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= Choosing a version =


= Installing Kodi =
To install the most recent stable version of Kodi for Windows, go to http://kodi.tv/download/849.
== Recommended ==
The recommended version of Kodi is the current release '''{{Current_version}}'''. This version is the stable build and is recommended for general users.


The installation of Kodi for Windows is performed in the same manner as most other windows applications.
You can download Kodi from the Windows store, which will keep Kodi updated automatically, or you can download an executable installer file (.exe).
== Pre-release ==
The Pre-release version is an early build of the next version of Kodi.


The Download page is located here... [http://kodi.tv/download/849 http://kodi.tv/download/]
'''PRE-RELEASE BUILDS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED UNSTABLE AND MIGHT CAUSE CRASHES AND LOSS OF DATA.'''


A number of download options are available, each detailed as follows:
'''THESE BUILDS MIGHT INCLUDE BUGS AND MISSING OR BROKEN FEATURES.'''


The pre-release builds progress from Alpha to Beta to Release Candidate as they get closer to release.


Pre-release Builds are only for users who want to help improve Kodi by testing and providing feedback on any issues that are discovered.


== Release or Stable ==
If you want a stable and stress-free Kodi experience, install the recommended stable build.
The Release version is the most current and stable version of Kodi available for Windows. If you are a general user wanting hassle free installation and operation, the Release version is the one for you located in the ''Recommended'' tab of the [http://kodi.tv/download/849 Download page].


The current stable release is '''{{Current_version}}'''
'''Always backup before running a pre-release build.'''
== Development builds ==
<section begin="Development Builds" />Kodi development builds, or ‘Nightlies’, are nightly snapshots of the current development version. These builds are earlier and more experimental than pre-releases.


'''DEVELOPMENT BUILDS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED UNSTABLE AND MIGHT CAUSE CRASHES AND LOSS OF DATA.'''


'''THESE BUILDS MIGHT INCLUDE EXPERIMENTAL CHANGES, BUGS AND MISSING OR BROKEN FEATURES.'''


== Nightly ==
Development builds are only for users who want to help improve Kodi by testing and providing feedback on any issues that are discovered.
Kodi is in a constant state of upgrade and improvement. The Nightly version is the forward progression of the Release version. The nightly does not include new features. It's purpose is to fix bugs that have been discovered in the official Release version of Kodi.
Complaints made on the forum about missing or broken features in development builds will be met with silence at best.  


The nightly is available for download and installation. If you have been affected by a bug that is fixed in the nightly version, then it is safe to use a nightly version.  
If you want a stable and stress-free Kodi experience, install the recommended stable build.


'''Always backup before running a pre-release build.'''
<section end="Development Builds" />
= Choosing an install method =
You can choose from several different ways to install Kodi.
== Installer ==
An executable installer file (.exe) can be downloaded from the Kodi [http://kodi.tv/download/849 downloads page].


* Choose the correct installer for your system. (In Windows 10, you can check whether your system is 64-bit or 32-bit in Settings. Choose System, then About. Under Device specifications, check System type. This will tell you whether you are running a 64-bit or 32-bit version of Windows.)


== Development Builds ==
* After the download has finished, run the installer.
<section begin="Development Builds" />The development builds, often called “pre-release” builds, are what will eventually lead to the final product of the next version. '''THESE BUILDS COULD BE UNSTABLE''' and they may have functions and features missing or broken. They are for users that do not fear bugs or possibly crashes and data loss. The Development Builds are made available with the intention that users are willing to help diagnose and improve the product by testing and providing feedback on any issues that are discovered, which helps bring the release of the next version closer.
 
'''Do not treat the Development Build as a Stable Release! There will be bugs, missing features and experimental changes.''' Complaints made on the forum about missing or broken features will be met with silence at best.
 
If you want a stable and stress free Kodi experience, then please install the stable build instead. '''Always backup before using a development build.'''<section end="Development Builds" />
 
 
 
== Which Install Method ==
There are a number of methods available to install Kodi. Choose an installation method you understand and are comfortable with.
 
 


== Installer ==
* Accept the terms of the licence agreement, then choose where to install Kodi.
This is the most commonly used method and is similar to installing any other MS Windows software.


# On the download page, click '''Installer (32BIT)'''
The following video guide might help you with this process.
# You will be offered the standard '''Run''', '''Save''', '''Cancel''' options.
# Once downloaded, installation will commence automatically if the '''Run''' option was selected, or you will need to double click the downloaded file if the '''Save''' option was selected. Once installation commences, simply follow the steps as shown on screen. For most users the offered default settings are sufficient, if not, change them accordingly if you are sure you have to.


The following video guide may help you with this install process.


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{{divbox|green||'''Note:''' Please note that Kodi v15 is shown in the video. v17 and later releases will show a different menu system}}
{{divbox|green||'''NOTE:''' An older version of Kodi, v15, is shown in the video. Later releases have a different menu system.}}
 
== Microsoft Store ==
Kodi can be downloaded from the Windows store using the link on the [http://kodi.tv/download/849 downloads page].


The Windows store version is the current release, and will be updated automatically. The Windows store version can run on Windows 10 S.


== Windows Store ==
You can read about the introduction of the Windows Store version of Kodi on the [https://kodi.tv/article/kodi-goes-windows-store Windows Store Blog].
Kodi may be downloaded from the Windows Store as an App. It is still the same Kodi version as the “Installer” version. There are no changes or limitations using this version. The store version brings a few benefits, such as automatic updating and the ability to run on Windows 10 S.
 
Selecting this option will take you to the Kodi page at the MS Windows Store. Click the large Kodi icon to commence the install process.
 
To read more about the introduction of the Windows Store version click here... [https://kodi.tv/article/kodi-goes-windows-store Windows Store Blog]
 
== Chocolatey ==
== Chocolatey ==
If you have Chocolatey installed, you may run the command line installer. For instructions, visit the Kodi Package page at [https://chocolatey.org/packages/kodi Chocolately].
If you have Chocolatey installed, you can run the command-line installer. Visit the Kodi Package page at [https://chocolatey.org/packages/kodi Chocolately] for instructions.
 
== Portable mode ==
 
 
== Portable Mode ==
[[File:Portable01.jpg|300px|right]]
[[File:Portable01.jpg|300px|right]]
<section begin="PortableMode" />If you have a requirement to run a different version of Kodi, or run a basic install for the purpose of fault finding and testing, without removing your current installation, Kodi has the ability to run in portable mode. This is a Windows only feature. It gives the user the flexibility to install multiples of the same version or multiple different versions of {{kodi}}.  
<section begin="PortableMode" />You can run Kodi in portable mode (Windows only). This gives you the flexibility to run more than one instance of the current version, or several different versions of Kodi – for example, to set up a basic installation for testing.


Follow these steps to install additional Kodi setups on the same computer.
Follow these steps to install additional Kodi setups on the same computer.


'''Complete all steps before running Kodi'''.


# Download required version of Kodi and run the Installation
# Download then run the executable installer file (.exe) for the version of Kodi you want to install. You '''must''' change the installation location from the default location. You can choose a removable drive, a different internal drive, or a different folder on the same internal drive.
# During the installation process you will be prompted to specify the install location. This must be changed from the default location offered. Install to...
# Find the Kodi.exe application in the folder you just installed. Right-click the application, and choose ‘Create shortcut’.
## A removable USB device, or
# Right-click the shortcut you created, and choose ‘Properties’. In the ‘Target’ text field, add -p (dash + P) after the file location.  
## Another folder or hard drive on your computer. If installed to another folder or hard drive...
##* It must be in a location where standard users have write permission (e.g. ''not'' under Program Files) or
##* Run the shortcut as admin (even though you're logged in with an admin account). Otherwise {{kodi}} will be unable to start and will display the message "ERROR: Unable to create application. Exiting."
# '''Once the Install has finished do not run Kodi''' until the remainder of these steps have been completed.
# Navigate to where you just installed Kodi and look for the file '''''kodi.exe'''''
# Create a shortcut to kodi.exe. Usually by right clicking on the kodi.exe file and selecting ''Send to'' then ''desktop (create shortcut)''
# Right click on the newly created shortcut and select ''Properties''. There will be a box called ''Target:'', add the switch ''-p'' after kodi.exe i.e. P:\Kodi\kodi.exe -p and save the change (see image)
# Start Kodi. This will then use the Kodi folder itself as the Home folder, which means scripts, plugins, skins and userdata will be located in the '''portable_data''' folder within the Kodi folder.
# You will, however, have to be careful when upgrading to make sure that the [[userdata]] folder you use is not overwritten.


'''Note''': It is this shortcut that enables Portable Mode. If you create another shortcut and fail to add the '''-p''' switch, or start this portable version of {{kodi}} in another manner, then the standard userdata folder will be created which may overwrite your existing installation of {{Kodi}}.<section end="PortableMode" />
It should look like this:
{{-}}
<code>“E:\Kodi v18\kodi.exe” -p</code>


You can now run the portable version of Kodi by opening this shortcut.


NOTE: For portable installations, the Kodi folder will be used as the data folder (where Kodi stores scripts, plugins, skins and userdata). If this folder is deleted or overwritten, your saved data might be lost.
<section end="PortableMode" />
{{-}}
= Upgrading Kodi =
The dedicated team of Kodi volunteers are always working to improve and enhance your Kodi experience. Several times a year, new stable versions of Kodi are released.


'''BEFORE UPGRADING KODI''':
* Backup your data by following the instructions [https://kodi.wiki/view/Backup here].
* Ensure your computer still meets Kodi’s minimum requirements in [https://kodi.wiki/view/Supported_hardware supported hardware].
* If you use add-ons or skins, check if they have been upgraded to work with the new version of Kodi. If the upgrade is a decimal upgrade (e.g., 18.x to 18.y), all add-ons and skins should still work.


You can upgrade by installing the new version of Kodi by following the installation instructions above. You do not need to uninstall the old version.


= Upgrading Kodi =
The following video guide might help you with this process.
The dedicated team of Kodi volunteers are always working to improve and enhance your Kodi experience. At various times throughout the year, new stable versions of Kodi are released.
 
Upgrading is a simple task. Following the “How To Install” guide above will allow you to upgrade Kodi to the latest version. Be aware of the following though
 
* It is not necessary to uninstall the previous version. If you are happy with your current setup, installing “over the top” is ok.
* Make a backup of your '''%appdata%\Kodi'''  directory. Do not upgrade without backing up first. {{See|Backup}}
* Ensure your hardware meets the minimum requirements before upgrading. {{See|Supported hardware}}
* If you have a favourite add-on or skin, ensure they have also been upgraded to work in the new version of Kodi. If the upgrade is a decimal upgrade (eg v17 to v17.1) then all skins and add-ons should still be compatible.
*It is currently possible to upgrade from v14 to v17 in one jump


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{{divbox|green||'''Note:''' Please note that Kodi v15 is shown in the video. v17 and later releases will show a different menu system}}
{{divbox|green||'''NOTE:''' An older version of Kodi, v15, is shown in the video. Later releases have a different menu system.}}
 
== Upgrading from XBMC ==
 
 
== Upgrading XBMC ==
{{See| Migration_from_XBMC_to_Kodi}}
{{See| Migration_from_XBMC_to_Kodi}}


If you are still using a version of XBMC, you must follow the instructions in [https://kodi.wiki/view/Migration_from_XBMC_to_Kodi this guide] to upgrade to the latest stable release of Kodi.


If you are one of the few people still using a version of XBMC, you must follow the instructions in the above mentioned guide to upgrade to the latest stable release. Be aware of the following
Ensure your hardware meets the [https://kodi.wiki/view/Supported_hardware minimum requirements] before upgrading.
 
* Ensure your hardware meets the minimum requirements before upgrading. {{See|Supported hardware}}
* If you have a favourite add-on or skin, ensure they have also been upgraded to work in the new version of Kodi.
 
 
 
= Older Kodi Versions =
Looking for an older version of Kodi? They can be found here...
[http://mirrors.kodi.tv/releases/win32/old/  http://mirrors.kodi.tv/releases/win32/old/]
 
 


Ensure all add-ons and skins you use have also been upgraded to work in the current version of Kodi.
= Installing older versions of Kodi =
Older versions of Kodi can be found at [http://mirrors.kodi.tv/releases/win32/old/  http://mirrors.kodi.tv/releases/win32/old/]
= Uninstalling Kodi =
= Uninstalling Kodi =
Kodi is installed in two locations. Which parts of Kodi you uninstall depends on the reason for your requirement. The two locations are as follows:
Kodi is installed in folders in two places. You must remove both folders to completely uninstall it.
 
== The Kodi application ==
 
The Kodi program is installed by default to <code>C:\Program Files\Kodi\</code>.
 
To uninstall the Kodi application in Windows 10:
== Program ==
# Open Settings
This is the install location for the core program of Kodi. There should be no user interaction with this folder, same as any other program installed in the ''Program files'' folder of your computer.
# Choose Apps, then ‘Apps and features’
 
# Select Kodi in the list of apps
The Kodi program is installed by default here...
# Choose Uninstall.
C:\Program Files (x86)\Kodi
 
To uninstall the data from here, you should run Windows Add or Remove Programs. You will also have the option to remove the ''\Kodi\userdata'' folder.
 
 
 
== Data Folder ==
The {{kodi}} data folder is the location where all subsequent changes to {{kodi}} are made after installation, like creating libraries, installing new skins and add-ons etc. This is a different ''Kodi'' folder to where the Kodi program is installed. The [[Userdata]] folder is also found here.
 
The location of the '''\Roaming\Kodi\''' folder depends on the installation method used:
*If you downloaded Kodi from this site and manually ran the installer, you will find the ''Kodi'' folder in here...
<code>C:\Users\Your User Name\AppData\Roaming\</code>
 
*If you downloaded Kodi from the Microsoft Store, you will find the ''Kodi'' folder in here...
<code>C:\Users\Your User Name\AppData\Local\Packages\XBMCFoundation.Kodi_4n2hpmxwrvr6p\LocalCache\Roaming\</code>
 
If you want to retain the data folder for backup purposes, rename the ''Kodi'' folder to something like ''Kodi-Old''. '''''See: [[Backup]]'''''<br>
If you have no requirement to keep the data folder, then delete the folder and all its subfolders and files
 
If performing a Fresh Start, Kodi will re-create the {{Kodi}} data folders on next start of the program.


To uninstall the Kodi application in Windows 7 or Windows 8:
# Open Control Panel
# Choose ‘Programs and Features’
# Select Kodi in the list of apps
# Choose Uninstall
== The Kodi data folder ==
After you install Kodi, all changes to Kodi are saved in a data folder. This includes things like your userdata, libraries, skins, and add-ons.


* If you downloaded and ran the Kodi executable installer file (.exe) manually, the folder will be at <code>C:\Users\Your User Name\AppData\Roaming\Kodi</code>
* If you downloaded Kodi from the Microsoft Store, the folder will be at <code>C:\Users\Your User Name\AppData\Local\Packages\XBMCFoundation.Kodi_4n2hpmxwrvr6p\LocalCache\Roaming\Kodi</code>


If you delete the data folder to do a clean installation of Kodi, the data folders will be created again the first time you run Kodi.
== Complete Uninstall ==
== Complete Uninstall ==
To completely uninstall Kodi, leaving no remnants behind, you must remove the data from both locations- Program and Userdata.  
To completely uninstall Kodi, uninstall the application then delete the data folder.
 
 
 
= Windows Defender =
= Windows Defender =
Windows Defender SmartScreen is a feature of Windows, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge. It is designed to help protect you from websites Microsoft believes are fraudulent that try to steal your personal information. In Internet Explorer 8 and later, SmartScreen also helps protect you from downloading malicious software. {{small|Courtesy Microsoft}}
Windows Defender SmartScreen is a feature of Windows that blocks software it does not recognise to protect your computer.


If you download the installer immediately after a new version of Kodi is released, Windows Defender Smartscreen might block the installer.


SmartScreen works in two ways:
If the Kodi installer is blocked, click ‘More info’ then ‘Run anyway’ to continue installing Kodi.
*If the downloaded file has been seen before and is known to be dangerous malware, SmartScreen blocks it.
 
*If the downloaded file has not been seen before and Windows isn’t sure whether it’s safe, Windows prevents the app from starting and warns you it may be dangerous, but lets you bypass this warning.
 
 
If you are one of the many users keen on updating to the latest release as soon as it becomes available, you may encounter a problem with Windows Defender Smartscreen blocking the install process. You should only be affected by the second category mentioned above. To override the warning, follow these steps:


<gallery widths="400" heights="400">
<gallery widths="400" heights="400">
File:WinDefender01.JPG|When confronted with the following dialogue box, click on the words '''More Info'''
File:WinDefender01.JPG|If you see this dialogue box, click '''More info'''.
File:WinDefender02.JPG|The text will then expand to show the following. Simply click '''Run anyway. '''
File:WinDefender02.JPG|After the text expands, click '''Run anyway'''.
File:WinDefender03.jpg|If the previous steps do not work, it may mean that you have your Windows Defender set to '''Block''' instead of''' Warn'''. To change this in Windows 10, go to '''settings -> security -> defender -> open defender security settings''' and change the first setting to '''Warn''' as shown in the image.
File:WinDefender03.jpg|If you do not see ‘Run anyway’, Windows Defender might be set to Block instead of Warn. This setting can be changed in Windows Security.
</gallery>
</gallery>
'''NOTE''': Changing settings in Windows Security can make your computer less safe. Consider installing Kodi through the Microsoft Store or waiting a few days until Microsoft Defender recognises the new version of Kodi.


 
To stop Windows Defender SmartScreen blocking the Kodi installer, turn off ‘Check apps and files’ in ‘App & browser control’ in Windows Security, then install Kodi. Remember to turn on 'Check apps and files' after installation is complete.
 
= What next? =
= What Next? =
[[File:Quick-start-0.png|400px|right]]
[[File:Quick-start-0.png|400px|right]]


After the installation you can immediately start using Kodi. To start Kodi, find it under the Windows '''Start''' button in a '''Program Group''' called '''Kodi'''. You can also use the desktop icon if you enabled this option during setup.
Run Kodi from the Start menu, by expanding the Kodi folder, then opening the Kodi app.
 
When you first run Kodi, you will be told that your library is empty.
 
To add media to your Kodi library, see the Wiki section for [https://kodi.wiki/view/First_time_user first time users].
When starting Kodi for the first time, this screen is displayed.
 
Now that Kodi is installed and running you will want to add your media to the Library.
{{See|First_time_user}}





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1 Choosing a version

To install the most recent stable version of Kodi for Windows, go to http://kodi.tv/download/849.

1.1 Recommended

The recommended version of Kodi is the current release Kodi v19.2 Matrix. This version is the stable build and is recommended for general users.

You can download Kodi from the Windows store, which will keep Kodi updated automatically, or you can download an executable installer file (.exe).

1.2 Pre-release

The Pre-release version is an early build of the next version of Kodi.

PRE-RELEASE BUILDS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED UNSTABLE AND MIGHT CAUSE CRASHES AND LOSS OF DATA.

THESE BUILDS MIGHT INCLUDE BUGS AND MISSING OR BROKEN FEATURES.

The pre-release builds progress from Alpha to Beta to Release Candidate as they get closer to release.

Pre-release Builds are only for users who want to help improve Kodi by testing and providing feedback on any issues that are discovered.

If you want a stable and stress-free Kodi experience, install the recommended stable build.

Always backup before running a pre-release build.

1.3 Development builds

Kodi development builds, or ‘Nightlies’, are nightly snapshots of the current development version. These builds are earlier and more experimental than pre-releases.

DEVELOPMENT BUILDS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED UNSTABLE AND MIGHT CAUSE CRASHES AND LOSS OF DATA.

THESE BUILDS MIGHT INCLUDE EXPERIMENTAL CHANGES, BUGS AND MISSING OR BROKEN FEATURES.

Development builds are only for users who want to help improve Kodi by testing and providing feedback on any issues that are discovered. Complaints made on the forum about missing or broken features in development builds will be met with silence at best.

If you want a stable and stress-free Kodi experience, install the recommended stable build.

Always backup before running a pre-release build.

2 Choosing an install method

You can choose from several different ways to install Kodi.

2.1 Installer

An executable installer file (.exe) can be downloaded from the Kodi downloads page.

  • Choose the correct installer for your system. (In Windows 10, you can check whether your system is 64-bit or 32-bit in Settings. Choose System, then About. Under Device specifications, check System type. This will tell you whether you are running a 64-bit or 32-bit version of Windows.)
  • After the download has finished, run the installer.
  • Accept the terms of the licence agreement, then choose where to install Kodi.

The following video guide might help you with this process.


2.2 Microsoft Store

Kodi can be downloaded from the Windows store using the link on the downloads page.

The Windows store version is the current release, and will be updated automatically. The Windows store version can run on Windows 10 S.

You can read about the introduction of the Windows Store version of Kodi on the Windows Store Blog.

2.3 Chocolatey

If you have Chocolatey installed, you can run the command-line installer. Visit the Kodi Package page at Chocolately for instructions.

2.4 Portable mode

Portable01.jpg

You can run Kodi in portable mode (Windows only). This gives you the flexibility to run more than one instance of the current version, or several different versions of Kodi – for example, to set up a basic installation for testing.

Follow these steps to install additional Kodi setups on the same computer.

Complete all steps before running Kodi.

  1. Download then run the executable installer file (.exe) for the version of Kodi you want to install. You must change the installation location from the default location. You can choose a removable drive, a different internal drive, or a different folder on the same internal drive.
  2. Find the Kodi.exe application in the folder you just installed. Right-click the application, and choose ‘Create shortcut’.
  3. Right-click the shortcut you created, and choose ‘Properties’. In the ‘Target’ text field, add -p (dash + P) after the file location.

It should look like this: “E:\Kodi v18\kodi.exe” -p

You can now run the portable version of Kodi by opening this shortcut.

NOTE: For portable installations, the Kodi folder will be used as the data folder (where Kodi stores scripts, plugins, skins and userdata). If this folder is deleted or overwritten, your saved data might be lost.


3 Upgrading Kodi

The dedicated team of Kodi volunteers are always working to improve and enhance your Kodi experience. Several times a year, new stable versions of Kodi are released.

BEFORE UPGRADING KODI:

  • Backup your data by following the instructions here.
  • Ensure your computer still meets Kodi’s minimum requirements in supported hardware.
  • If you use add-ons or skins, check if they have been upgraded to work with the new version of Kodi. If the upgrade is a decimal upgrade (e.g., 18.x to 18.y), all add-ons and skins should still work.

You can upgrade by installing the new version of Kodi by following the installation instructions above. You do not need to uninstall the old version.

The following video guide might help you with this process.

3.1 Upgrading from XBMC

See: Migration_from_XBMC_to_Kodi

If you are still using a version of XBMC, you must follow the instructions in this guide to upgrade to the latest stable release of Kodi.

Ensure your hardware meets the minimum requirements before upgrading.

Ensure all add-ons and skins you use have also been upgraded to work in the current version of Kodi.

4 Installing older versions of Kodi

Older versions of Kodi can be found at http://mirrors.kodi.tv/releases/win32/old/

5 Uninstalling Kodi

Kodi is installed in folders in two places. You must remove both folders to completely uninstall it.

5.1 The Kodi application

The Kodi program is installed by default to C:\Program Files\Kodi\. To uninstall the Kodi application in Windows 10:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Choose Apps, then ‘Apps and features’
  3. Select Kodi in the list of apps
  4. Choose Uninstall.

To uninstall the Kodi application in Windows 7 or Windows 8:

  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Choose ‘Programs and Features’
  3. Select Kodi in the list of apps
  4. Choose Uninstall

5.2 The Kodi data folder

After you install Kodi, all changes to Kodi are saved in a data folder. This includes things like your userdata, libraries, skins, and add-ons.

  • If you downloaded and ran the Kodi executable installer file (.exe) manually, the folder will be at C:\Users\Your User Name\AppData\Roaming\Kodi
  • If you downloaded Kodi from the Microsoft Store, the folder will be at C:\Users\Your User Name\AppData\Local\Packages\XBMCFoundation.Kodi_4n2hpmxwrvr6p\LocalCache\Roaming\Kodi

If you delete the data folder to do a clean installation of Kodi, the data folders will be created again the first time you run Kodi.

5.3 Complete Uninstall

To completely uninstall Kodi, uninstall the application then delete the data folder.

6 Windows Defender

Windows Defender SmartScreen is a feature of Windows that blocks software it does not recognise to protect your computer.

If you download the installer immediately after a new version of Kodi is released, Windows Defender Smartscreen might block the installer.

If the Kodi installer is blocked, click ‘More info’ then ‘Run anyway’ to continue installing Kodi.

NOTE: Changing settings in Windows Security can make your computer less safe. Consider installing Kodi through the Microsoft Store or waiting a few days until Microsoft Defender recognises the new version of Kodi.

To stop Windows Defender SmartScreen blocking the Kodi installer, turn off ‘Check apps and files’ in ‘App & browser control’ in Windows Security, then install Kodi. Remember to turn on 'Check apps and files' after installation is complete.

7 What next?

Quick-start-0.png

Run Kodi from the Start menu, by expanding the Kodi folder, then opening the Kodi app. When you first run Kodi, you will be told that your library is empty. To add media to your Kodi library, see the Wiki section for first time users.


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