Cannot Change the Display Language in Windows 11 [Fix]

The display language is the front-end language that users can read and see the contents on the system’s screen. Windows 11 comes up with update releases on a regular basis and but sometimes this causes to change a few things that are not expected.

Many Windows users have noticed a change in the Windows 11 system that they were unable to change their display language. They are not sure why this might be happening.

We suspect this can be due to the recent Windows build installed on the system or the sync settings that have been enabled to remember the preferences over different devices.

Don’t worry if you are facing such a problem while changing the display language. In this article, we have explained a few solutions below which will assist users in resolving this issue and able to change the display language.

Fix 1 – Turn Off the Sync settings

When the language preferences settings are synced across the devices using the Microsoft account, this might create problems in changing the display language. Therefore, we request our users turn off the sync settings using the steps explained below.

Step 1: Press the Windows and I keys to open the Settings page on the system

Step 2: Click the Accounts options on the left panel and then select the Window backup option on the right-hand side of the Settings app page as shown in the below screenshot.


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Step 3: Once the Windows Backup page opens, click on the Remember my preferences option to expand it.


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Step 4: Click its toggle button to enable it. Otherwise, the checkboxes below it will be greyed out.

Step 5: After enabling the toggle button, uncheck the Language preferences checkbox by clicking on it.


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Step 6: Once you uncheck it, click on the Remember my preferences toggle button to turn it Off as shown in the below screenshot.


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Step 7: When you are done, close the Windows Backup page.

Fix 2 – Select a different region

Some display languages are only valid for specific countries. For example, users who have set France as their region can choose the french display language. Therefore, you can try changing the region settings on your system and see if this allows you to change your display language.

Here are the steps on how to do it.

Step 1: Press the Windows key and type language settings on the keyboard.

Step 2: Select the Language settings system settings option on the search results page as shown in the below screenshot.


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Step 3: This opens the Language & region page on the system.

Step 4: Scroll down this page to the Region section.

Step 5: Now click the dropdown option of Country or region.


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Step 6: Next, choose the appropriate country or region from the list.


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Step 7: Scroll down the page to the Related settings section and click the Administrative language settings option as shown below.


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Step 8: In the Region window, ensure you are on the Administrative tab and click Change system locale.


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Step 9: In the Region Settings window, click on the Beta: Unicode UTF-8 for worldwide language support checkbox to check it as shown below.

Step 10: Then click OK.


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Step 11: After that close the page and try to change the display language on your system.

Fix 3 – Install a language pack and set it as Display Language


Step 1: Press the Windows key on the keyboard and type language settings.

Step 2: Click Language settings from the search results as shown in the below screenshot.


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Step 3: On the Language & region page, click the Add a language button from the Preferred languages section at the top.


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Step 4: This pops up a small window called Choose a language to install.

Step 5:  Now type the language name in the search bar which is at the top of the window.

Step 6: This searches for the language you entered in the search bar and displays them.

Step 7: Select your language and click Next.


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Step 8: Choose all the Optional features and Required language features checkboxes and then click Install.


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Step 9: This starts installing the language pack with the optional features the user had selected.

Step 10: After the language pack is installed, please restart your system for the changes to take effect.

Fix 4 – Go back to your previous Windows build version

If this problem has been raised on your system after the recent Windows build upgrade, then you can anytime revert it back and go to the previous build version of the Windows system.

To do so, follow the steps explained below.

Step 1: Press the Windows key and type recovery options.

Step 2: Then select the Recovery options system settings from the search results as shown in the below screenshot.


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Step 3: Now once the recovery page opens, go to the section called Recovery options.

Step 4: Here you will find an option Go back.

Step 5: Simply click Go back and follow the onscreen instructions to revert back to the previous version and uninstall the latest updates.


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Step 6: After you have successfully done it, you can now easily change the display language on your system.

Fix 5 – Clean Install Windows again

If none of the methods above helped in resolving this issue, we suggest our users try clean installing the Windows system again. Many Windows users have expressed that they were able to fix this issue by doing Windows 11 clean install on their system.