Press the Windows key (⊞ Win) and start typing “bitcoin.” When the Bitcoin Core icon appears (as shown below), click on it.

You will be prompted to choose a directory to store the Bitcoin blockchain and your wallet. Unless you have a separate partition or drive you to use, click Ok to use the default.

Your firewall may block Bitcoin Core from making outbound connections. It’s safe to allow Bitcoin Core to use all networks. (Note: you will still need to configure inbound connections as described later in the Network Configuration section.)

Bitcoin Core GUI will begin to download the blockchain. This step will take at least several days, and it may take much more time on a slow Internet connection or with a slow computer. During the download, Bitcoin Core will use a significant part of your connection bandwidth. You can stop Bitcoin Core at any time by closing it; it will resume from the point where it stopped the next time you start it.

After the download is complete, you may use Bitcoin Core as your wallet, or you can just let it run to help support the Bitcoin network.


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