Is Windows 10 showing the wrong country or region? Follow these simple steps to change the country in Windows 10 via the Settings app.
While installing Windows, you are asked to choose a country as part of the initial setup procedure and general profile details. Windows 10 then uses the country you chose while installing as the default region and makes it a basis to set the current time zone, date, and time. For example, if you set Japan as your country, Windows will set the date and time, and time zone accordingly. Not only the date and time but the keyboard layout, language, geo-locked store apps, etc., are all dependent on the country you set.
In general, most people never need to modify the Windows 10 country settings. However, there might be times when you need to change the country in Windows 10. For example, if you chose the wrong country while setting up or if you moved or moving to a different country, it is important that you change the country details.
In this quick and straightforward guide, let me show you the steps to change the country in Windows 10 using the Settings app.
Steps to change country in Windows 10
You can change the country or region in Windows 10 from the Settings app. Here’s how you can do it.
- Open Settings.
- Go to the “Time & Language”.
- Select the “Region” tab.
- Select your country from the “Country or region” dropdown menu.
First, open the Windows 10 Settings. Either press the “Windows key + I” keyboard shortcut or search for “Settings” in the Start menu.
After opening the Settings app, go to the “Time & Language → Region” page. This is where you can change the country in Windows 10. On the right panel, select the country of your choice from the “Country or region” dropdown menu.
The settings are automatically saved. You can safely close the Settings app. If you want to, you can also change the “Regional format” to the one you want. This option is responsible for showing proper currency symbols, date and time format, etc.
Though this change doesn’t require a restart, if some app still does not recognize the country change, you might have to restart the system.
Command to change country in Windows
The Windows PowerShell lets you change the country with a single command. All you have to do is set the country ID in the command and execute it. Here’s how.
- Search for PowerShell in the Start menu.
- Right-click on the PowerShell and select “Run as administrator.”
- In the PowerShell, execute the below command. Don’t forget to replace “GEO_ID” with the actual geo ID.
Set-WinHomeLocation -GeoID GEO_ID
List of country Geo IDs from Microsoft docs. You will find the Geo ID under the “Geographical location identifier (decimal)” column.
That is all. It is that simple to change country in Windows 10. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.