Installing on Windows

Check the Downloading Blender page to find the minimum requirements and where to get Blender (if you have not done so yet).

Download the zip-file or msi-file.

Install from MSI

The msi-file will run an installer to choose where to place Blender and to configure Windows to have an entry on the menu and to open blend-files with Blender. Administrator rights are needed to install Blender on your system.

Install from Zip

When choosing the zip-file you have to manually extract Blender to the desired folder, where you can double-click the executable to run Blender.

There is no installer to place Blender on the menu, but there is also no need for administrator rights. With this option, it is possible to have multiple versions of Blender without conflicting, as they are not actually installed on the system.

However, if you want a particular version to be registered with your computer the simply run blender -r from the Command Line.


How to Make a Portable Installation

To keep all configuration files and installed add-ons in the executable folder, create a folder named config in the LOCAL directory of the unzipped folder.