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System Requirements

  • Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8
  • 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
  • 28.8 Kbps or faster modem, or other Internet connection


  • Current Beta - 4343.4039
  • Current GM - 4343.4034
Mar 4 — Beta update required for some beta users

Using the latest version of any beta product is important for testing, however some of you are still on much older versions despite notifications and requests to upgrade at sign on.

Starting today, users on versions prior to 4343.4035 will be prompted to upgrade at sign in, and will not be able to log on until they've upgraded. If this affects you, we apologize for the inconvenience and hope you will download AOL Desktop 9.7.4 beta 3 to continue testing without further interruption.

Users on build 4343.4035 will see a similar pop-up notification at sign in, however you can continue to use that version for the moment — it will also be blocked in the near future, however, so we highly encourage you to update to 4343.4039 as soon as possible as well.

Mar 2 — We have a new 9.7.4 beta release to test!


Thanks to your continued use of the beta client (version 4343.4035) and willingness to share your experiences with us, we've discovered that some of you have been experiencing an occasional crash. We've discovered the root cause and this release (4343.4039) should fix this issue.

Please update to the AOL Desktop 9.7.4 beta 3 release as soon as possible so we can ensure your experience is improved.

While we were at it, we updated the version of Chromium we're using too!

Feb 17 — A letter from Topher (AOL Desktop Product Manager)

Dear Beloved Beta Testers...

We've reached a very important milestone in the AOL Desktop 9.7.4 world. On February 13th, we declared the 9.7.4 client officially GM. We couldn't have done it without you. Your dedication and devotion to testing, helped us put out an absolutely fantastic product. Thank you for that.

As a lifelong user of the AOL Desktop client myself (I created my first screen name in 1989, and still use that name to this day) I'm very proud of the effort that the engineering team has put forth with 9.7.4.

However, our testing journey isn't completed yet (is it ever, really?) We have a new build available for you today, one that will allow you to continue to remain in the Beta community, and will also allow us to communicate with you via client messaging when we have new products for you to test (and there will be some exciting products coming this year.) We may also have additional builds of 9.7.4 for testing at some point in the near future as well.

That being said, I want to again thank each and every one of you that helped test the 9.7.4 Desktop Client. I truly appreciate the effort that you put in.

Topher Baltimore
Product Manager - AOL Desktop Clients