In the beginning, I installed Windows 10 Pro in Russian language, but now I want to switch to English completely. I have made several changes in the registry editor, settings, and command prompt, and 99% of the conversion is complete.
However, I still see Russian language when I access System Restore, System Recovery, or Command Prompt from Safe Mode, even though the main section is in English.
How can I change the language fully?
If you are a Windows 10 Pro user who has installed the operating system in a non-English language, you may encounter situations where you need to switch to English. However, changing the language settings may not be enough to fully switch to English, especially in Safe Mode. In this blog post, we will guide you on how to change the language settings in Safe Mode to fully switch to English.
Step 1: Check Your Current Language Settings
Before you start changing the language settings, it is important to know your current language settings. To check your current language settings, go to the Settings app and click on Time & Language. Then, click on Language and check the default language. If your default language is not English, you need to add English as a new language.
Step 2: Add English as a New Language
To add English as a new language, go to the Language settings and click on Add a language. Then, select English and choose the English language pack you want to use. Once you have added English as a new language, set it as your default language.
Step 3: Change the System Locale
To fully switch to English, you need to change the system locale. The system locale determines the language used by non-Unicode programs and the language used when displaying text that does not have a language tag. To change the system locale, go to the Control Panel and click on Region. Then, click on Administrative and select Change system locale. Select English (United States) as the new system locale and click OK.
Step 4: Change the Language Settings in Safe Mode
To change the language settings in Safe Mode, you need to modify the registry. To do this, open the Registry Editor and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlMUIUILanguages. Then, delete the language code for your non-English language and leave only the English language code. Save the changes and close the Registry Editor.
Step 5: Restart Your Computer
After making the changes, restart your computer to apply the new language settings. When you enter Safe Mode, you should see the English language interface. If you still see the non-English language, repeat the steps and make sure you have deleted the correct language code from the registry.
Changing the language settings in Windows 10 Pro may not be enough to fully switch to English, especially in Safe Mode. By following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can change the language settings in Safe Mode and fully switch to English. Remember to always backup your registry before making any changes and proceed with caution.
It was a simple process. I downloaded the English version of Windows 10 Pro ISO file and extracted it. After that, I mounted the /sources/install.esd file, which created the install .wim file. Then, I went to the /Windows/System32/Recovery folder and moved the winre.wim file from there to my system.
The process is almost complete. I then opened the command prompt as an administrator and used the following command:
reagentc /setreimage /path C:\windows\system32\recovery
After that one more:
Here is the solution. After completing the previous steps, I restarted my laptop and accessed the RE in Safe Mode, and the language changed to English completely.