How to Install Kodi 17.0 (Krypton) for Windows

Greetings and welcome to our installation guide for Kodi Krypton. A quick cautionary note before we get started. At the time of this review, Krypton is still in alpha. However, we will go ahead and install it. With the commitment of the Kodi team to switch to a RERO (release early, release often) style of development, we have no doubt that the stable version of Krypton will be forthcoming. As long as you are ok with an alpha build of Krypton and understand you may experience bugs, you should be fine. You will notice that there is a place to submit a bug report. All of this said, let’s speak a little about Kodi.

Kodi is an open source media streaming software that was formerly known as XBMC (Xbox Media Center). That’s right, Kodi was originally developed for the Xbox. If you Google search Kodi, you will still see it referred to by it’s old name from time to time. Since the split, volunteers have assisted in making this versatile software what it is today.

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Kodi 17.0 (Krypton) Install Guide

In this guide, we are going to install Kodi 17.0 (Krypton) on our Windows 10 machine. When installing Krypton, understand that there are a few steps to go through. Because of this, we suggest tagging this post so you may refer to it if you plan on using Kodi for Windows. While you may already have some computer knowledge, it is not necessary if you follow this guide. Your first step is to download Kodi (Krypton) from the website, as seen below. Because we are using the Windows version in this case, you will want to click the installer link.

Kodi 17.0 (Krypton) Install

Now, go to where you saved the file and run the installation wizard. In the image below, you will see the first two screens. Click Next, and I Agree.

Kodi 17.0 (Krypton) Install

Now, decide where you want to put Kodi. Although you are given a default location, feel free to install it wherever you wish. We like using the desktop because it makes it easy to find. If you would rather not have a folder on the desktop, you can always make a shortcut to the program. The final step in the installation wizard asks you if you want to run Kodi now by providing you with a check box. If you are installing Kodi to use later, leave this box blank. Otherwise, checking the box will open up a screen like you see below. This means you have successfully installed Kodi. To help you get started, we will provide you with some great add-ons to help you view your favorite programming.

Kodi 17.0 (Krypton) Install

If you used Kodi 16.1 (Jarvis), you will notice some huge differences right out of the gate. Because of that, we will show you where to find the important settings. This new default skin for Krypton is called Estuary. Like Jarvis,  Krypton defaults to full screen mode. Let’s change that first, and then we will go through the other items. In the image below, an orange arrow points to where the settings are located. Click the Gear.

Krypton Settings

The next screen you will see is the one below. Click on System Settings.

Krypton Settings

All settings for Krypton are located here. It is nice to see that they are not all spread out. Once you click on System Settings, you will see several options. As you see by the heading labeled Display, the words Display Mode are highlighted. Click the arrow to the right of the words Full Screen #1 to switch to Windowed mode. Where the gear says Standard (circled in orange), there are different levels of settings available. They are Basic, Standard, Advanced, and Expert.

Krypton System Settings

Now go back to the Home Screen. To look at this screen, you might think the place to enter a new source for your add-on would be in the Add-ons section. Instead, the arrow in the image below points to a folder that is the File Manager. This is where to click so you may add a new source.

Krypton Add Source

Go ahead and click the folder to bring up the screen below automatically. As you can see, Add Source is located here.

Krypton Add Source

Once you click on the circled item, you will see the Add File Source box. We will now show you how to enter a source.

How to Add a Source in Kodi 17.0 (Krypton)

Let’s say that you wanted to obtain one of the most popular wizards in the community, the Ares Wizard. This add-on has several uses, including a tweak for settings to help your Kodi program run more smoothly, some cleaning tools, and it has some popular builds. To install this add-on, make sure you are in File Manager, and that you click the Add Source heading. Next, you will see the Add File Source box we just mentioned. Click the blue bar where the word <None>.

Krypton - Add File Source

When you click there, you will pull up the next screen. This is where you will enter your Ares Wizard information. For this case, enter exactly, and click Done.

Krypton Add File Source

Now, you can name it whatever you want, but we suggest you use something like Ares Wizard and click OK. In the highlighted box below, you can see that is now in your list.

Krypton - File Manager

From here, go back to the home screen. The easiest way to do this in Windows is to use the escape key (unless you are Chuck Norris, then there is no escape).

Krypton - Install from zip

Make sure you are on the screen where Add-ons is highlighted on the left side. From here, click on Enter Add-on Browser. You will now see five options. The one you will use in this case is Install from zip file.

Krypton - Add-on Browser

You may get a warning message like this one that says this process is disabled. Click on Settings, find the heading that says Unknown Sources, and move the slider to the right. This will work no matter what degree of settings you are using.

Krypton Disabled Message

Now that we have that out of the way, you should see a screen resembling the one below. From this point, click on the Ares Wizard, and then the file inside. It should be labeled something like Keep in mind that it can take a few minutes to install, so do not get impatient.

Krypton - Install from zip file

The next step is to go back to the home screen where the add-ons heading is located. That will bring up the screen below. Select Program add-ons.

Krypton - Program Add-ons

Once the wizard is installed, you will see it listed below. On occasion it will show up as failed like you see here, but ignore that. Click on the highlighted box to bring up the Ares Wizard.

Krypton Programs List

Now that the Ares Wizard is opened, you can investigate builds, browse add-ons, and more.

Ares Wizard

It would be wise to do a backup of Kodi before you start installing or trying new builds. Fortunately, this wizard will ask you if you want to do so. Saying yes is the smart thing to do there. The builds that Ares has are among some of the most popular in the community for a few reasons, one of them is the list of add-ons it incorporates. However, we offer you a word of caution before you start using the add-ons located in the builds. We strongly advise connecting to ExpressVPN when using Kodi. This will help you protect your privacy and allow you to get around any geo-restrictions that you may encounter. It is important to take measures to protect yourself online.