Add Multilingual Support to Windows Setup

Updated: October 20, 2013

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

This walkthrough provides steps for creating multilingual installations and distributable media.

In this topic:

To complete this walkthrough, you need the following:

  • A technician computer that has the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) installed.

  • Windows product DVD.

In this step, you copy the contents of your Windows product media to a local hard drive. You must use the Windows media that corresponds to the version of the customized image that you are building. For example, if you are building a custom Windows® 8 setup image, you must use the original Windows 8 product media.

  • On your technician computer, create a new directory for your Windows distribution and copy the Windows media content to that directory. For example:

    
    md C:\my_distribution
    xcopy D: C:\my_distribution
    md C:\mount\boot 
    md C:\mount\windows
    
    

    Where D: is the location of the Windows product media.

In this step, you add language support and the Windows Setup optional components to the second image (index 2) in the default Boot.wim.

  1. On your technician computer: Click Start, and type deployment. Right-click Deployment and Imaging Tools Environment and then select Run as administrator.

  2. Mount the second image (index 2) in Boot.wim to a local mount directory using the Dism /Mount-Image command. For example:

    Dism /mount-image /imagefile:C:\my_distribution\sources\boot.wim /index:2 /mountdir:C:\Mount\boot
    
  3. Add Windows PE Setup optional component and language packs into your mounted image using the Dism /Add-Package command for each language you want to support.

    Windows PE language packs are available in the Windows ADK.

    For example:

    
    
    Dism /image:C:\mount\boot /add-package /packagepath:"C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.0\Assessment and Deployment Kit\Windows Preinstallation Environment\amd64\WinPE_OCs\fr-fr\lp.cab"
    
    Dism /image:C:\mount\boot /add-package /packagepath:"C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.0\Assessment and Deployment Kit\Windows Preinstallation Environment\amd64\WinPE_OCs\fr-fr\WinPE-Setup_fr-fr.cab"
    
    Dism /image:C:\mount\boot /add-package /packagepath:"C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.0\Assessment and Deployment Kit\Windows Preinstallation Environment\amd64\WinPE_OCs\fr-fr\WinPE-Setup-Client_fr-fr.cab"
    
    
    
    ImportantImportant
    For Windows Server® 2012, you must use the WinPE-Setup-Server optional component and associated language pack.

  4. For Japanese (ja-JP), Korean (ko-KR), and Chinese (zh-HK, zh-CN, zh-TW), you must add additional font support to your image. For example, to add Japanese font support, enter the following command.

    
    Dism /image:C:\mount\boot /add-package /packagepath:"C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.0\Assessment and Deployment Kit\Windows Preinstallation Environment\amd64\WinPE_OCs\WinPE-FontSupport-JA-JP.cab"
    
  5. Recreate the Lang.ini file to reflect the additional language support using the Dism /Gen-LangINI command.

    Dism /image:C:\mount\boot /gen-langINI /distribution:C:\my_distribution
    
  6. Change the Windows Setup default language by using DISM. For example,

    Dism /image:C:\mount\boot /Set-SetupUILang:fr-FR /distribution:C:\windows_distribution
    

    For more information about specifying different international settings for input locale, and other items see DISM Languages and International Servicing Command-Line Options.

  7. Save your changes back into the image using the Dism /Unmount–Image /Commit command.

    Dism /unmount-image /mountdir:C:\mount\boot /commit
    

If you added font support for Japanese (ja-JP), Korean (ko-KR), or Chinese (zh-HK, zh-CN, zh-TW) to the default boot.wim image, you must also add font support to the first image (index 1) in the Boot.wim file.

  1. On your technician computer: Click Start, and type deployment. Right-click Deployment and Imaging Tools Environment and then select Run as administrator.

  2. Use the Dism /Mount-Image command to mount the first image (index 1) in the Boot.wim file to a local mount directory. For example:

    Md C:\mount\boot1
    Dism /mount-image /imagefile:C:\my_distribution\sources\boot.wim /index:1 /mountdir:C:\Mount\boot1
    
  3. Add the same font support you added to the boot.wim default boot image in the previous step. For example, to add Japanese font support, enter the following command.

    
    Dism /image:C:\mount\boot1 /add-package /packagepath:"C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.0\Assessment and Deployment Kit\Windows Preinstallation Environment\amd64\WinPE_OCs\WinPE-FontSupport-JA-JP.cab"
    
  4. Save your changes back into the image using the Dism /Unmount-Image /Commit command.

    Dism /unmount-image /mountdir:C:\mount\boot1 /commit
    

You must add the same language support to your Windows image file, Install.wim, as you did for the Boot.wim file. The setup process requires that both images contain the same set of language packs. For more information, see Add and Remove Language Packs Offline Using DISM.

  1. Mount the Windows image by using DISM

    Dism /mount-image /imagefile:"C:\my_distribution\sources\install.wim" /index: 1 /mountdir:"C:\mount\windows"
    

    Where 1 is the index of the image that you want to mount.

    Add one or more language packs to the Windows image.

    Dism /image:C:\mount\windows /add-package /packagepath:"C:\LanguagePacks\fr-FR\lp.cab" 
    
    

The same set of languages must also be added to the Windows Recovery Environment image (winre.wim). For more information, see Customize Windows RE.

In this step you copy the language-specific Setup resources from each language specific Windows distribution to the Sources folder in your Windows distribution. For example, insert the Windows DVD for Fr-FR in your DVD drive (E:) and copy the Fr-FR sources folder to your Windows distribution.

  1. Copy the localized Windows setup files to your Windows distribution.

    xcopy E:\sources\fr-fr C:\my_distribution\sources\fr-fr /cherkyi 
    
    

    Where E: is the location of the Windows distribution that contains the localized Windows Setup resources.

In this step you recreate the Lang.ini file and specify the default language settings.

  1. Recreate the Lang.ini file to reflect the additional language using the Dism /Gen-LangINI command.

    Dism /image:C:\mount\windows /gen-langINI /distribution:C:\my_distribution
    
  2. Change the Windows Setup default language by using DISM. For example,

    Dism /image:C:\mount\windows /Set-SetupUILang:fr-FR /distribution:C:\my_distribution
    

    For more information about specifying different international settings for input locale, and other items see DISM Languages and International Servicing Command-Line Options.

  3. Copy the lang.ini file in the Windows distribution to the boot.wim file.

    Xcopy C:\my_distribution\sources\lang.ini C:\mount\boot\sources\lang.ini
    

In this step you commit the changes to all of the Windows images you have updated

  1. Use DISM to unmount and commit the changes to the Windows images.

    Dism /unmount-image /mountdir:C:\mount\boot /commit 
    Dism /unmount-image /mountdir:C:\mount\windows /commit
    

In this step, you create a boot order file. Due to the size of the image, you must do so before you create an .iso file.

  1. Create a boot order file (Bootorder.txt). For example:

    Oscdimg -m -n -yoC:\temp\bootOrder.txt -bC:\winpe_amd64\Efisys.bin C:\winpe_amd64\winpeamd64.iso
    

    where Bootorder.txt contains the following list of files:

    
    boot\bcd
    boot\boot.sdi
    boot\bootfix.bin
    boot\bootsect.exe
    boot\etfsboot.com
    boot\memtest.efi
    boot\memtest.exe
    boot\en-us\bootsect.exe.mui
    boot\fonts\chs_boot.ttf
    boot\fonts\cht_boot.ttf
    boot\fonts\jpn_boot.ttf
    boot\fonts\kor_boot.ttf
    boot\fonts\wgl4_boot.ttf
    sources\boot.wim
    
    

You can now use the multilingual image to create media for distribution. To create bootable media such as a USB flash drive, see WinPE: Create USB Bootable drive. You can also create a bootable CD or DVD. However, due to the size of a multilingual image, you must first create a boot order file before you create a bootable image (.iso) file on CD or DVD. For more information, see Oscdimg Command-Line Options.

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