How to Fix When Discord Won't Install

Troubleshooting Discord's installation process

When Discord won't download or install, it blocks you from chatting with the people you love the most, or at least, like to play games with. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can fix it when the discord setup failed.

These instructions work for Windows 7, 8.1, 10 and 11, even though screenshots were taken in Windows 10.

Causes of the Discord Installation has Failed Error

If you're having trouble with Discord not downloading, there are a number of reasons that might be the case—most likely it's a piece of software, or perhaps even your browser, blocking the process.

If you run into the Installation has failed error when trying to install Discord, it's not always clear why it happens. Fortunately, a clean install starting right from scratch almost always fixes the issue.

How To Troubleshoot When Discord Is Not Downloading

If you find Discord not downloading properly, making it impossible to install it in the first place, there are a few things you can try to fix it.

  1. Make sure you are trying to download Discord from the official website. It's possible that you've attempted to download it from an illegitimate source that is more interested in serving you ads and malware than the software you want to install.

  2. Try a different browser. It's possible that the browser you're using has a built in protective extension or application that prevents software downloads.

  3. Reboot your PC and try again. It may be there's some software running that's interfering with Discord downloading properly.

How To Resolve the Discord Installation Has Failed Error

If you can download Discord just fine, but the Discord update installation failed or you encounter various Windows installer errors, you need to clean out your system and reinstall it from scratch.

If you're still having problems, it's most likely the above clean install techniques will help fix any discord installation has failed errors, but if not, there are a couple of other things worth trying too.

  1. Update Windows. It's possible that your version of Windows doesn't meet the minimum requirements for Discord and so the installer is running into issues. A Windows update to the latest version to make sure that you have everything you need to run Discord properly.

  2. Update your drivers. Although unlikely, it's possible a driver conflict is causing your system to have trouble installing applications like Discord. Update your drivers to make sure that's not the problem.

  3. Run a malware scan. Malware can cause all manner of frustrating issues on your PC. If you have a good antivirus client installed, you're probably safe, but it never hurts to run a scan all the same.

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