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The easiest way to install GNU Octave on Microsoft Windows is by using [ 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
* 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.
* For the 7z/zip archives, the user should extract : # Extract the file content to a directory on the harddrive (such as {{Path|C:\Octave}}). Manual shortcuts can then be created Spaces or non-ASCII characters in the path are discouraged and may cause program errors.# Manually create a shortcut to either the {{Path|octave.batvbs}} or file in the main installation directory. (Right-click on the file, select 'Create Shortcut', and move the new shortcut to your desired location.) # Run the {{Path|octavefc_update.vbsbat}} files in file before running Octave to reduce plot delays due to the main installation directoryWindows font cache.
* '''Note that starting with for Octave 4.4.0, the shortcuts will no longer 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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