Remove a language from Windows Vista

If you have Windows Vista with MUI language DVD, then no matter which language you select at the time of setup, other languages will be installed on your folder. This creates a mess on your hard disk. For example, I have an English + Russian Vista DVD and even if I choose English at the time of setup, it still installs Russian language pack. You can see ru-Ru folders all over the hard disk. Good thing is you can get rid of these extra languages by removing those languages from the Control Panel by following these steps :

  1. Open Start Menu → Control Panel.
  2. In Control Panel, click on Clock, Language and Region then click on Install or uninstall display languages under the category Regional and Language options.

    Remove Language from Windows Vista

  3. In the window that pops up, select the language or languages that you want to remove. A language with yellow warning sign before is your default language and you cannot remove it. In the following example, I am removing Russian language. Click Next to proceed.

    Remove Language from Windows Vista

  4. In the next dialog, you will be shown which languages are going to be removed. Click Remove to proceed. You would see Windows removing the selected languages as shown. This may take many minutes so grab a cup of coffee while Windows goes through your hard disk removing languages folders.

    Remove Language from Windows Vista

  5. When Windows finishes removing one or more languages as you selected, it would show a message box that the selected languages were removed successfully. Click on Close button to close down the dialog.

    Remove Language from Windows Vista

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