Just a short one on how to install language packs for SharePoint 2010. First of all, you need to install the appropriate language packs on Windows Server 2008 x64 (R2). You can obtain these from the Microsoft Download Center, specifically here:
Just change to the language you need to install, and click “Change”. Afterwards, you can proceed with the download (~60MByte). For this example, I chose “French”
After the download, you can install the language pack using a doubleclick, and the rest goes automatically.
As a result, under Region and Language | Keyboards and Languages, you should see your newly added language (in this case, French):
This is enough as of prerequisites fulfillment on Windows Server 2008. Now, let’s step on to the installation of the corresponding language pack of SharePoint 2010:
Download the language pack from here:
After downloading the ~160 MByte executable file, just run it by doubleclicking – the rest of the installation goes without any interaction.
At the end of the installation, we’ll be prompted to run the SharePoint 2010 Products Configuration Wizard. This is crucial, since otherwise the installation of the language cannot be completed. So, we must execute this step.
Important: The Products Configuration Wizard will ask you whether to remove the server or not from the server farm. It is not recommended to remove it, if you are running SP 2010 on a server farm.
Caution: The wizard will restart several services during configuration. Please look careful at the wizard’s suggestions before actually executing it.
After the configuration finishes, we open the Central Administration and attempt to create a new Site Collection for an existing (or new) SP 2010 web application.
Now, after the language pack installation, it can clearly be seen, that in the “Select a language” Drop-Down-List our new language is present. Moreover, if we select this one, all the template descriptions will change, accordingly.
That was straightforward, right?
Stay tuned till next time!