How to install Mu on Windows with the Official Installer

Installing Mu in Windows is super easy (if you are a network administrator we recommend you read the instructions at the bottom of the page).

mu windows installer

Mu works on Window 7, 8 and 10 in 32 bit and 64 bit. Its a good idea to make sure your system to up-to-date with all Windows updates.

If you in an educational setting you may need to get your system administrator to run the installer for you.

Step 1 - Download Mu Installer

Download the correct 32 bit or 64 bit installer for your operating system.

To find out whether you need a 32 bit or 64 bit installer:

open pc properties
system type

There is also advice on Microsoft’s website for finding whether you are using 32 or 64 bit Windows.

Step 2 - Run the installer

Windows 7 - Find the installer
Windows 10 -Find the installer

Step 3 - Start the install

Confirm the version of Mu you’ll be installing and click “Next”.

Windows installer step 1

The version number will likely be different from the one shown.

Step 4 - License Agreement

Review the license and click “Agree”.

Windows installer step 2

Step 5 - Choose Users

Select if you want to install Mu for all users, or just yourself and click “Next”.

Please note, if your user account does not have administrative rights this step might not appear on your installation process. If it does, the installer might only work if you select the “Install just for me” option.

Windows installer step 3

Step 6 - Choose Install Location

Select the installation destination (you can usually leave this as the default) and click “Install”.

Windows installer step 4

Step 7 - Installing

Go make a cup of coffee as Mu installs on your computer.

Windows installer step 5

Step 8 - Complete

The installation has completed successfully, click “Finish” to close the installer.

Windows installer step 6

Step 9 - Start Mu

You can start Mu by clicking on the icon in the Start menu.

Windows start mu

ATTENTION NETWORK ADMINISTRATORS

If you are a network administrator who needs to install Mu on many machines we'd like to answer a couple of common queries and provide some technical context and information:

Why is the installer a .exe rather than an MSI?
In 2015 Microsoft announced that, while MSI won't go away any time soon, they want developers to move onto other, more modern, packaging solutions. We use a simple and easy to use packaging system which allows us to automatically and reliably create installers with zero manual intervention.
Why is the default install per-user rather than system wide?
Engineers at Microsoft have advised us that per-user is the preferred for the following reasons:
  • Non-admin users can use the installer.
  • Such installations keep users isolated from each other.
  • Per-user installation means security and reliability problems encountered by running as admin are avoided.
For more information about installation contexts, please see this article on Microsoft's website.

We understand that, as a system administrator, you know what you're doing and simply want to install Mu, system wide, on all the machines under your control. In this case, you need to run the installer with the following flags: mu-editor_win64.exe /S /AllUsers

The /S flag tells the installer to work in "silent" mode (i.e. you won't see the windows shown in the screenshots above) and the /AllUsers flag makes Mu available to all users of the system (i.e. it's installed "system wide").

If you encounter problems or wish to give feedback, please get in touch.