Update to language imaging in Windows 11

Published Sep 16 2021 01:30 PM 4,979 Views
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Beginning with Windows 10, version 2004, cumulative updates have regularly included user-facing feature improvements. For a subset of languages, this can result in unexpected language fallback: text for updated features may be shown in an unexpected language until the system updates the corresponding Local Experience Pack (LXP). To address this, we are adjusting the language options we offer for device imaging.

Until now, OEMs and businesses were offered two language packaging options for device imaging: Component-Based Servicing lp.cab files and Local Experience Pack .appx files. The 38 fully-localized Language Pack (LP) languages were available as both lp.cab and .appx packages, while the remaining 72 partially-localized Language Interface Pack (LIP) languages were only available as .appx packages.

Starting with Windows 11, we are moving to a model where the 38 LP languages—as well as five LIP languages (ca-ES, eu-ES, gl-ES, id-ID, vi-VN)—can only be imaged using lp.cab packages. With this change, we ensure a fully supported language imaging and cumulative update experience.

The remaining 67 LIP languages will move to a self-service model. This means that Windows desktop device users can use the Settings app to add any supported language, including the 67 LIP languages that cannot be used for system imaging. We are also enabling non-administrator user accounts to add both a display language and corresponding language features. This is part of a new end-to-end capability to empower users in business environments.

To summarize, the primary change is that the 67 LIP languages will not be made available or supported for imaging. The LXP-only languages are now only available through the Microsoft Store and Settings apps.

 

6 Comments

Hi, thank you for the information.

Does that mean that we have to keep  using lp.cab for imaging with OSD and Configmgr and stop using lxps in OSD? 

 

Thank you for clarifying that part

New Contributor

The one of the method I use within modern management with zero image strategy (don’t want to have overhead of maintaining custom images) is explained below. But, is there any better approach please with Windows 11 … there could be some CSPs  that I might be missing? https://www.anoopcnair.com/intune-learn-to-deploy-windows-10-language-pack-step-by-step-mem/

Microsoft

@Stephane Lalancette  - Starting Windows 11, only language lp.cabs can be used for creating system images. For previous releases, you should use LXP only for LIP languages.

Microsoft

Hi @Anoop C Nair -  Absolutely! We have improved the Settings App experience and now you can download languages and language related features directly from the Settings App without needing to go to the Store. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/install-a-language-for-windows-ccd853d3-9ecd-7da7-9ef0-7... 

Occasional Contributor

Keeping up with Windows language pack imaging methods should automatically qualify you for a doctorate in something. 

New Contributor

@Rittwika_Rudra that is great to know! Thank you for the update. Is there another method…  do we have any Windows MDM CSPs coming out for this from enterprise device management perspective so that it would be helpful to deploy those policies using Intune etc..? 

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