In our previous mini series we showed different approaches to get to the names of installed OS languages using different PowerShell methods. The result was always a list of language IDs, similar to this one:
de-DE en-US fr-FR
What if I needed to convert these to full country names? Fortunately, it is always just a matter of data types. All the methods we illustrated to get to the installed language packs returned string data. Let’s take the WMI example for simplicity:
$os = Get-CIMInstance -ClassName Win32_OperatingSystem $os.MUILanguages
When you cast the result to a better data type, you get better data. Instead of string, let’s take the data type responsible for county names: CultureInfo!
$os = Get-CIMInstance -ClassName Win32_OperatingSystem [CultureInfo]$os.MUILanguages
Immediately, the same data is now represented in a much richer format:
LCID Name DisplayName ---- ---- ----------- 1031 de-DE German (Germany) 1033 en-US English (United States) 1036 fr-FR French (France)