SCCM Task Sequence Windows 10 Language Pack’s Install

On a recent project there was a requirement to install different language pack’s and configure regional / keyboard settings. I was having issue getting this working so I though I would do a post on how I ended up getting it working correctly.

To skip the OOBE initial setup screen we can use a unattended XML answer file. I have done a different post for creating a basic answer file see link below.

https://thesleepyadmins.com/2019/05/31/create-windows-10-answer-file/

If this is not setup you will be prompted to complete the initial Windows 10 setup along with selecting the language settings.

The next problem I had was trying to find the language packs I ended up downloading the language pack ISO from the Microsoft visual studio site.

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Once downloaded I need to mount the ISO and copy the required lp3

Once all the required language packs where copied. Create a new packages for each packlp4lp5lp6lp7lp8

The next step is to configure the XML file’s that will be used to configure the regional and keyboard settings for each language pack. I used this support how to as a reference for the XML:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-ie/help/2764405/how-to-automate-regional-and-language-settings-in-windows-vista-window

Below is the XML file that was used for the German language pack:

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Below is the export from the above XML file: (Check double quotes if coping as the format can change when coping and that will cause issues)

<gs:GlobalizationServices xmlns:gs=”urn:longhornGlobalizationUnattend”>

<!– user list –>
<gs:UserList>
<gs:User UserID=”Current” CopySettingsToDefaultUserAcct=”true” CopySettingsToSystemAcct=”true”/>
</gs:UserList>

<!– system locale –>
<gs:SystemLocale Name=”de-DE”/>

<!–User Locale–>
<gs:UserLocale>
<gs:Locale Name=”de-DE” SetAsCurrent=”true” ResetAllSettings=”false”/>
</gs:UserLocale>

<!–location–>
<gs:LocationPreferences>
<gs:GeoID Value=”94″/>
</gs:LocationPreferences>

<!– input preferences –>
<gs:InputPreferences>
<gs:InputLanguageID Action=”add” ID=”0407:00000407″ Default=”true”/>
<gs:InputLanguageID Action=”remove” ID=”0409:00000409″/>
</gs:InputPreferences>

</gs:GlobalizationServices>

I used the below sites to get the GEO ID & the Input Locales

GEO ID : https://docs.microsoft.com/en-ie/windows/desktop/Intl/table-of-geographical-locations

Input Locales: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/manufacture/desktop/default-input-locales-for-windows-language-packs

Once we have all the language packs completed create a single package with all the XML’s file’s or add the XML’s to the Language packages created above. I went with one package for all the XML’slp15

Next step is to add the steps to the Windows 10 task sequence

Add a run command line task, use the command below and replace with the required language pack .cab file. Select the corresponding package.

Below is for the german .cab

dism.exe /norestart /online /add-package /packagepath:.\Microsoft-Windows-Client-Language-Pack_x64_de-de(German).cablp10

After this step add a restart task lp12

Next step is to apply the XML file’s to set the regional / Keyboard settings. Below is the command line I used

rundll32.exe shell32,Control_RunDLL intl.cpl,,/f:”.\German.xml”

When copying the command above check that the double quotes are in the correct format or the command could fail to apply the xml fileLP13

After this step do another restart, the last step I did was to configure time zone for each region. I used the below site to get the time zone values

Time Zone Values: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/973627/microsoft-time-zone-index-values

Below is the command line to set the time zones

cmd.exe /c tzutil.exe /s “W. Europe Standard Time”lp14

Below is the finished task sequence with all languages addedlp17

Last step was to set a condition to apply each package. I used host name as the condition to apply the language packs as each country has its own naming convention this was the easiest way for melp16

Once this is competed I tested and all packages were applied without error.

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5 thoughts on “SCCM Task Sequence Windows 10 Language Pack’s Install

  1. Thanks for this – a couple of questions though: you create one XML file per language pack, put them all in the same folder and then create one package that will download all XML files and depending on the selection that is made, the correct language will be set once ready.

    Will that remove the en-Us language, or will that stay so support can easily change between users native language and English for support reasons.

    Looking forward for your answers.

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    1. Hi Bert

      I just created one package with all the xml files and then base on the computer name run the command for that language. I have done it slightly different in another project where I just add the xml file to the package that has the language pack cab and then use that package when running the command. Either will work just depend on your preference.

      I am using the English US version ISO so English is the default language and will still able to be selected as a language in the windows settings.

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  2. Hi,

    thank you very much for the article. Thats exactly what i need. I only get the OOBE initial setup screen. Would it be possible to share your unattended XML answer file?

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      1. Thanks your very much.

        I set the languagessettings and the the timezone in a powershell task. I think thats a little bit smarter, because you do not have to create the xml files for every language.

        #Current Time Zone
        #[TimeZoneInfo]::Local

        #Read devicename and save it to a variable
        $DeviceName = $env:computername
        $DeviceLand = $DeviceName.substring(0,2)

        #Set the time zone according to the device name
        switch ($DeviceLand)
        {
        CH {$TimeZone = “W. Europe Standard Time”
        Set-Culture de-CH
        Set-WinSystemLocale de-CH
        Set-WinHomeLocation -GeoId 0xdf
        Set-WinUserLanguageList de-CH -force
        Set-WinSystemLocale de-CH
        Set-WinUILanguageOverride de-CH
        Set-WinDefaultInputMethodOverride “0807:00000807”
        }

        DE {$TimeZone = “W. Europe Standard Time”
        Set-Culture de-DE
        Set-WinSystemLocale de-DE
        Set-WinHomeLocation -GeoId 0x5e
        Set-WinUserLanguageList de-DE -force
        Set-WinSystemLocale de-DE
        Set-WinUILanguageOverride de-DE
        Set-WinDefaultInputMethodOverride “0407:00000407”
        }
        PL {$TimeZone = “Central European Standard Time”
        Set-Culture pl-PL
        Set-WinSystemLocale pl-PL
        Set-WinHomeLocation -GeoId 0xbf
        Set-WinUserLanguageList pl-PL -force
        Set-WinSystemLocale pl-PL
        Set-WinUILanguageOverride pl-PL
        Set-WinDefaultInputMethodOverride “0415:00000415”
        }
        IE {$TimeZone = “GMT Standard Time”
        Set-Culture en-GB
        Set-WinSystemLocale en-GB
        Set-WinHomeLocation -GeoId 0xf2
        Set-WinUserLanguageList en-GB -force
        Set-WinSystemLocale en-GB
        Set-WinUILanguageOverride en-GB
        Set-WinDefaultInputMethodOverride “0809:00000809”
        }

        GB {$TimeZone = “GMT Standard Time”
        Set-Culture en-GB
        Set-WinSystemLocale en-GB
        Set-WinHomeLocation -GeoId 0xf2
        Set-WinUserLanguageList en-GB -force
        Set-WinSystemLocale en-GB
        Set-WinUILanguageOverride en-GB
        Set-WinDefaultInputMethodOverride “0809:00000809”

        }

        FR {$TimeZone = “W. Europe Standard Time”
        Set-Culture fr-FR
        Set-WinSystemLocale fr-FR
        Set-WinHomeLocation -GeoId 0x54
        Set-WinUserLanguageList fr-FR -force
        Set-WinSystemLocale fr-FR
        Set-WinUILanguageOverride fr-FR
        Set-WinDefaultInputMethodOverride “040C:0000040C”
        }

        SV {$TimeZone = “W. Europe Standard Time”
        Set-Culture sv-SE
        Set-WinSystemLocale sv-SE
        Set-WinHomeLocation -GeoId 0xdd
        Set-WinUserLanguageList sv-SE -force
        Set-WinSystemLocale sv-SE
        Set-WinUILanguageOverride sv-SE
        Set-WinDefaultInputMethodOverride “041D:0000041D”
        }

        default {$TimeZone = “GMT Standard Time”}

        }

        tzutil.exe /s $TimeZone

        #Show message saying the time zone was set
        #[System.Windows.Forms.MessageBox]::Show(“Time Zone ‘$TimeZone’ has been set”,” OS Deployment”,0)
        control.exe “intl.cpl,,/f:`”.\copysettings.xml`””
        exit 0

        —————

        copysettings.xml:

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