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How do I view and change the system locale settings to use my language of choice?

This article applies to:
  • Platform(s): Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP, Windows 10
  • Java version(s): 6.0


Java displays in an incorrect language.


The system locale is not set to use the language of choice.


View the System Locale settings for Windows
Note: You must be logged in with an account that has Administrative Privileges.
  1. Click Start > Control Panel.
  2. Windows 7 and Vista: Click Clock, Language and Region > Region and Language.
    Windows XP: Double click the Regional and Language Options icon.
    The Regional and Language Options dialog box appears.
  3. Windows 7: Click the Administrative tab.
    Windows XP and Vista: Click the Advanced tab.
    (If there is no Advanced tab, then you are not logged in with administrative privileges.)
  4. Under the Language for non-Unicode programs section, select the desired language from the drop down menu.
Select desired language

  1. Click OK.
    The system displays a dialog box asking whether to use existing files or to install from the operating system CD. Ensure that you have the CD ready.
  2. Follow the guided instructions to install the files.
  3. Restart the computer after the installation is complete.


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