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The easiest way to install GNU Octave on Microsoft Windows is by using [http://hg.octave.org/mxe-octave/ MXE] builds.  For the current release, both 32-bit and 64-bit installers and zip archived packages (.zip and .7z formats) can be found at https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/octave/windows/.  
 
The easiest way to install GNU Octave on Microsoft Windows is by using [http://hg.octave.org/mxe-octave/ MXE] builds.  For the current release, both 32-bit and 64-bit installers and zip archived packages (.zip and .7z formats) can be found at https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/octave/windows/.  
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For executable installers, the user can simply run the downloaded file and follow the on-screen installation prompts.  It is recommended that the installation path does not include spaces or non-ASCII characters.  Shortcuts to the program will be created automatically.
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* For executable installers: the user can simply run the downloaded file and follow the on-screen installation prompts.  It is recommended that the installation path does not include spaces or non-ASCII characters.  Shortcuts to the program will be created automatically.
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For the zip archives, the user should extract the file content to a directory on the harddrive (such as {{Path|C:\Octave}}). Manual shortcuts can then be created to either the {{Path|octave.bat}} or {{Path|octave.vbs}} files in the main installation directory.
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* For the 7z/zip archives:
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# Extract the file content to a directory on the harddrive (such as {{Path|C:\Octave}}). Spaces or non-ASCII characters in the path are discouraged and may cause program errors.
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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.)
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# Run the {{Path|fc_update.bat}} file before running Octave to reduce plot delays due to the Windows font cache.  
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'''Note that starting with Octave 4.4.0, the shortcuts will no longer start the graphical user interface by default.  The user needs to add <code>--force-gui</code> to any manual shortcuts to start Octave with the GUI. (Right-click on the shortcut, select Properties, and add <code>--force-gui</code> to the end of the Target field.)'''
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* '''Note that for Octave 4.4.0, the shortcuts start the command line interface, not the graphical user interface, by default.  The user needs to add <code>--force-gui</code> to any manual shortcuts to start Octave with the GUI. (Right-click on the shortcut, select Properties, and add <code>--force-gui</code> to the end of the Target field.) Octave 4.4.1+ reverted back to the previous behavior where graphical user interface runs by default.'''
    
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