You may fail to remove a language from your system if the regional & language settings of your system are not properly configured. Moreover, the improper registry settings may also cause the issue at hand.
The issue arises when a user fails to remove a language (or the option is greyed out) or the language is automatically re-added to the system (after removal of the language). For some users, a language is shown in the Language bar but not present in the Windows Settings.
You can remove languages from Windows 10 by trying the solutions mentioned below, but before that, make sure “Language Preferences” (in Sync Your Settings) is disabled. Also, check if the Windows & drivers of your system are updated. Additionally, check if the dictation feature is not causing the issue. Moreover, check if clean booting your system resolves the issue (Razer’s Synapse Software & Language Indicator applications are reported to cause the issue). Furthermore, check if performing a Disk Cleanup on the system drive sorts out the language issue.
Solution 1: Edit the Language Settings
You may fail to remove a language if the language settings of your system are not properly configured. In this case, editing the relevant language settings may solve the problem. Before proceeding, make sure that the language you want to remove & its keyboard layout is not selected in the Language bar.
Change the Display Language
- Press the Windows key & open Settings.
- Now select Time & Language & steer to the Language tab.
- Then check if your system has more than one language installed. If not, click on Add a Language & follow the prompts to add the language.
- If a second language is already added, expand the dropdown of Windows Display Languages & select that language. Make sure the language you want to remove is not set as the Windows Display Language. It will be better to use a language that does not have a similar base language that you want to use e.g., if you want to remove USA English, then do not select UK English.
- Then reboot your PC & check if you can remove the problematic language.
- If that did not do the trick, then check if re-adding the problematic language sorts out the language issue.
- If not, then check if removing/re-adding the language that you want to keep sorts out the language issue.
If the issue persists, then check if removing the problematic languages through an office application (e.g., Word) solves the problem.
Re-arrange the Languages
- Open the Language tab in the Time & Language of Windows Settings (discussed above).
- Now expand the Language that you want to keep e.g., English (United States), & click on its Up-arrow (till it reaches the top of the list).
- Then make sure to move the Language (that you want to remove) to the bottom of the language list & reboot your PC.
- Upon reboot, check if you can successfully remove the problematic language.
Install the Language Pack of the Problematic Language
- Navigate to the Language tab of Time & Language in the Windows Settings (discussed above) & expand the problematic language.
- Then click on Options & check if a Language Pack is available for the language. If so, then add the language pack & reboot your PC.
- Upon reboot, check if you can remove the problematic language.
- If not, then check if removing/re-adding the keyboard to the problematic language (or the language that you want to keep) resolves the problem.
Solution 2: Change Regional Settings of Your System
The regional settings of your system may be stopping you from removing the problematic language (or causing its reappearance). In this context, editing the regional settings of your system may solve the problem. Before proceeding, make sure the regional settings of your system match your geographical location i.e., if you are in Canada, your region is set to Canada.
Change System Locale
- Press the Windows key & in the search box, type Control Panel. Then, in the results shown, select Control Panel.
- Now open Clock and Region & click on Region.
- Then steer to the Administrative tab & click on Change System Locale.
- Now, make sure the language that you want to remove is not set as Current System Locale & checkmark Beta: Use Unicode UTF-8 for Worldwide Language Support.
- Now apply your changes & reboot your PC to check if the problematic language can be removed.
Copy Settings to Welcome Screen
- Remove the problematic language (if possible, use an office application to remove the language).
- Then steer to the Administrative tab of Region (as discussed above) & click on Copy Settings.
- Now, make sure that the current user settings are your desired settings, & then, near the bottom of the window, checkmark both options of “Copy Your Current Settings to” (i.e., “Welcome Screen and System Accounts” & “New User Accounts”).
- Then apply your changes & reboot your PC to check if the language issue is resolved.
Solution 3: Use the PowerShell Commands
If none of the solutions has done the trick for you, then you may try the following commands to remove the problematic commands.
Right-click on the Windows button & in the quick access menu, choose Windows PowerShell (Admin). If a UAC prompt is received, click Yes. Now execute the commands discussed below to check if it removes the problematic language.
Remove the Problematic Language
- Execute the following:
- Now note down the LanguageTag of the problematic language (e.g., en-US).