Instructions for Bitcoin Core 0.14.2 on Windows 10
Go to the Bitcoin Core download page and verify you have made a secure connection to the server.
Click the large blue Download Bitcoin Core button to download the Bitcoin Core installer to your desktop.
Optional: Verify the release signatures
If you know how to use PGP, you should also click the Verify Release Signatures link on the download page to download a signed list of SHA256 file hashes. The 0.11 and later releases are signed by Wladimir J. van der Laan’s releases key with the fingerprint:
Earlier releases were signed by Wladimir J. van der Laan’s regular key. That key’s fingerprint is:
Even earlier releases were signed by Gavin Andresen’s key. His primary key’s fingerprint is:
It would be best to verify these keys belong to their owners using the web of trust or other trustworthy means. Then use PGP to verify the signature on the release signatures file. Finally, use PGP or another utility to compute the SHA256 hash of the archive you downloaded and ensure the computed hash matches the hash listed in the verified release signatures file.
After downloading the file to your desktop or your Downloads folder (C:\Users\\Downloads), run it by double-clicking its icon. Windows will ask you to confirm that you want to run it. Click Yes, and the Bitcoin installer will start. It’s a typical Windows installer, and it will guide you through the decisions you need to make about installing Bitcoin Core.
To continue, choose one of the following options.
- If you want to use the Bitcoin Core Graphical User Interface (GUI), proceed to the Bitcoin Core GUI below.
- If you want to use the Bitcoin Core daemon (bitcoind), which is useful for programmers and advanced users, proceed to the Bitcoin Core Daemon section below.
- To want to use both the GUI and the daemon, read both the GUI instructions and the daemon instructions. Note that you can’t run both the GUI and the daemon simultaneously using the same configuration directory.