How to install Node on Windows

It’s easy to install Node on Windows, it goes fast and requires only two steps, if you don’t have NodeJs installed before.
If you have Node install already and need to change Node version or updated it, check out this guide How to change Node version on windows.

Install Node

To install Node on Windows you should start by going to the home page of NodeJS and there you select “Recommended For Most Users”, to get the most stable version of Node.
There can be cases where you want the absolute latest version or even an older version of Node.
If you need to install a specific older version of Node, you can Pick an old Node version here.

Install latest Node version
Install latest Node version

After that the regular web download should start, with a file named “node-vXX.YY.ZZ-x64”.
When the download of NodeJs is complete, open the containing folder and run the msi program.
Wait for the installer program to pop up, follow the instructions until the installer is complete. You can probably go with standard settings.
When the installer is complete, the terminals needs to be restarted so the terminals can find the installed Node.

Node download completed
Node download completed
Node installer
Node installer

Conclusion

In conclusion, go to Nodes home page, download the version you need, follow the installer, restart the terminals. Simple as that!

Additional info

In the future, if you need a fast way to to change the Node version for any of these reasons. Check out this guide on How to change Node version on windows.

  • Installed the wrong Node version.
  • Need to downgrade Node because of project dependencies.
  • Need to upgrade Node because of project dependencies.
  • Testing if your project allows a newer version more stable version of Node.

But if you need to change Node version a lot back and forth checkout “nvm”s Github project https://github.com/coreybutler/nvm-windows. But that can take some time to install on Windows, so it’s not worth it if you don’t change version a lot.

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