Some Windows 11/10 users report that they meet the “Chinese characters on the first screen after switch on” issue. If you are one of them, you come to the right place. This post from MiniTool introduces how to fix the issue.

The screen before I put my PIN in (I don't know if that is the lock screen or called something else) suddenly started to use Chinese traditional language. I've rebooted several times but it still comes back as Chinese.  When I click on the area that (I assume is saying) I want more information on the screen, it opens up MSN page with Chinese stories and information.  How do I change the settings to show English text again?Microsoft
Starting up laptop running Windows 11 this morning, lock screen showing chinese language instead of English (Australian). Went into language settings showing English (Australian). Tried restarting still the same.Microsoft

Most reports of this unexpected shift occur after a Windows update, which may be related to changes in language or regional settings during the update process. Now, let’s see how to fix the “Chinese characters on the first screen after switch on” issue.

Fix 1: Turn off Windows Spotlight

First, you can turn off the Windows spotlight to fix the “Window 11 lock screen is in Chinese language” issue. Here is how to do that:

1. Press the Windows + I keys together to open Settings.

2. Go to Personalize > Lock screen. Click the drop-down menu next to Personalize your lock screen to choose Picture.

turn off Windows spotlight

3. Then, you can check if the “Chinese characters on the first screen after switch on” issue has gone.

Fix 2: Change on the Lock Screen

Some users find a way can fix the “Window 11 lock screen is in Chinese language” issue, that is, click dislike on the like what you see link.

1. Click the camera icon at the top right like what you see.

2. Click the dislike icon. The wallpaper of the lock screen will change and text will change from Chinese to English.

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Fix 3: Check the Regional Settings

Next, you should check the regional settings to fix the “Chinese characters on Windows lock screen” issue. Here is how to that:

1. Type Control Panel the Search box to open it.

2. Select Change date, time or number format under the Clock & Region section.

3. Go to the Administrative tab and click the Copy settings… button.

click Copy settings...

4. Under the Copy your current settings to section, check the Welcome screen and system accounts box. Click OK and restart your PC.

Fix 4: Set the Correct Region on

Next, try to set the correct region on to fix the “Chinese characters on the first screen after switch on” issue. Follow the guide below:

1. Go to and sign in with your Microsoft account credentials.

2. Click Your info. Under Profile info, you will see various regional settings.

3. Check the laguange and region.

check the language and region

Fix 5: Reinstall the English Language Package

The last method for you is to reinstall your other language packs. Here is how to do that:

1. To do this open Settings > Time & Language > Language & Region.

2. Then go down to find the English (or language you are currently using), click the three dots, then select Remove.

3. This will uninstall the language and then, you can reinstall it again.

Fix 6: Reinstall Windows

If the previous solutions can’t fix the “Chinese characters appear on the first screen” issue, you can try performing a repair upgrade by using the Windows Media Creation Tool.

Before you start the following steps, you had better back up all the important files on your system disk. To do this task, you can try MiniTool ShadowMaker Free. It can finish the backup task quickly and it supports different Windows operating systems.

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1. Go to the Windows 11 download page. Under Create Windows 11 installation media, click Download Now.

2. Then, click Run and allow the User Account Control.

3. Read and agree with the license terms and click Accept.

4. Choose Upgrade this PC now and click Next. This may take some time depending on your connection or the performance of your device.

Final Words

To sum up, this post has shown 6 ways to fix the “Chinese characters on the first screen after switch on” error. If you come across the same error, try these solutions. If you have any better solution, you can share it in the comment zone.

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