Posted by: David | August 3, 2012

Changing the System Locale / Keyboard layout on WDS Boot and Capture Images

WDS is a great tool for deploying Operating systems to your desktops, but if you like secure passwords like me. Then having the right system locale on your boot and capture images is a must. So you know your special characters are going to be in the right place when you come to type those secure passwords.

In order to change these settings on the images you will need to have the DISM tool installed on your machine, this is part of the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) that can be downloaded from here.

Once you have the WAIK installed you can set the locale on your images with the following procedure.

  1. Create a mount directory e.g. c:mounted
  2. Mount your boot image: dism /mount-wim /wimfile:C:RemoteInstallBootx64Imagesboot.wim /index:1 /mountdir:c:mounted
  3. Set the System Locale to UK: dism /image:C:mounted /Set-SysLocale:en-GB
  4. Set the User Locale to UK: dism /image:C:mounted /Set-UserLocale:en-GB
  5. Set the Input Locale to UK: dism /image:C:mounted /Set-InputLocale:0809:00000809
  6. Set the Time Zone to GMT: dism /image:C:mounted /Set-TimeZone:"GMT Standard Time"
  7. Un-mount image and commit changes: dism /unmount-Wim /MountDir:c:mounted /Commit

Job Done 🙂



  1. Nope didnt work, any reason why or any other method?

  2. Nope didnt work, still defaults to English (United States) upon booting into Windows PE, any reason why or another method?


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