How to install programs on Windows 10

Applies to: Windows 10

From a CD or DVD

If installation doesn't start automatically, browse the disc to find the program setup file, usually called Setup.exe or Install.exe. Open the file to start installation.

  • Insert the disc into your PC, and then follow the instructions on your screen. You might be asked for an admin password.

  • If install doesn't start automatically, check your AutoPlay settings.
    • In the search box on the taskbar, type AutoPlay settings and select it from the results.

    • Make sure AutoPlay is On.

  • You can also choose AutoPlay defaults for removable drives and memory cards.

    Screenshot of AutoPlay menu that highlights the AutoPlay toggle

From the internet

You should download and install programs only from trusted publishers and retail websites.

  • In your web browser, select the link to the program.

  • Select Save or Save as to download the program. Most antivirus programs like Windows Defender will scan the program for viruses during download.
    • If you select Save, the program file is saved in your Downloads folder.

    • Or, if you select Save as, you can choose where to save it, like your desktop.

From Microsoft Store

There are two ways to get apps from Microsoft Store.

  • On the Start  menu, select the Microsoft Store  tile.
  • On the taskbar, select the Microsoft Store  icon.