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title: Shoko Desktop - Windows Setup
excerpt: How to install Shoko Desktop on Windows.
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<p class = "lead">This guide is designed to get Shoko Desktop installed and properly setup so you can start organizing your anime collection.
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<h2 id = "mandatory">Do I Need To Install Shoko Desktop?</h2>
<p>The short answer is <strong>Yes</strong>.</p>
<p>Shoko Desktop is the front-end that is used to manage the Shoko environment. While the WebUI is progressing, the desktop is still your
first and best place to go to to manage Shoko.
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<p>Shoko Desktop is also not a standalone system, it requires you to run Shoko Desktop on another (or the same) device. Think of Shoko
Desktop as an interface for the magic the server portion does!
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<h2 id = "install">Installing Shoko Desktop</h2>
<p>If you haven't already done so, you'll need to download and install <a href = "/server/install_windows.html" target = "_blank"
rel = "noopener"> Shoko Server</a>. Without Shoko Server, Desktop is dead in the water.
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<p>The installation process is straight forward. You install Desktop like any other application. If you haven't already download the
client from the
<a href = "https://shokoanime.com/downloads/" target = "_blank" rel = "noopener">Shoko Website</a>. Afterwards, run the
EXE that's in the ZIP file, you might have to run this as Administrator, however afterwards you will be able to run it as a normal user.
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<h2 id = "first-run">First Run</h2>
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<p>With Shoko Server and Desktop installed you can run the Desktop client. The first thing you will be asked for is to input the IP
your server is hosted on.
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<p>Fill in the IP of the server you are using, this could be the same device, or a remote server. After that press "Test and Save"</p>
<p>A login field will pop up, by default you can use the username "Default" and an empty password to log in.</p>
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<p>If everything went well, you should now be on the Settings page of the desktop. Congratulations!</p>
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<a class = "nav-link" href = "#mandatory">Is Shoko Desktop Mandatory?</a>
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