Installing on Windows

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Download the installer then click the installer icon to begin the installation process.

You can set install options by clicking the "Advanced" button on the configuration screen. The options are:

  • Program directory - where BOINC's program files will be stored.
  • Data directory - where BOINC's data files will be stored.
  • Use BOINC screensaver - Use the BOINC screensaver for the current user.
  • Protected application execution - Run project applications under an unprivileged account. This provides increased protection against faulty applications, but it may cause graphics to not work with older applications.
  • Allow all users on this computer to control BOINC - If selected (public mode), all users can control BOINC (attach/detach projects, etc.). If not selected (private mode), the only users who can control BOINC are: the installing user, members of the Administrator group, and members of the 'boinc_users' group. When other users run the BOINC Manager, they'll be shown a dialog saying to contact the administrator to add them to the 'boinc_users' group.

To run BOINC invisibly, choose the "Protected application execution" option, then delete the BOINC shortcut from the Start/Programs/BOINC and Start/Programs/Startup menus (locate BOINC in each menu, right-click, select Delete). You can still run the BOINC Manager by going to C:\Program Files\BOINC and double-clicking on boincmgr.exe