How to Add a Language Pack to Windows PE

Published: February 29, 2012

Updated: May 31, 2012

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

By default, English language packs are enabled in the English version Windows® Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK). Non-English language packs are not. Similarly, language packs other than the language of your Windows ADK installation are not included by default. You can add a Windows® Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) language pack to an offline Windows PE image by using Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM). The Dism /Set-AllIntl option sets the locale and the user interface (UI) language of a Windows PE image. You must add a language pack before you use the Dism /Set-AllIntl option.

  1. Use the DISM tool to mount the image to a local Windows PE directory. For example:

    Dism /mount-image /imagefile:C:\winpe_amd64\winpe.wim /index:

    where <1> is the number of the selected image on the .wim file.

  2. Add the Windows PE language pack to your working directory. For example:

    Dism /image:C:\winpe_amd64\mount /add-package /packagepath:"C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.0\Assessment and Deployment Kit\Deployment Tools\Windows Preinstallation Environment\amd64\WinPE_OCs\fr-fr\"

    Additional Windows PE language packs are available in the \WinPE_LangPacks folder.

  3. Verify the language settings by using the /Get-Intl option. For example:

    Dism /image:C:\winpe_amd64\mount /get-intl
  4. After you have added the desired language pack to the image, unmount the image, and then commit changes to the image. For example:

    Dism /unmount-image /mountdir:C:\winpe_amd64\mount /commit
  5. Optional: After the image is prepared, copy the image to bootable media. For more information, see Walkthrough: Install Windows PE to CD, USB Flash Drive, or USB Hard Drive or Walkthrough: Flat-Boot Windows PE.

If you remove a optional component by using the Dism /Remove-Package command, the Windows PE image no longer includes the optional component functionality. However, the source file still persists in the image. The size of the image remains the same. To remove the file from the image, you must create a new image.

For more information, see Operating System Package Servicing Command-Line Options, and Image Management Command-Line Options.

If Japanese (ja-JP) or Korean (ko-KR) font optional components are installed in your Windows PE image and the system language is not Japanese (ja-JP) or Korean (ko-KR), the following characters in the Lucida Console font do not appear correctly in Notepad:

  • Backslash (\)

  • Tilde (~)

  • Number sign (#)

  1. Modify the following registry value to use a different font.


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