Whether you have downloaded the Windows 7 localization packs (LocalPacks) in ISO, IMG or standalone update package in .CAB format, which is a cabinet file that contains the update package for regional theme, wallpapers, RSS feeds and Favorites links. The .CAB cabinet file for localization customization cannot be installed via desktop GUI of Windows 7, and must be installed with the DISM, a command-line tool for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) consolidates the core image management functions of multiple tools found in the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) and enables IT professionals to view components of an applied or mounted operating system image and add or remove packages, software updates, and drivers. In order to use DISM to install Windows 7 local packs, follow these steps:

  1. Extract the .CAB file from the LocalPacks ISO or IMG image. If you are already holding a .CAB cabinet file, skip this step.
  2. Open a command prompt with administrator’s privileges, and run and execute the following command:

    DISM /Online /Add-Package /PackagePath:"<drive>:\<path\to>\Windows-LocalPack-<XX>-Package.cab"

    Replace parameter in < and > brackets with actual path to the CAB file. For example,

    DISM /Online /Add-Package /PackagePath:”C:\Users\Windows 7 User\Downloads\Windows-LocalPack-AU-Package.cab”

    Note: The file name of the localpack’s cab may be different depending on where you download the file.

For user who needs to install many local packs, it’s possible to automate the installation of the LocalPacks with a batch command script. Save the following text into Notepad and save it as a file named install-localpacks.bat (or download install-localpacks.bat):

For %%A In (*.cab) Do Start /Wait pkgmgr /ip /m:%%A /quiet /norestart

Then, place the install-localpacks.bat into the same folder with all local packs to install. Run install-localpacks.bat as administrator to start the automatic installation of all regional localization packs inside the directory.

Once local packs are installed, user can select them from Personalization of Windows 7. If the regional themes from local packs does not show up in Personalization, use the hack to unlock and show the hidden themes in Windows 7. For end-users who want only the regional wallpapers, it’s possible to download only beautiful and attractive 120 pieces of localized background wallpapers.

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