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:''This article is about using pre-built installers of Octave for Windows; for instructions about building it, see [[Windows Installer]].''
 
:''This article is about using pre-built installers of Octave for Windows; for instructions about building it, see [[Windows Installer]].''
  
{{Note|Windows installers are available for the latest version of '''Octave ({{Release}}, released on {{Release Date}})''' from https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/octave/windows/.}}
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Windows installers are available for the latest version of Octave ({{Release}}, released on {{Release Date}}) from https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/octave/windows/. Users are encouraged to use the latest version unless a specific feature or requirement warrants using an older version of the software. Version specific instructions and installation notes are provided below.
 
 
Users are encouraged to use the latest version unless a specific feature or requirement warrants using an older version of the software. Version specific instructions and installation notes are provided below.
 
 
 
:'''Note:''' As of version 4.4.1, '''Octave no longer supports Windows XP'''. There may be some workarounds to get Octave installed and running in command line mode (see Bug {{bug|54662}}), but maintainers cannot provide support and troubleshooting for this beyond what has already been documented.
 
  
 
=Installers for Microsoft Windows=
 
=Installers for Microsoft Windows=
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# Manually create a shortcut  to the {{Path|octave.vbs}} file in the main installation directory. (Right-click on the file, select 'Create Shortcut', and move the new shortcut to your desired location.)  
 
# Manually create a shortcut  to the {{Path|octave.vbs}} file in the main installation directory. (Right-click on the file, select 'Create Shortcut', and move the new shortcut to your desired location.)  
 
# If a command-line only instance of Octave is desired, the user can create a shortcut as stated above, right-click on the shortcut, select Properties, and add ''--no-gui'' to the end of the Target field.
 
# If a command-line only instance of Octave is desired, the user can create a shortcut as stated above, right-click on the shortcut, select Properties, and add ''--no-gui'' to the end of the Target field.
# Run the {{Path|post-install.bat}} file before running Octave the first time to reduce plot delays due to the Windows font cache and make the pre-installed packages visible to the system.
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# Run the {{Path|post_install.bat}} file before running Octave the first time to reduce plot delays due to the Windows font cache and make the pre-installed packages visible to the system.
  
 
==Packages==
 
==Packages==
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             windows  |  1.3.0 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\windows-1.3.0
 
             windows  |  1.3.0 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\windows-1.3.0
 
             zeromq  |  1.3.0 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\zeromq-1.3.0
 
             zeromq  |  1.3.0 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\zeromq-1.3.0
 
If Octave was installed from a zip of 7z archive, you may need to run:
 
 
 
  >> pkg rebuild
 
  
 
All packages can be updated to the latest version by running:
 
All packages can be updated to the latest version by running:

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