# Install on Microsoft Windows™
Download the latest Windows archive from QOwnNotes Releases on GitHub (opens new window) and unzip it to anywhere you like. There is no installation needed!
If you want to use the automatic updater please make sure you unzip it
to a place where your user account has write access to.
By default your user account most likely doesn't have write access to places
C:\Program Files (x86) or
You can then directly run
QOwnNotes.exe from your
QOwnNotes folder, no installation is required.
# Portable mode
QOwnNotesPortable.bat to run QOwnNotes in portable mode where everything (including your notes) will only be
stored in your
You don't need the portable mode if you just don't have Administration permissions to your computer. QOwnNotes doesn't need to be installed!
# Windows XP
Qt dropped support for Windows XP with version 5.8, but QOwnNotes is now also built with Qt 5.7 to allow Windows XP users to still use it.
Although you have to seek out the latest master build from AppVeyor (opens new window) yourself, choose the Qt 5.7 environment and download the artifact.
The automatic update mechanism does not work with the AppVeyor build for Windows XP! You will have to download new releases yourself.
There is a community maintained package of QOwnNotes at Chocolatey (opens new window).
You can install it with:
choco install qownnotes