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:''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 }} 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=
# 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.
# Run the {{Path|post_installpost-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.
A typical output (for version {{Release}}) is:
Package Name | Version | Installation directory
communications | 1.2.1 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\communications-1.2.1
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
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:
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