Ensuring that your organization acquires and retains the necessary language packs (LPs) and language Features on Demand (FODs) to enable employees to use their Windows 10 devices in their preferred language is a crucial part of managing corporate machines, especially when keeping them up to date with the latest Windows 10 feature updates.
For machines connected directly to Windows Update, we provide a seamless experience to preserve language packs, language FODs, and other resources as part of the feature update process. In on-premises environments where feature updates are deployed via System Center Configuration Manager; however, the process to acquire and retain language packs can be a bit confusing. This blog outlines the various options available to you depending on the flow and the Windows 10 release.
Today, you have three options to update a managed PC to the latest Windows 10 feature update:
Servicing: Download the feature update from Windows Update to your local distribution point(s), then trigger PCs to retrieve and install that content.
Media upgrades: Download the latest ISO and use a task sequence to retrieve language packs, language FODs, remove apps, etc.
Wipe and reload: Create a new custom image, that includes all the language packs and language FODs, then install that image directly on the PC.
This article provides guidance for all three scenarios, and information on how to acquire language pack content once a device is up to date.
Manage Windows 10 updates via servicing (recommended)
Coming soon: Utilize the Unified Update Platform (UUP), integrated with Configuration Manager and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)
Automatically acquire and preserve LPs and FODs across feature updates.
No additional work required by the IT administrator.