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System Requirements

  • Windows Vista or greater
  • Internet Explorer 7+
  • 266 MHz or faster computer processor; 1024 x 768 or higher screen resolution recommended
  • 1 GB RAM, 512 MB free hard disk space
  • Internet connection


  • Beta1 Update - 11.0.446
May 16 — AOL Desktop Beta 1 Update is live!

We've made some changes based on some of the great feedback that we have received. The best part is, you may have already received this update.

Here are some things that we have updated in this release (446)

  • Fixed an issue that prevented users from selecting the correct spelling of a word from spell check in the browser window
  • Fixed an issue where clicking on a MAILTO link wouldn't add the senders email information to the mail
  • Fixed an issue where renaming the top level Favorite places folder will sometimes crash AOL Desktop
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes AOL Desktop wouldn't play the You've Got Mail sounds when receiving new mail
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes the favorites list would not refresh when changes were made
  • Fixed an issue that was causing the welcome page to open blank when a user was not signed in
  • Fixed an issue where entering your user name in the sign on screen with on the end would not correctly sign you on the first time.
  • Fixed an issue where sending a plain text email would sometimes send blank emails
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes AOL Desktop would crash when launching the browser
  • Fixed an issue where somtimes there were duplicate EMAIL(s) listed on the Search Mail tab.
  • Started work on the carousel to make it customizable in a future release
  • Implemented the NEW/OLD view within the inbox of the mailbox
  • Implemented context menu for the toolbar carousel to move items left and right
  • Implemented print from the read mail window
  • Implemented the ability to drag the favorite places heart from the browser to favorites

These are the things we have been working on so far and could use your help testing:

  • Desktop Icon is a black square for this Beta release
  • AOL Desktop Mail - (Send, Read, Drafts, etc.)
  • AOL Desktop Favorites
  • AOL Desktop Toolbar and menu items - (a few are coming soon, but most of them are in)
  • AOL Desktop Browser - (We will be updating it to the latest version soon)
  • The update mechanism will be tested each time we roll out an update

Here are a few things we are working on but they are not quite ready yet and will be coming soon:

  • Buddy list does not auto start when you sign on. (Click on the IM button to start it)
  • Buddy list looks different, but that familiar look to the AOL Buddy list is coming soon
  • Browser is out of date - We will be upgrading the browser to the latest version soon
  • Importing shortcuts and Saved Mail from older versions of AOL Desktop is coming soon
  • Most AOL Desktop settings are coming soon
  • AOL Keywords are coming soon
  • A brand new AOL Chat is coming soon
  • The ability to customize your toolbar carousel is coming soon
May 2 — AOL Desktop 11 Beta Sneak Preview

Welcome to the all new AOL Desktop 11 Beta 'sneak preview'.

You've spoken and we've been listening! We are rebuilding the AOL Desktop experience from the ground up and we need your help to do it. What makes it a sneak preview? There is a lot of work to be done and we've only just begun. Our goal is to make sure we maintain that 'easy to use' experience you have come to love about AOL.

That's where you come in. We need feedback on specific components. What you like, what's missing, and of course any bugs that you might find along the way.

We plan to deliver updates to this version of AOL Desktop pretty frequently to include changes from your feedback as well as new areas for you to test! This is your chance to help rebuild the AOL Desktop Experience.

We know we have a lot of work ahead of us and during these earlier betas we encourage you to continue using both the 9.8.2 Beta as well as the all new AOL Desktop 11; Compare and contrast the speed, the features, and share your thoughts with us.

----------------------------------- FAQs -----------------------------------

  • How do I recieve the update?

    When you start AOL Desktop, it will automatically check for any updates. If an update is available, the AOL Desktop update mechanism will deliver them while AOL Desktop is running. The update will be applied the next time you close and relaunch AOL Desktop.

  • How do I share feedback about my update experience?

    For right now, we are still relying on the common process of sending feedback to us about your experience on the AOL Desktop (Help > Send Feedback form your menu bar). We are working on bringing the 'community' back to the BETA community, so check back often!

  • Can I use dialup?

    This version of the desktop client was built with the focus on a superior broadband experience. Dialup is NOT available for this beta version.

  • Can I use Parental Controls?

    Parental controls functionality (Web restrictions, usage timers, email restrictions etc) have been removed from this version of the product.

  • Can I use my existing screenname/username and password?

    Yes you can. Any AOL screenname should work with this version of the AOL Desktop software. If you would like to create a new user name for this testing, click here.

  • Can I import my information from previous versions of AOL Desktop?

    Not yet, but soon! Once this feature is added, all your PFC (Personal Filing Cabinet) and Username information will be picked up automagically during the installation process.

  • How can I opt out?

    Right now, identification of the beta testing population is strictly based on the version(s) of the AOL software you have installed. This means, if you still have our beta software on your computer, you're part of the beta testing population.

    To remove yourself from this group:

    1. Download and install the latest GM (non-beta) software. — This software is always available at Discover AOL's AOL Desktop for Windows page.
    2. Uninstall any previous version of AOL Desktop beta software. — It’s important that beta software be removed entirely. If you have a previous version of the beta software installed on your machine, you’ll still receive this update. If you’re uncertain how to uninstall previous software, you can refer to this helpful AOL Help article on the subject.

  • How can I opt in if I don't already have beta software?

    Simply download the AOL Desktop beta software using the "Download Now" button in the top right of this page and you'll be all set-up. Please note that we will be deliving updates to this version frequently, so be sure to fire it up often.