Install Parsec App on Windows

This article covers installation and basic configuration of the Parsec app on a computer running Microsoft Windows. 

Install Parsec app on Windows

  1. Download the installer
    • Make sure to get the correct 32 or 64-bit version for your system to avoid issues while installing.
  2. Double click installer to run
  3. Select your preferred install type. Click 'Next'.
    • "Per User" will use different accounts for each user and won't start Parsec until you log into Windows. "Shared" will allow access on the Windows login screen but will also use the same account (SYSTEM) for all users on the computer. 
    • Parsec won't start if you disabled "Run when computer starts" in Parsec's tray icon in the taskbar.
    • Parsec won't start if your Parsec login is invalid. For example, if your password was changed.
    • If other users on your computer have installed Parsec as "Per User", keep in mind that installing as "Shared" will replace their per user install.

Login and connect

  1. Launch Parsec from your Desktop or Start menu and log in or create your account, if you haven't already.
  2. Add a friend via the sidebar, or login with the same account on another computer that can host, then click 'Connect' on your local Windows computer to join the host computer.

Hosting on Windows

Minimum specs:

Operating System CPU Memory GPU
Windows 8.1 / Server 2012 R2 Core 2 Duo or better 4GB DDR3 Intel HD 4200 / NVIDIA GTX 650 / AMD Radeon HD 7750 or better

Recommended specs:

Operating System CPU Memory GPU
Windows 10 / Server 2016 Intel Core i5 or better 8GB DDR3 Intel HD 520 / NVIDIA GTX 950 / AMD Radeon RX 470 or better


Hosting is enabled by default on Windows systems. If, however, hosting needs to be re-enabled for some reason follow the steps below:

  1. Click the 'Settings' cog
  2. Click 'Host' tab
  3. Ensure 'Hosting Enabled' is set to 'Enabled'

Other tips

  • If Parsec doesn't successfully install, it's most likely because your anti-virus is blocking the installation. Please make sure your anti-virus doesn't block it.
  • Be sure to accept the Windows Firewall exception request. If you didn't do this, follow this article on adding a Windows Firewall exception.
  • If you want to run Parsec with hardware accelerated decoding, which lowers latency and improves quality, please confirm that your computer supports it. If it doesn't, make sure your CPU at least supports OpenGL 2 or greater or use the DirectX renderer. If neither of these requirements are met, you will not be able to use your computer to parsec into a gaming PC.

You can also check the articles for the supported hardware for connecting to a computer or hosting your computer.