Standard installation

NVivo 10 Windows

This topic describes how to install NVivo 10 Windows using the using the installation wizard (standard installation) and how to enter and activate a license. Refer to Deployment models for information about other ways to deploy NVivo.

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Install NVivo 10 Windows

You must have administrator permissions for the computer on which you are installing NVivo.

If you are running a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or Windows 8, you will have the option of installing a 32-bit or 64-bit version of NVivo 10 Windows. You should install the 32-bit version of NVivo if you want to work with .mov and .qt video files.

Follow these steps to install NVivo using the wizard:

  1. Locate and double-click the NVivo file that you downloaded—the installation process starts automatically.  If you are installing from physical media, do one of the following:

  • Insert the NVivo 10 USB flash drive—in the root folder double-click NVivo 10 Windows (32 bit).exe or NVivo 10 Windows (64 bit).exe

  • Insert the NVivo 10 DVD—if the DVD menu does not display automatically, double-click the file (NV10Menu.exe). Choose your preferred language and start the installation.

  1. Follow the prompts to:

  • Select a language for the NVivo user interface (if prompted).

  • Install any prerequisite components. You may be asked to restart your computer—on restart the installation will continue automatically.

  • Accept the license agreement.

  • Confirm the location of NVivo program files and choose to include and NVivo icon on your desktop.

  • Choose the supplementary add-ons that you want to install. NCapture is a browser extension that allows you to gather material from the web. The NVivo Add-In for OneNote allows you to bring your OneNote content into NVivo.

  1. Click Install and the installation confirmation is displayed.

  2. Click Finish.

NOTE  If users work with audio and video files, you may need to install additional codecs—for more information, refer to the FAQs on the QSR website.

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Enter and activate a license and choose user preferences

You need to activate your NVivo 10 Windows license—this is a simple and secure process that ensures valid licenses are used to operate the software.

Each instance of NVivo needs to be activated, so if you are installing NVivo in an onsite laboratory or across a network, activation is required from each workstation.

You can carry out all, some, or none of the steps below on behalf of the user. For example, you could enter the license key for the user and leave the license activation and user profile for the user to fill in later.

To enter and activate a license:

  1. Start NVivo.
  2. On the Welcome to NVivo 10 dialog box, choose to trial the software or enter your license key, and then click OK.

  3. On the License Activation dialog box, enter your details. Fields marked with an asterisk (*) must be completed.

  4. Click Activate.

  5. On the User Profile dialog box, you are prompted to set up the default NVivo user profile:

  • Enter the user's name for their user profile—by default it is set to their Windows user account name.

  • Enter the user's initials—these will be used to identify any work that they do in a project.

  1. Click OK. 


  • Participation in the Customer Experience Improvement Program can help QSR International to improve the features, quality and performance of NVivo.

  • With NVivo 10 for Windows Service Pack 2 or later, you can select an interface language for the user. Alternatively, the user can select or change this later using the Application Options settings for NVivo.

  • If the user does not have an Internet connection, they can send an activation request to QSR by email, mail, fax or phone. For more information, refer to the NVivo Help.

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Deactivating NVivo 10 Windows

You can deactivate the NVivo license on a particular computer. For example, if a user gets a new computer, they should deactivate the NVivo license on the old computer, before installing and activating NVivo on the new computer.

To deactivate NVivo via the Internet:

  1. Ensure that you are connected to the Internet.

  2. If you have an NVivo project open, you must close it before you can deactivate the license—click File, and then click Close.

  3. Click File, point to Help, and then click Deactivate License.

  4. Click Yes to confirm.

NVivo deactivates the license and displays a message confirming that the license has been deactivated.

  1. Click OK.

The NVivo application automatically closes.

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Uninstalling NVivo 10 Windows

Before you uninstall NVivo, you need to deactivate it.

You can uninstall NVivo (QSR NVivo 10) through Control Panel.

For computers running:

  • Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8, use Uninstall a program in the Control Panel.

  • Windows XP, use Add or Remove Programs

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Removing prerequisite components

NVivo relies on a number of other components to run, and if they are not already present when you install the software using the setup wizard, NVivo will install them for you. However, when NVivo is uninstalled, these components remain on the workstation.

These components can be removed individually from the Control Panel. For computers running:

  • Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8, use Uninstall a program.

  • Windows XP, use Add or Remove Programs.

You should only uninstall them if you are certain that they are not utilized by other programs on your computer.

The components to be removed, in order, are:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 Express Edition
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
  • QuickTime Player 7 (for the 32-bit version of NVivo 10 for Windows and the 64-bit version of NVivo 10 for Windows Service Pack 5 or later)
  • Windows Media Player 11
  • Adobe Flash Player 11 (NVivo 10 for Windows Service Pack 2 or later)

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Removing supplementary add-ons

If any supplementary add-ons were also installed, you must remove them separately. Refer to the following topics for more information:

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