Standard installation

NVivo Windows

This topic describes how to install NVivo Windows using the installation wizard (standard installation) and how to enter and activate a license.

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Install NVivo Windows

NVivo Windows is available as a download from

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

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.

  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 an 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.

  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 NVivo Help.

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Activate a license and choose user preferences

You need to activate your NVivo 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. NVivo Windows introduces keyless activation using a myNVivo account. This can be using an individual license a user has purchased, or an enterprise license. If you are an enterprise administrator, please see the enterprise administrator help for how to invite users to use an enterprise license.


To activate using myNVivo:

  1. Start NVivo

  2. On the Activate NVivo dialog, click Sign in to myNVivo and enter your login details.

    • If there are multiple accounts associated with your myNVivo profile, select an account and click Activate.

    • If you are eligible to trial NVivo you can activate the trial by clicking Activate Trial.

  3. Click OK.

  4. 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.

  5. Click OK. 


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

  • If the user does not have an Internet connection, please contact NVivo support for assistance with an offline activation.

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Deactivating NVivo 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 Windows

Before you uninstall NVivo, you need to deactivate it.

You can uninstall NVivo Windows through Control Panel using Uninstall a program.

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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 using Uninstall a program.

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 Express LocalDB 2017
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 SP1 Redistributable Package
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Update 4 Redistributable Package
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Update 3 Redistributable Package
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.8

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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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