This step-by-step manual guide explains how to install AVG AntiVirus FREE 2017 (version 17) software on all major Windows versions running on your PC or laptop – Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP (32-bit or 64-bit). It assumes you have the software already downloaded and ready to install on your hard drive or external device like a flash drive.
AVG antivirus system requirements are nothing special, and really everyone meets them these days, but if you’re not sure you can check them here.
The whole installation process is really simple and even non technical users will be able to finish. Before you start please make sure you have the administrator access to Windows, without it’s not possible to start the installation process. If you don’t have you need to ask your IT guy to do it for you (it can be also done remotely via Team Viewer for example). Also your computer needs to be connected to the Internet, even if you have the installer downloaded on the flash drive.
Even though this guide is focused on the AVG AntiVirus FREE, you may also use it when installing other AVG products like Internet Security or Ultimate.
1. Run the AVG Setup File (Installer) and Select Installation Type
Locate the installer file called ‘AVG_Protection_Free_1606.exe‘ or ‘AVG_Protection_755.exe‘ on your computer and start the three-step installation process. After the launch the installer will automatically download required files from the Internet, which means your computer has to be connected online (you can’t install AVG in offline mode with no Internet connection).
Once all is download you should get to the actual first step of the installation process.
If the install wizard is not in your language, you can change it in the top-right corner. Your selected language will also be the one in which you will have the AVG user interface and you can’t change it after the installation, so make sure you select the correct language now.
On the first screen you have to choose the type of installation:
- Regular installation (recommended) – AVG will be installed with the default set of components (including Secure VPN, TuneUp).
- Custom installation (for advanced users) – You can select which components and shields you want to install. Unfortunately you can select only from Computer Shield and Web & Email Shield. Also you can select where exactly will be the antivirus installed (default path is C:\Program Files (x86)\AVG).
Unless you are an advanced user, we recommend to go with the regular installation.
After you select the installation type AVG will prompt you with offer to install Internet Security which is premium product, but you can try free for 30 days. To stay with the free version simply click on ‘INSTALL BASIC‘.
2. AVG Account Creation (Zen)
In the next step you are being asked to create a new AVG account or login to your existing one. AVG MyAccount is a place where you can see all your subscriptions, orders and profile. However if you don’t plan to use premium version, you don’t need any account. Just click on ‘Skip for now’ in the bottom and you can use AVG free without any registration.
3. Actual Avast Installation Process
During the third step, you actually do not have to do anything. You can just sit and watch the progress bar show AVG being installed, creating a system restore point, and the AVG files being copied onto your computer. The installation process will take around 2-3 minutes, depending on your hardware, but you can use your computer and do any other activity.
4. AVG Installation Finished (Now You Are Protected)
Once the installation process is finished, simple tutorial promoting main product features will appear. Just click on ‘NEXT‘ to go through it.
And that’s it, now you should have the AVG antivirus successfully installed on your computer. Unfortunately it comes together with the AVG Zen, which is sort of console to manage your subscriptions and devices in the network. It is not possible to install AVG antivirus without it (even through the custom installation).
At this point we strongly recommend to restart computer so Avast is fully integrated and configured for your system.
Known AVG Installation Errors/Problems
Here we will list all known errors/problems occurring during the Avast installation process and solutions how to fix them. If you are having any troubles with the installation, please let us know in the comments below.
System Requirements for AVG Antivirus 2017 on PC or laptop
- Supported operating systems: Microsoft Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP SP2 or higher (any Edition, 32-bit or 64-bit)
- Processor: Intel Pentium 4 / AMD Athlon 64 or above
- Memory: 256 MB RAM for Windows XP or 1024 MB RAM for Windows Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 / Vista
- Space: 2 GB of free hard disk space
- Please note that AVG AntiVirus FREE 2017 won’t work on Microsoft Windows 95 / 98 / ME / 2000 / Server, or any other operating system which isn’t specified above
Although we have used AVG AntiVirus FREE 2017 screenshots in this article, these steps are also applicable for all AVG Antivirus solutions (i.e. also for AVG Internet Security, or AVG Ultimate) running the latest version available.
Steps are relevant for all Windows versions – Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (including Anniversary Update).
AVG has been acquired by Avast in 2016 and the current products share the same engine and backend. However there are small differences in terms of features, see our Avast vs. AVG Comparison to learn more.