If you want to change the display language of your Windows 7 system to French, you need to download and install the French language pack. The language pack allows you to change the interface language of Windows 7's dialog boxes, menus, and other text to French.
There are two ways to get the French language pack for Windows 7: through Windows Update or through direct download links. The first method is recommended if you have Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise editions, which are entitled for free downloads of MUI language packs. The second method is for users who have other editions of Windows 7 and want to use a hacking tool such as Vistalizator to install MUI language packs on non-supported Windows editions.
Method 1: Through Windows Update
To download and install the French language pack through Windows Update, follow these steps:
Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
Under Clock, Language, and Region, click Change display language.
In the Region and Language dialog box, click the Keyboards and Languages tab.
Under Display language, click Install/uninstall languages.
In the Install or uninstall display languages wizard, click Install display languages.
Click Launch Windows Update.
In the Windows Update window, click Check for updates.
Under Optional updates, select the French language pack (KB2483139), and then click OK.
Click Install updates. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
Wait for the installation to complete. You may need to restart your computer.
After restarting your computer, return to the Region and Language dialog box, and then click Change display language under Keyboards and Languages.
In the Choose a display language drop-down list, select French, and then click OK.
Log off your computer and then log on again for the change to take effect.
Method 2: Through Direct Download Links
To download and install the French language pack through direct download links, follow these steps:
Download the French language pack file (windows6.1-kb2483139-x86-fr-fr_f57427487dfc2f49da67cac22480ab1f48983d22.exe) from one of these sources:
Windows 7 MUI All Language Packs - SP0-SP1 (x86-x64)
Windows 7 SP1 MUI Language Packs (Official Direct Download Links)
Run the downloaded file and follow the instructions to install the language pack. You may need to restart your computer.
Download and run Vistalizator from http://www.froggie.sk/.
In Vistalizator, click Add languages.
Select the French language pack file that you installed in step 2, and then click Open.
Wait for Vistalizator to extract and install the language pack. You may need to restart your computer.
In Vistalizator, select French under Installed languages, and then click Change language.
Wait for Vistalizator to apply the language change. You may need to restart your computer. ec8f644aee