Language Pack not usable in Windows 8.1
“Hi Wally, I have an Asus x202e laptop that originally came with windows 8 installed. It had the Japanese version of Windows 8 so I got it switched to English. But when I upgraded to Windows 8.1, it switched to Japanese again. It says that the language pack is not usable. I can’t switch it back to English now, what should I do??” – Marcus Y., USA
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Wally’s Answer: It seems many people who have bought their laptops from a foreign country are facing the same problem regarding the language packs. Even when you change the language pack in Windows 8, after upgrading to Windows 8.1 you start getting the “language pack not usable” error. Luckily this problem is very easy to solve.
The Language Pack not usable error
This error usually only appears when you upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 on a computer that originally came with Windows 8 installed in a different language other than the one you want.
Upgrading to Windows 8.1 usually causes this problem.
The solution is simple. All you have to do is to install the Windows 8.1 MUI (Multilingual Interface). It’s just like downloading and installing a program on your computer. Just download the file, rename it to LP.mlc, and double-click it to install it. Check your computer’s system menu to see if you have 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 8.1 installed on your computer.
Just press the Windows key, and start typing system. Click System and you’ll find what type of operating system you have under System Type. If you are using Windows RT, swipe from the right side of the screen and tap Search on the charms bar to get to the search bar.
After installing the Windows 8.1 MUI file, rename the downloaded file to LP.mlc and start the installation by double-clicking the downloaded file. If the language you were looking for was not included in the above list, see the instructions below.
After Installing the MUI
If the problem persists even after installing the MUI, and you still see the language pack not usable message, then make sure that the language pack is set as primary.
Click on your desired language and click Move up to make it the main Windows 8.1 language. (here you can also use the Add a language option to add any new language pack if it was not available in the above list).
Finally, log-out and log-in or restart your computer for the changes to take place.
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