Language packs are helpful to view menus, wizards, dialog boxes, and other user interface items in your preferred language. Language packs for Windows contain resources required to translate some or all part of user interface into a specific language. For instance, when you install and set Arabic as your default language, you will see menus, Start screen text, and many other elements of user interface in Arabic.
In Windows 7, one could install language packs only in Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions. But in Windows 8, you can install language packs on all editions without a problem.
The only catch is that Microsoft isn’t providing direct download links to Windows 8 language packs. One needs to use the Control Panel to download and install language packs. At present, there are over 120 language packs available for Windows 8. As we mentioned earlier, you need to use the Control Panel to download and install language packs in Windows 8.
Complete the given below instructions to install a language pack in Windows 8:
Step 1: Switch to the Start screen, type add a language, choose Settings, and then click Add a language to open Language Control Panel.
Step 2: Here, click Add a language button and browse to the language that you want to add and then double-click on the language you want to add.
Step 3: Click on the Options link next to the language name to see if the language pack is available for download. If it’s available, you will see “A language pack is available for download”.
Click Download and install language pack to start installing the new language pack. Depending on the size of language pack, it might take a while to complete the installation.
If you want to set the newly installed language pack as your default language, you need to follow two more steps.
Step 4: Once Windows completes the installation of the language pack, in the Language Control Panel, move up the language pack until the language is at the top of the list. For instance, you just installed Arabic language pack and want to set it your primary language, you need to move Arabic language pack to the top of the list.
Step 5: Sign out and sign back in to set the new language pack as your default one.
Please note that you need to install a separate language pack for Microsoft Office, and Windows language pack doesn’t help you translate the UI of third-party programs.