How do I install the free VLC Media Player?

To install VLC Media Player in Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8

Step 0: Download and launch installer

Download the installer package from the VLC download page for Windows web site. Once downloaded, double click it to begin the installation process. If you're using Windows Vista, 7 or 8 and have UAC enabled, you may be prompted to grant the program administrator permissions. Clicking Yes will allow you to continue.

Step 1: Select installer language

Select the language that you want the installer to be displayed in.

Step 2: Welcome screen

Like millions of people before you, your love affair with VLC begins with an ominous warning about closing all other applications before installing it. You can just go ahead and click Next.

Step 3: Licence agreement

You should think about reading the Terms of Service prior to clicking Next.

Step 4: Select components

This menu provides you with the ability to customize your install. You choose all the components you wish to install and whether you want VLC to be your default media player or not. Once you are done, feel free to click Next.

Step 5: Pick a location

You choose the installation folder with Browse... and when you are ready you click Install.

Step 5: Now installing

Wait as VLC begins installing.

Step 7: Installation complete

Once installation is completed, you may choose to run VLC, read a bunch of boring release notes, or do nothing at all. Nothing at all. Nothing at all.

Article ID: 9, Created On: 11/12/2012, Modified: 1/8/2013