Regional and Language Options

The Regional and Language Options component controls the default user's language settings and geographical location. You can configure the following settings for the default user account that is created on the target run-time by using the following components:

  1. User interface language

    This setting specifies the language that is used by menus and dialog boxes in Windows. If you add only the English Language Support component, English will be the only available language. As you add other language support components that have corresponding MUI language resources, more languages will be available. For example, if you select Japanese in this list box, your start screen, the shell, and other Windows features will display menus and dialogs in Japanese.

  2. Standards and formats

    This setting specifies the standards and formats that are used by the default user of the run-time image, such as the currency unit, date and time format, and digit separator.

  3. Default Input language

    This setting specifies the default keyboard layout to be used to interpret the characters the user enters.

  4. Language for non-Unicode programs

    This setting specifies the code page that is used for non-Unicode programs when they run on the target run-time image. This is a system-wide setting and affects all users. Also, the choice for this list box is limited to the set of languages that are compatible with the user interface language setting.

  5. Geographical location

    This setting specifies the current location of the target run-time image.

The settings for this component will be applied to the target run-time image, and because these are settings for the default user template, any new users created at run time will inherit these settings.


This component is not associated with any services.

Associated Components

The Regional and Language Settings component interacts with the configuration to set the global language related extended properties. Other language support components, for example the Japanese Language Support component, read these extended properties and configure themselves accordingly during the target run-time build process.


The following table describes the configurable settings for this component.

User interface languageLanguage to use in menus and dialogs for the default user
Standards and formatsStandards and formats to be used by the default user
Default input languageKeyboard layout to be used by the default user
Language for non-Unicode programsSystem-wide code page to be used by non-Unicode programs
Geographical locationPhysical location of the device

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