There are many reasons why some tech people like to use Windows LTSC version. It is light, small, stable and fast, comparing to regular Windows version.
Some features might not installed by default and it might need a bit tuning to get it working properly. In this post, I am showing some steps to install Microsoft Store and get your Windows 10 LTSC to display other languages such as Chinese properly.
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LTSC Introduction and difference
LTSC is a stripped-down version of Windows 10 Enterprise. The number of standard Windows consumer features you have or don’t have depends on the version of Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC version you install. But the missing Windows features will free up extra hard drive space and PC system resources to help your PC run even more efficiently.
1. There are no pre-installed apps included in this Windows 10 LTSC version. No Cortana, no OneDrive, and no Windows Update, but you can also avoid extraneous features like the News and Interest taskbar tab Microsoft added it later.
2. The Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC build you install is the build you’re stuck with. You will still get the latest Windows 10 security updates and bug fixes, so security won’t be an issue. Windows 10 LTSC versions released after 2021 only receive 5 years of security update support as opposed to 10 years for other versions.
3. Windows 10 LTSC works fine on an everyday PC as long as you’re okay with not getting the latest features. You can still connect to the internet, install third-party apps, and play PC games, but it may take some extra work to get some apps and games to function properly on your version of Windows.
4. You’ll need to install alternative apps to make up for the lack of Media Player, Microsoft 365, Edge and others. Windows 10 LTSC also does not include the Microsoft Store app, but this can be downloaded and installed if you want it. You may also need to update your device drivers manually in some cases.
Install Win 10 LTSC
The Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC)
The following table summarizes equivalent feature update versions of Windows 10 LTSC and General Availability Channel (GA Channel) releases.
Select the 64-Bit LTSC version for your region/language to begin the download.
Once the download is finished, use the ISO file to create a bootable USB installer and use it to install Windows 10 LTSC. The installation wizard is same as other versions, which will take you through the entire process if you don’t know how to do this—just make sure you use the LTSC ISO.
By default, it won’t show Chinese Characters properly in browser, file explorer, or applications.
Here are some steps to fix this issue.
Steps to fix issue
1Add Chinese Language from Windows Settings – Time & Language – Language
2Click next , then select install button to start installation. It will take some minutes to get all installed.
3Once done, you will find Windows display language has a new option, but it shows square character only.
4Change Language for non-Unicode program to Chinese
5Reboot machine as prompted.
6 (Option) You also can install a new app to open this ms-windows-store. LTSC version does not have Microsoft Store installed and it can’t be added through built-in programs. Here is a special patch which will add MS store. You can download it from this link.
Double Click WindowsStore_LTSC2019.exe file. It will automatically launch Windows CMD Console to get it installed.
7 The reason why Windows LTSC version could not show other language properly even you have add the language support package in, is because LTSC version by default is already missing some displaying fonts to show other language’s characters correctly.
To resolve this, I have simply copied those fonts from a standard Windows installation fonts folder and pasted them into LTSC fonts folder. You can download this Chinese font package from this link. For other languages, you should be able to do same if you are facing same issue as me.
8Just drag those fonts into LTSC Windows – Fonts folder to install them. It will be automatically installed for those new fonts.
9Restart system to get all changes taken into effects
Welcome login windows already showing Chinese properly now.
10All of those square characters are gone now
11 Default Chinese inputs does not work properly although it shows on your taskbar and seems waiting you to use it. But based on my test, it does not give you right inputs.
The alternation is to install other Chinese inputs, such as QQ pingying It works fine. You can download QQPinyin_Setup_6.6.6304.400.exe from this folder.
Now this original English LTSC Windows 10 is supporting full Chinese function.
Activate Win10 LTSC
Windows Generic Volume License Keys (GVLK) keys can be found from this Microsoft Doc. Here are some simplified steps and commands.
C:\Windows\system32>wmic os get caption
C:\Windows\system32>slmgr /skms 192.168.2.8 (Please Use Your Own KMS IP)
C:\Windows\system32>slmgr /ipk M7XTQ-FN8P6-TTKYV-9D4CC-J462D