Time and Language Change Country or Region in Windows 11


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The country or region home location in Windows, referred to as geographic location (GeoID), indicates the country or region you are in.

Windows 11, Microsoft Store, and apps might use your country or region to give local content.

Stuff you get in one region might be region restrictive and not work in another region. This can include Xbox Live Gold, apps, games, movies, and the balance in your Microsoft account.

If you change your location by moving to or visiting some other country, you might need to change your country or region home location in Windows.

This tutorial will show you how to change your country or region for your account in Windows 11.


Your country or region location setting is saved to the Name and Nation string values in the registry key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\International\Geo



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Option One

Change Your Country or Region in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Time & language on the left side, and click/tap on Language & region on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3 Select your location (ex: "United States") in the Country or region drop menu. (see screenshot below)

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4 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

See Your Current Country or Region using Command


1 Open Windows Terminal, and select either Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt.

2 Copy and paste the PowerShell Get-WinHomeLocation command into Windows Terminal, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

3 You can now close Windows Terminal if you like.

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Option Three

Change Your Country or Region using Command


1 Open Windows Terminal, and select either Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt.

2 Type the command below into Windows Terminal, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

PowerShell Set-WinHomeLocation -GeoID <GeoID number>

Substitute <GeoID number> in the command above with the actual Geographical location identifier (decimal) number (ex: "244") from the table at Microsoft for the country or region location (ex: "United States") you want.

For example: PowerShell Set-WinHomeLocation -GeoID 244


3 You can now close Windows Terminal if you like.

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Changing the code page (mostly for non-Unicode programs) usually required the system restart because OS should load different font and keyboard translation tables. It's a bit strange that changing the country is possible without restart, or maybe Windows 11 has been significantly improved and now it allows to perform such operations on-the-fly. Anyway, it's good to know.
 

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