Restricts the UI languages Windows should use for the selected user

This policy setting restricts the Windows UI language for specific users.

This policy setting applies to computers with more than one UI language installed.

If you enable this policy setting, the UI language of Windows menus and dialogs for systems with more than one language is restricted to a specified language for the selected user. If the specified language is not installed on the target computer or you disable this policy setting, the language selection defaults to the language selected by the user.

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, there is no restriction on which language users should use.

To enable this policy setting in Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, or Windows 2000, to use the "Restrict selection of Windows menus and dialogs language" policy setting.

Supported on: At least Windows Vista
Restrict users to the following language:


  1. English
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valueen-US
  2. Japanese
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valueja-JP
  3. Korean
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valueko-KR
  4. German
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valuede-DE
  5. Simplified Chinese
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valuezh-CN
  6. Traditional Chinese (Taiwan)
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valuezh-TW
  7. French
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valuefr-FR
  8. Spanish
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valuees-ES
  9. Italian
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valueit-IT
  10. Swedish
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valuesv-SE
  11. Dutch
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valuenl-NL
  12. Portuguese (Brazil)
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valuept-BR
  13. Finnish
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valuefi-FI
  14. Norwegian
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valuenb-NO
  15. Danish
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valueda-DK
  16. Hungarian
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valuehu-HU
  17. Polish
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valuepl-PL
  18. Russian
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valueru-RU
  19. Czech
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valuecs-CZ
  20. Greek
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valueel-GR
  21. Portuguese (Portugal)
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valuept-PT
  22. Turkish
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valuetr-TR
  23. Arabic
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valuear-SA
  24. Hebrew
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valuehe-IL
  25. Slovak
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valuesk-SK
  26. Slovenian
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valuesl-SI
  27. Romanian
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valuero-RO
  28. Croatian
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valuehr-HR
  29. Bulgarian
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valuebg-BG
  30. Estonian
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valueet-EE
  31. Lithuanian
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valuelt-LT
  32. Latvian
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valuelv-LV
  33. Thai
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valueth-TH
  34. Traditional Chinese (Hong Kong)
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valuezh-HK
  35. Serbian (Latin)
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valuesr-Latn-CS
  36. Ukrainian
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\Desktop
    Value NamePreferredUILanguages
    Value TypeREG_SZ
    Valueuk-UA


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