How to change the display language on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016

Servers you order at Contabo will be installed in English language by default. If you want to change the display language the following guide will help you to perform this on your Windows Server step-by-step.

Please log in to your server via RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol), enter the control panel, and click on „Add a language“.


An overview of currently installed languages appears.


By clicking on „Add a language“, you will be redirected to the full list of available languages.


Choose the desired display language and click on „Add“. The chosen language will be shown in your language overview now. In our example German has been added.


The language on top of this list will be the default one. Move your desired display language to the top position and click on „Options“. Windows will check the availability of the language pack automatically and afterwards you can click „Download and install language pack“. Once the installation has finished, you will see the message “Installation complete”.


You can now reboot your server to activate the changes for your local user or you can apply the language changes for the welcome screen and new user accounts as well.

In order to apply the language changes system-wide for your welcome screen and new user accounts, please switch to the language overview again and click on „Advanced settings“. Now select „Apply language settings to the welcome screen, system accounts, and new user accounts“.


In the menu which will open up next, please click on “Copy settings” and activate the checkboxes for copying your language settings to „Welcome screen and system account“ and / or to „New user accounts“:


After saving these settings, Windows will ask for a reboot which will complete the process of changing the language system-wide.

  • Thanks a millio !
    I was struggling with this and your post helped a lot !

  • Hello Patrick,
    You’re welcome! Great to hear that we could be of assistance 🙂

    Have a nice day,

  • After these changes, i still have a lot of infos displayed in english and not in french.
    IE, when i want to add a functionality, all functionalities are in english.

    Any guess ?

  • Hello Patrick,
    We are not sure, you may however get in touch with our customer support team so that they can further look into this (assuming you have a server hosted with us).

    Thanks and have a nice day,

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