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How to Change Language in WinRAR

How to Change Language in WinRAR

WinRAR is one of the most popular and ubiquitous file archiving tools on the internet, and contains enough features to suit the needs of the majority of users. Unfortunately, WinRAR does not offer multi-language support, and if your installation is (for whatever reason) in the wrong language, there is only one way to fix this – you must start over from scratch. It is not possible to switch between languages via a settings or preferences menu.

Follow the steps below to properly cleanse your system of WinRAR and re-install the latest version in the correct language.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  • 1

    Firstly, it is necessary to remove all traces of the current version of WinRAR. This will help to ensure there are no conflicts that sometimes occur when installing over old versions of applications.
    Click the Start button in Windows and choose Control Panel. Click Uninstall a Program. A list of currently installed applications appears.

  • 2

    Locate WinRAR in the list of programs and click to select it, then click Uninstall on the top menu. The uninstall process commences, and there may be prompts which require your input. After a few moments, WinRAR is removed from your system.

  • 3

    Optionally run a tool like CCleaner to remove old registry entries at this stage. This can also help to ensure no old application elements are retained in the system, and keeps the registry in good shape.

    Launch CCleaner, click the Registry tab and run a scan. When the summary appears, choose Fix Selected Issues.

  • 4

    Download WinRAR from the above link for the English installation, or in your internet browser, navigate to http://www.win-rar.com/download.html. This is the official download page for all the different language variants of WinRAR. Select the correct version for your needs and click the adjacent WinRAR link. On the next page, click the Download Now link to transfer the installer file locally to your PC.

  • 5

    After a few minutes (depending on your internet connection), the installer file will be available in your download folder (the location of this will vary depending on which browser you are using and how it has been configured). Locate the installer and double-click to launch it.

  • 6

    Follow the on-screen prompts through the installation process. After a few moments, WinRAR will be freshly installed on your system. Locate the shortcut on your desktop, quick launch bar or Start menu, and click to start the application. You should find the language is now the correct one.

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