How to Change Display Language Chinese to English in Windows 10

If you recently bought a Chinese laptop or if you’ve accidentally changed the default Windows 10 display language to Chinese you will see that the entire Windows system will use the Chinese language for all its options and features. If you know Chinese, then it is not a problem. But if you don’t know Chinese, using the laptop in an unknown language is very hard. Moreover, since you cannot tell one option from another, it can be quite hard to even change the display language.

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The good thing is, you can easily change Windows 10 display language from Chinese to English with just a few clicks. The major hurdle in changing language is finding the relevant settings page in the Settings app. Thankfully, almost every page in the Settings app has its own URI. What this means is that you can use the URI in the Run dialog box to open the target settings page without guesswork.

Do keep in mind that when you add additional languages in Windows 10, it might also increase the reserved storage. If you don’t want that, you can easily disable reserved storage on Windows 10.

Windows 10 needs to download the English language pack. So, make sure that you are connected to the internet. Also, you need to reboot your system to complete the procedure. So save your work and close all applications before going through the below procedure.

Change Windows 10 Display Language from Chinese to English

As I said before, even if you don’t know a sliver of Chinese and can’t understand what different settings in the Settings app mean, you can easily change the display language from Chinese to English.

1. Windows 10 has a built-in Settings URI (Uniform Resource Identifier) scheme that can be used to launch almost any Settings app page. So, press Win + R, copy and paste ms-settings:regionlanguage in the blank field and press Enter. This URI will directly open the language options page in the Settings app.

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2. On the right-panel, click on the “+” button.

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3. You will see a list of all languages supported by Windows 10. Since your keyboard is configured to type Chinese, you cannot use the search bar. So, manually scroll down in the language list until you see “English” and select it. In my case, I’m selecting “English (United States)” option. Next, click on the bottom-left or first button (refer to the image below).

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4. Select all available checkboxes in this screen and click on the bottom-left or first button (refer to the image below).

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5. Windows 10 now starts to download the language pack.

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6. After the downloading is complete, this is how it looks like in the settings app.

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7. To make the changes take effect, you need to reboot Windows 10. To do that, right-click on the start menu, expand the last but one menu, and select the last option. The last option is the “Restart” button. It is conveniently denoted with the letter R.

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8. As soon as you select the option, Windows 10 will reboot.

9. After restarting, you should see that Windows 10 now has English as the default display language.

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That is it. It is that simple to change Windows 10 display language from Chinese to English. You can follow the same exact steps above to change display language from any language to any other language.

If you like this article, do check out how to change time format from 24-hours to 12-hours, and how to change account picture in Windows 10.

11 thoughts on “How to Change Display Language Chinese to English in Windows 10”

  1. Avatar for Liam

    I just recently bought a laptop from China and have been trying to change the display language. I did almost everything you detailed in the tutorial but it didn’t work completely. Some things changed but the settings and display were still in Chinese. I backtracked and realized that in steps 3-4 that my laptop did not show the ‘A’ sign with the Chinese character on top like yours. Could this be my problem? How do I fix it? What do I do now?

    1. Avatar for Bashkarla

      I just tried it on my end and it worked just fine. The “A” sign signifies the Display Language. Almost all English variations support the Display Language.

      Sometimes, the language needs to be fully downloaded. Maybe update your system, reboot and try again. Don’t forget to select the first checkbox in Step 4 and set it as the preferred language as shown in Step 6.

  2. Avatar for Doug

    Works well on my system I followed instructions exactly and waited for the download to finish, I can now see english language, although it’s the Australian version but it works just fine. Thanks so much!

  3. Avatar for Raymond

    My computer doesn’t have the option to install the language as the Windows Display language… Where do i go from here? I’m using Windows 10 pro. A friend I have said he had to but another version of windows 10 pro in English off of Amazon in order to get English on his Chinese computer. Any suggestions?

    1. Avatar for Bashkarla

      If you are using Windows 10 Home Single language edition then I don’t think it is possible to change the display languages.

      One tip I can give you is that download the Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft in the language of your choice and reinstall the operating system using that OS. Generally, you can should be able to use the license key you already have to activate Windows 10.

      If that fails, you might have to buy the Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Home without any language restrictions.

      https://windowsloop.com/download-windows-10-iso-free/

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