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Steps for Downloading Microsoft Zune Software

written by: C.D. Crowder•edited by: Tricia Goss•updated: 3/30/2010

In order to use your Zune, you must first download the Zune software. The software is easy to download, install and use. Learn how to download Zune software.

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    What Is The Zune Software

    Unlike many other MP3 players, Microsoft’s Zune requires you to download software in order to use your Zune player. The Zune software allows you to manage all music, videos and photos in your computer’s collection and on your Zune. If you decide to sync your Zune with your computer, the software will automatically update your Zune to reflect your computer’s media collection each time you connect your Zune.

    In addition to just managing your media collection, Zune software also provides access to the Zune Marketplace where you can purchase and download music, games and videos. You can easily change how your Zune interacts with your computer through the Zune software settings. As a side note, the Zune software is only compatible with Windows operating systems. Also, you cannot add or delete files from your Zune without the software.

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    Where To Download

    Before you can download the Zune software, you must have a high-speed Internet connection. Even early versions of the Zune software are at least 50 MB, which will take the better part of a day to download on a dial-up connection.

    The latest Zune software can be downloaded from either Microsoft or the Zune website. You need to have at least 1 GB of RAM and a 1 GHz processor in order to use the Zune software. Click here to download the software from Microsoft. Click here to download the software from the Zune website.

    On the Microsoft site, click the Download button and choose a location to save the installation file. On the Zune website, you have several different download options. The first option allows you to sign up for the Zune Marketplace’s free 14-day trial and download the software. The next option allows you to download the 32 bit version of the software for Windows XP and higher. The final option allows you to download the 64 bit version of the Zune software for Windows Vista and higher. Choose the option that’s best for you and choose where to download the file on your computer.

    If you find you do not like the latest version of the Zune software, you can install a prior version from The version they provide is 3.1.620.0.

    If you need to upgrade your Zune software, open your current Zune software. Select Settings from the top of the screen and then select Software. Select General from the options listed and select Check for Updates. Download and install any available updates.

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    How To Install

    Once you’ve downloaded the Zune software, you’re ready to install. Before installing, download all the latest Windows Updates. Next, double click the Zune installer file you downloaded. Follow the prompts in the installation wizard to set up the Zune software for first use. You can further customize how the software works using the Settings menu in the Zune software.

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    To learn more about using your Zune, read How Can I Put Movies on my Zune? and How to Use Family Safety Settings on the Zune.