovenia)

sl-si

KB2938306

Spanish (Spain)

es-es

KB2938330

Slovak (Slovakia)

sk-sk

KB2938308

Swedish (Sweden)

sv-se

KB2938312

Thai (Thailand)

th-th

KB2938313

Turkish (Turkey)

tr-tr

KB2938315

Ukrainian (Ukraine)

uk-ua

KB2938317

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