How to Download Spotify for Windows - dummies

How to Download Spotify for Windows

By Kim Gilmour

After registering for a Spotify account, you get taken to the Account Successfully Created page, from which you can download the software. In Windows 7, your Spotify download should start automatically. But, for security reasons, your browser may block this process initially. If this happens in Internet Explorer, a yellow bar appears at the top of the window, informing you about what happened.

Follow these steps to approve the download and install the program:

  1. If the yellow bar appears, click the bar and select Download File from the drop-down list that appears.

    The File Download – Security Warning dialog box appears, prompting you to download an installer file named SpotifyInstaller.exe. (This file isn’t the Spotify program itself; it’s a small program that helps initiate the download process.)

    [Credit: Used with permission from Microsoft]
    Credit: Used with permission from Microsoft
  2. Click Run to download and run the installer file.

    You may see a User Account Control dialog box asking whether you want the installer to make changes to your computer.

  3. Click Yes if the User Account Control dialog box appears.

    The Choose Install Location dialog box appears, prompting you to confirm the destination folder of your installation file.


  4. (Optional) If you want to save the installation file somewhere other than the default Destination Folder, click Browse, navigate to the location, and then click OK.

    Unless you have a specific reason to change it, you probably want to leave the default Destination Folder option, the Program Files folder, as is. Spotify recommends this location as the most logical place for the file.

  5. (Optional) Deselect the Start Spotify when the Installation Is Complete check box if you aren’t quite ready to start playing with it right now.

  6. (Optional) Deselect the Create Icons for Spotify on the Start Menu and on the Desktop check box if you don’t want to add these icons to your computer.

    Keep these options checked. If you do, you can launch Spotify easily by selecting either the shortcut on your desktop or your Start menu. If you choose not to create icon shortcuts, each time you want to launch Spotify, you need to click the Start button, click All Programs, and then look for Spotify from the list of programs that appear.

  7. Click the Install button.

    If you’re not logged in as the administrator, Windows may prompt you for the administrator password in order to install the file. If so, just enter that info to start the installation.