How to Change the Windows XP OS Language

By Mare Reyes

If your Windows XP is not in the language you would otherwise prefer, you should change it. And given that your computer out of the box is already capable of switching between all the world's major languages, and numerous dialects within a single language, you will not need to download anything, or even contact technical support. Changing the language on your Windows XP should be easy and take you no more than a few minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Windows XP operating system

Adjusting Windows XP Language Settings

Step 1

Click on the green start menu in the bottom left hand corner of the screen. It should have the Windows logo icon.

Step 2

Locate the "Control Panel" on the right frame of the menu. If you cannot read the language your computer is in, the icon should be a pencil and clipboard with a check mark on it sixth up from the bottom. Click this "Control Panel" icon.

Step 3

Find and click "Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options". It should be the icon of a world and a calendar located in the right-hand column, third from the top.

Step 4

Click the Control Panel icon "Regional and Language Options" which has an icon of a globe. This will open a its own explorer window.

Step 5

Select the second tab to the right in the new explorer window (in English this should be titled "Languages").

Step 6

Click the first and only button in the white frame. In English this is labeled "Details." This will open a new explorer window.

Step 7

Click the first button on the middle right side of the window, in English this is titled "Add," and from the new windows that open, select your language from the two pull down menus. Press "OK" on all the explorer windows one by one, and you will be prompted to restart your computer. Do this, and your computer should now be oriented to the language you prefer.

Tips & Warnings

  • By following these steps, your computer will now utilize the language you selected. While this is lasting, it is not irrevocable. You may change it to another language by following the same steps again.