How Do I Install AOL Desktop on My PC?by Paul Higgins
First launched in the 1990s, AOL Desktop is a one-stop software suite that allows you to access all of AOL's services -- such as AOL Mail or AIM -- in addition to browsing the Web. You can install the application or upgrade to the latest version by downloading the AOL Desktop setup file from AOL's website and following the installation wizard.
Visit the [AOL Desktop download page](http://discover.aol.com/aoldesktop97/) in your regular browser and click on the "Download It for Free" button to download the installation file. Double-click on the downloaded file to start the installation process. Please note that a dialog box may ask you to allow the application to make changes to your computer. Click on "Yes" to proceed. AOL Desktop now downloads additional files. When the download progress indicator reaches 100%, a new dialog box appears.
Click on "Continue Install" to allow AOL Desktop to close any running AOL applications. If one or more AOL applications are currently open, save any work in progress before proceeding.
Select "Upgrade Existing Version" and choose the appropriate version from the drop-down menu if an older version of AOL Desktop is currently installed on your computer. If this is a brand new install, click on "Install New Version" instead. Finally, select "Continue."
Select the appropriate AOL Desktop settings and click on "Continue" to proceed to the final screen. Please note that the settings on this screen also affect other browsers on your computer. For instance, selecting "Set AOL Search as your default search provider" and "Set AOL.com as your default homepage" also changes Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome's default search engine and home page.
- check AOL Desktop's hardware requirements are rather modest, with 128MB of RAM, 250MB of free hard drive space, a screen resolution of 800 x 600 or higher and a broadband or dial-up Internet connection needed to properly run the program. On the operating system side, your computer should run Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8.1.
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