Even though the theme of this site is Android TV boxes and mini-PCs, I realize that Windows isn’t going away anytime soon. In fact, since some manufacturers have come out with Windows 8 versions of their Android devices, I thought it would be good to have a tutorial on how to install Kodi on Windows 8.
The version we’ll be installing is version 14.2 Helix, which includes some minor bug fixes over version 14.0 and 14.1. If you’ve got one of those versions installed, you may want to upgrade. As with any software, if you are upgrading from a previous version you should back up any settings that you don’t want to lose, just in case.
I’ve put together a detailed video that will walk you through how to install Kodi on Windows 8 step-by-step, but you can also follow along with the article below if you prefer a little more detail.
Kodi System Requirements for Windows
There are a few system requirements for being able to run Kodi on Windows. First, you’ll need at least Windows Vista, although Windows 7 is recommended for hardware video decoding. If you’re one of the holdouts still running Windows XP, it’s time to make the switch.
Most newer graphics cards are supported. These include the ATI Radeon R420, and the NVIDIA GeForce 6-series. Although the team at Kodi recommends at least an ATI Radeon R700 or a GeForce 8 series card.
Downloading Kodi for Windows
Downloading Kodi is going to be the same for any system. There is a download page on Kodi.tv which lists every available Kodi versions, grouped by the system it runs on.
As you can see from the picture above, you’ll be looking for the blue Windows icon on the left hand side of the screen. Underneath the file is a link to the installation file that you’ll click on to download the file. The Windows file is just under 70MB, so it may take a few minutes to download, depending on your Internet connection.
There’s also a link to the wiki page which is a good place to start if you run into any issues during the install.
Installing Kodi on Windows
Once the file is downloaded, navigate to your download directory. By default this will be the “Downloads” folder. If you open up a File Explorer window (which should be pinned to your taskbar in both Windows 7 and Windows 8), you’ll see an icon for the Downloads folder there.
Once you find the file, double-click on the installation to begin.
From there the Kodi Setup Wizard will take you through the installation. There are a couple different components you can choose to install, such as adding Audio Encoder Add-Ons, PVR Add-ons and some different Skin Add-ons. If this is your first Kodi installation, I recommend keeping the default components.
Finally, you’ll be able to choose your installation path. The default path is C:\Program Files (x86)\Kodi, but you can change that if you prefer to install your programs someplace other than your boot drive, like I do.
After those few choices, you’ll choose whether to add a shortcut and Start Menu program group. Then the setup process will take you through the remainder of the installation. The entire process should take 1-2 minutes to complete, depending on the speed of your PC.
Kodi on Windows first boot
Once the installation is finished, click on the new Kodi icon in the Start Menu. If you’re running Windows 8, you may want to pin Kodi to the taskbar so you have easy access. To do this, right click on a Kodi icon and select “Pin to Taskbar.”
Once you start the program, you should see the Kodi home screen pictured below.
We’ll have a few more articles soon which will detail how to set up Kodi properly, including how to create an advancedsettings.xml file, as well as how to get the most out of it.
For now, let us know how your installation went by leaving a comment below!