A Step by Step Guide on How to Install Kodi on Windows
Ever since Kodi (XBMX) came out, it has created a frenzy in the streaming industry. With hundreds of addons, Kodi offers easy access to any form of content, be it movies, TV shows, anime, documentaries, latestnews or live sports. The best part about Kodi is that it is free and you can install the software on multiple platforms, including Windows.
To get you up and running, we have created a guide on how to install Kodi on Windows. For every variant of Windows, we tested the method for installing Kodi. Similarly, we will also show you how to upgrade Kodi to a newer version.
So let’s get started!
How to Install Kodi on Windows 10(v17 Krypton)
- Download Kodi from its official website or get its app from Microsoft’s store
- Locate the destination of the downloaded file and launch the setup
- Click ‘Yes’ when asked for permission so that the setup wizard can run
- Select ‘I Agree’ to accept the license agreement and move forward
- Choose the components you want to install and click ‘Next’
- Select the destination folder where you want to install Kodi and hit ‘Next’
- Kodi should now start installing onto your system
- Once the installation is finished, check ‘Run Kodi’ checkbox and click ‘Finish’
How to Install Kodi on Windows 10 (v16 Jarvis)
- You can download Kodi’sv16 Jarvis version from Kodi’s official website. However, do note that the Kodi v16 Jarvis is not available on the Windows Store,as you will only find the latest version (v17 Krypton).
- Once you have downloaded the setup file from the website, rest of the configuration steps remain the same.
- Here’s a video illustrating the installation process for Kodi (v16) on Windows 10:
How to Setup Kodi on Windows 7
- The setup process of Kodi on Windows 7 is similar to that of Windows 10.
- All you have to do is visit Kodi’s official website, navigate to the download section on the website, and download the software onto your PC or laptop.
- Then run the setup process and follow the steps as instructed by the installation wizard.
- Once you install the software, launch Kodi TV on your system and enjoy endless online streaming.
How to Install Kodi on Windows 8.1
Now, if you are using Windows 8.1 on your device, you can install Kodi using anyone of the three methods:
- Download the software from Kodi’s official website
- Visit the Windows Store and download the app
- Both these methods for installing Kodi on Windows 8.1 are same as Windows 10.
Therefore, using the steps highlighted in the section above, you can easily configure Kodi and stream any movie, television series, sports event, and live TV.
Can I Install Kodi on Windows XP?
Unfortunately,Kodi ended it support for Windows XP back in April 2014. Therefore, the latest versions of Kodi are no longer compatible with Windows XP. Based on the system requirements for Kodi v17 Krypton, you need Windows Vista at a minimum.
Consequently, if you are using Windows XP user and are looking to run Kodi, you should consider certain alternatives. One of them is to convert your Windows XP PC into a home theatre PC (HTPC). Linux based operating systems are best suited for such purpose and are freely available. Take the case of OpenELEC; it is a fast and easy to use Linux distro, which includes XBMX as the dedicated media center.
If turning your Windows XP system in HTPC is not an option, you can upgrade your operating system to a newer version. On the contrary, you can install older XBMC software (versions preceding 13.0 release) on Windows XP, but do note that you might achieve full functionality of Kodi and some of the addons may not work.
How to Update/Upgrade Kodi on Windows
If you are running an older version of Kodi and are looking to upgrade it to a newer version, then the process is similar to installing the software for the first time. This is because Kodi does not offer an automatic updater built-in to its software. Therefore, you will have to download the latest version from its official website onto your device and run the installation process.
In most cases, your settings and library remain saved when you install Kodi v17 over v16 Jarvis. During the installation process, it will ask to overwrite existing files, select YES. However, it’s a good practice to backup all your data before upgrading Kodi on Windows. Here are different ways to back up your Kodi data:
Method 1: Manually Backup Data
- Click on ‘Start’ and under the search bar type “%APPDATA%\kodi\userdata”
- Open the folder by the name of ‘userdata’
- Now copy all the files listed in that folder to another location as backup
- Download Kodi’s new version from its website and install the software
- Launch Kodi and check if your settings and library are restored automatically
- If not, then exit Kodi and paste the backup files back to the userdata folder
- After pasting the backup files, launch Kodi again and your previous settings should be restored
Method 2: Use Backup Add-on
Another way of saving up your Kodi playlist, settings, add-ons, and other data is by using a backup add-on. Here’s how you can install the add-on on Kodi v16 Jarvis:
- Launch Kodi application
- Go to Programs
3. Select ‘Get more…’
4. From the list, look for ‘Backup’
5. Now install the add-on
6. Click on ‘Open Settings’
7. Select the ‘Browse Remote Path’ to define the location where you want to save the backup files and click OK
8. Now select Backup to save your exiting library and settings
With this, we end our guide on how to install Kodi on Windows. The overall process is very simple and using the steps mentioned above, you could configure Kodi on Windows 10, 8.1, and 7. We have also illustrated different methods for backing up your data before upgrading to a newer version.
Once you have setup Kodi on Windows and start streaming your favorite content, you might come across an issue involving geo-restrictions. Some channels on Kodi are confined to specific geographic locations and cannot be accessed from any other region. To overcome this problem, you will need a