Windows Language Packs MUI for Server 2012 and 2008

In this article I’ll cover how to install multilingual language packs for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 2008.
Installing Windows Language Pack

There is also a link to buy WIndows Server 2012 in this post from Amazon if you don’t have it already!

Windows Server 2012 R2

These steps are for Windows Server 2012 R2 however they can implemented similarly for other operating systems. The Language Pack ISO was downloaded from https://www.microsoft.com/OEM/en/installation/downloads/Pages/Windows-Server-2012-Language-Packs.aspx

Preparation

Use 7zip portable to extract the ISO.

There are 23 languages if there are any specific ones then extract just them or if you’d like all the languages to be installed, extract the .img file using 7zip.

Alternate method (One step finish): You can also just copy the img ISO file onto your server. Right click the image inside the customer’s server and “Mount” should be an option that is listed. After you are done, be sure to go to My Computer and unmount that image, and delete the ISO off your server. by doing this you can skip extracting the files. and DO NOT HAVE TO PROCEED ANY FURTHER.

Language Count: 23 Langauges

Estimated time for all language packs: 8:30hrs

The Steps

Connect to the Server

1. Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> RDP (Remote Desktop Connection) -> Local Resources -> Local devices and resources -> More -> Drives -> Select “C:” (or your local drive that has the unzipped folder) -> hit OK and RDP into customer server

2. Click on the “Windows tile” icon (Start button) and click on “This PC” – equivalent to “My Computer” on customer’s server

3. Copy over the unzipped folder titled similarly to “win_svr_2012_r2_64bit_multi_language_lp_oem” to the customer’s desktop.

4. Click on the “Windows tile” icon (Start button) again and search Powershell or Command Prompt (cmd) and launch it

5. In Powershell or Command Prompt (cmd) type in “lpksetup” & hit enter. This should launch a “Install or uninstall display languages” dialog

7. Click on “Browse” to look for the location of the language folder.

8. Select folder “win_svr_2012_r2_64bit_multi_language_lp_oem” on the desktop

9. Then hit OK

10. In the list that appears, manually select all the languages.

11. Hit “Next”

12. Accept the license terms

13. Allow it install, it’ll take some time.

14. Done! You can then set the installed languages one by one or as desired by going to Control Panel -> Add Language -> Add desired language

note: the language that is added and at the top of the list is the primary one.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Preparation and Steps

Microsoft was a lot nicer and provided nice .exe files that customer can do it themselves. Courtesy of the big M https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=1246

If for any reason installation is not possible you can grab the latest ISO from http://download.microsoft.com/download/3/D/A/3DA3C28F-94E1-44E8-9816-293161322EAD/7600.16385.090713-1255_x64fre_server_langpacks_1-GRMSXLP1_DVD.iso

And use a zip utility like 7zip to unzip the ISO file and extract the desired languages and follow above steps from step 3 for 2012.

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Preparation and Steps

This is easy because of an automated installer from Microsoft, grab it below https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=12250

Windows Server 2008 SP2

Preparation and Steps

This is easy because of an automated installer from Microsoft, grab it below http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=3162

Troubleshooting

If a language failed to install: Check Event Viewer -> Windows logs -> System logs and check C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log to see what the error is. Most times the .img ISO has to be extracted again because the specific language (.cab) file was corrupt.

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