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A Beginner’s Guide to Installing Node.js on Windows

Node.js Installation Guide for Windows: A Beginner's Journey By SPRWork InfoSolutions
Node.js Installation Guide for Windows: A Beginner's Journey By SPRWork InfoSolutions

Node.js is a powerful runtime environment for software development machine learning, and building scalable server-side applications using JavaScript. If you’re a Windows user eager to explore this world, you’re in the right place. This step-by-step guide will help you install Node.js on your Windows operating system.

 

Step 1: Downloading Node.js:

To get started, you need to download the Node.js installer for Windows. Visit the official Node.js website at https://nodejs.org and click on the “Downloads” tab. The site will automatically detect your operating system and recommend the appropriate installer. Choose the “LTS” (Long-Term Support) version for a stable and reliable installation.

 

Step 2: Running the Installer:

Once the installer is downloaded, locate the file and double-click on it to run the installation wizard. You may encounter a security prompt; simply click “Yes” to proceed.

 

Step 3: Choosing Installation Options:

The installation wizard will guide you through several options. Here’s a breakdown of the key choices you’ll encounter:

 

1. License Agreement: Read the license agreement and accept the terms to continue.

2. Destination Folder: Choose the folder where you want Node.js to be installed. The default location is usually fine, but you can choose a different directory if you prefer.

3. Components: By default, all necessary components are selected for installation. It’s recommended to leave the default options checked, as they include npm (Node Package Manager) and other essential tools.

4. Add to Path: Enable the “Automatically install the necessary tools” option, which adds Node.js to your system’s PATH variable. This allows you to access Node.js from any command prompt or terminal window.

 

Step 4: Completing the Installation:

After selecting your preferred options, click the “Install” button to start the installation process. The progress bar will show the status of the installation. Once complete, a confirmation message will appear.

 

Step 5: Verifying the Installation:

Open a command prompt or PowerShell window to ensure that Node.js has been installed correctly. Type the following command:

                     node -v

If Node.js has been installed successfully, you’ll see the version number displayed in the output. Similarly, you can verify the installation of npm by typing:

                      npm -v

This command should display the version of npm installed on your system.

 

Step 6: Updating Node.js and npm (Optional):

To keep your Node.js installation up to date, it’s recommended to periodically update it. Node.js releases new versions with bug fixes, performance improvements, and new features. To update Node.js, simply revisit the official Node.js website, download the latest installer, and run it. The installer will handle the upgrade process seamlessly.

 

Similarly, you can update npm using the following command:

                      npm install -g npm

This command updates the npm package globally on your system.

 

Congratulations! You’ve successfully installed Node.js and its Web Development Packages on your Windows machine. Now you can build powerful server-side applications using JavaScript. Remember to regularly update Node.js and npm to stay updated with the latest features and improvements. Happy coding!

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