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 Windows Installer File.
Install from Windows Installer File¶
The Windows installer when run will let you choose where to place Blender and configure Windows to have an entry to the start 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
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.
Install from Microsoft Store¶
Blender can be installed from the Microsoft Store by searching for Blender in the Microsoft Store and installing it.
Blender can now be launched from the Windows Start menu.
Updating on Windows¶
On Windows there are various ways of updating Blender. This section covers the most common approaches.
Updating from Windows Installer File¶
When an update for Blender is released, it can be downloaded directly from the Blender website. The Windows installer can then be run to install the updated version of Blender. To remove a previously installed version of Blender, use Windows settings or control panel to uninstall the desired version.
Updating from Zip¶
When an update for Blender is released, it can be downloaded directly from the Blender website and extracted to the desired folder, where you can double click the executable to run Blender. For more information on creating a portable version of Blender, see the section Install from Zip.