Windows 11 (and 10) English vs. English International

Do you speak English and can't figure out whether to select English or English International when preparing to install Windows? Then this guide will clear out the confusion.

Windows 11 English vs. English International
Windows 11 English vs. English International / Image: Mauro Huculak
  • English version of Windows is for users in the United States.
  • English International is for those in the UK and other English-speaking countries.

On Windows 11 (and 10), when downloading an ISO file or creating a USB bootable media using the Media Creation Tool, one of the options is to select the installation language.

Typically, for most users, this is an easy step, but if you live in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, or any other English-speaking country, the option to select the language can be confusing, as you will find two options, including “English” and “English International.”

What English version of Windows should I select?

So, if you’re getting confused, the Windows 11 “English International” version is usually targeted to those users living in the UK and other international English-speaking countries. The “English” version of Windows 11 (or 10) is for users in the United States.

Although both English versions of Windows include the same features, the main difference is those minor differences between the two languages. For example, if you are in the US, the correct spelling is “colors” and “personalization,” while in the UK, the correct spelling is “coloUrs” and “personaliSation.”

Another difference between English and English International is the default settings. For example, in the United States (English), the default time zone is “US Pacific Time (PST),” the clock uses the 12-hour format, and in the calendar, the week starts on Sundays.

In the United Kingdom (English International), the time zone is set to the country’s time zone, the clock uses the 24-hour format, and the keyboard default is the English United Kingdom.

Also, metrics and currency are different between the two versions, but you can always switch languages and change these settings to the options you want.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].