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How do I install the TurboTax software for Windows?

Before installing TurboTax on a PC, it's best to close any open programs, including firewall and virus-protection programs (but don't forget to turn them back on after installation is complete).

Installing from a download: Simply double-click the downloaded file to launch the installer. Find your download.

Installing from the CD: If installation doesn't start automatically after you insert the CD into your computer's CD drive, follow the directions below.

Tip: If you bought the CD but your computer lacks a CD drive, you can request the downloadable version.

  1. Hold down the Windows+R keys to open the Run window.
  2. Click Browse, and then navigate to the TurboTax CD on your CD/DVD/RW drive (usually Drive D).
  3. Double-click the setup.exe file to begin the installation.
  4. When you get to the Your product is installed, now let's activate it screen, enter your license code in the License code box, and select Continue to complete installation.
    • It’s a 14-digit combination of letters and numbers (XXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX) that can be found on your CD box insert, envelope, or packing slip, or in your Download confirmation email and/or order history. Need help finding it? Go here.

That's it! When you're ready to do your state return, we'll walk you through the state download and installation.

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