Windows 8 RTM: "A language pack isn't available"

Friday, August 17, 2012 05:44 UTC | Published by John Bergdahl

If you try to add an additional language pack in Windows 8 RTM, you might see the following message in the control panel: "A language pack isn't available". In the same place, Windows 7 would show a download link. So I'm guessing this is a temporary condition, as Windows 8 is not slated for general availability until October 26.

Still, there is a way to install language packs right now, as long as you have access to MSDN Subscriber Downloads. And if you are already using Windows 8 RTM, there's a pretty good chance that you do.

We start with the steps to install a language pack in Windows 8 that you would normally follow

1. Open the Control Panel.

2. Under Clock, Language and Region, click Add a language.

3. Click Options next to the language for which you want to add a language pack.

4. It says "A language pack isn't available". But we can download language packs from MSDN Subscriber Downloads instead.

5. In MSDN Subscriber Downloads, navigate to Windows 8. Browse the list of downloads until you find Windows 8 Language Pack (x64) - DVD (Multiple Languages), or the x86 version respectively. Download it.

6. When the file is downloaded, right click it in File Explorer, and select Mount. Now you can access it as a virtual CD drive.

7. Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog.

8. Type lpksetup and press Enter.

9. Click Browse, and find the language file that you want to install from the virtual CD. Then click Next and follow the instructions.

10. When the installation is done, you can go back to the Control Panel. It should now look something like this.

Now you are done.



Hello world!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 18:52 UTC | Published by John Bergdahl

I will use this blog to document some of the progress of implementing this website itself, as well as some of the apps that I'm developing.

The blog still only has very basic functionality. Like the site itself, the blog will evolve over time. I implemented it using Windows Azure table storage to store the blog posts. The site itself is also hosted in Windows Azure.

For comments, I'm using Disqus. Integrating Disqus with the blog was really simple. It was done in a matter of minutes.

For editing the blog posts (not visible to the public), I chose WYSIHTML5, which is a rich text editor that is based on HTML 5. It's fast and lightweight, and has all the features that I need. It's also very easy to integrate and customize.