Some editions of Windows Vista and Windows 7 let you change the default language used in Start menu, context menu, help content and other areas of the operating system by installing language packs. If you ever tried to change the default language of the operating system, you probably know what’s is a language pack and how to install it.
We have seen many users asking questions about installing language packs in Windows 7, and also the difference between Language Packs and Language Interface Packs (LIPs).
The process installing a language pack in Windows 7 is relatively easy. For your convience, we have provided the step-by-step instructions that you need to follow in order to successfully install Language Packs in Windows 7. In this post, we’re covering the difference between LPs and LIPs.
Language packs vs language interface packs
Language Packs (LPs): Language Packs are available only for Ultimate and Enterprise edition of Windows 7. Language packs provide a translated version of Windows dialog boxes, menu items, and help content. Although there are ways to install Language Packs on Home Premium and Professional editions of Windows 7 with the help of Vistalizator tool, but we don’t recommend it.
Language Interface Packs (LIPs): LIPs are available for all editions (Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate) of Windows 7. But LIPs only translate most common dialog boxes, menu items and help content. Unlike Language Packs LIPs are available to download via Microsoft Download Center. To install a language pack, you need to have the required parent language installed on your PC.
Over 55 language packs are available to download via Microsoft Download Center. You can find the full list of LIPs here.
If you’re on Windows 8, the process of installing a language pack isn’t as simple as it is on Windows 7. Follow our how to install Windows 8 language packs guide to easily change the language in Windows 8.