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System Requirements

  • Windows Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10
  • 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 - 4346.14
  • Current GM - 4346.13
Aug 21 — GM beta release now available for download!

The beta version of the GM release is now available for direct download. You can pick it up using the 'Download Now' button to the right. Remember, though, by using the beta software you're agreeing to receive automatic updates with the latest version each time a new one becomes available.

Aug 12 — GM beta release is distributing via auto-update

Starting today, users who still have previous beta versions should receive an automatic update using the new auto-update process to bring them up-to-date with a beta version of the GM release. This new version, 4346.14, is a parallel build with the GM. By installing and continuing to use this beta version of the GM, you're allowing us to send you updates when the next beta release becomes available.

Interested in joining still? Download and install the previous 9.7.4 beta version from the 'Download Now' button in the upper-right and you'll receive the auto-update to the latest version shortly thereafter. We should have a full install for this version in the near future.

Aug 10 — We've GMed!

That's right. AOL Desktop 9.8 went Gold Master on August 10th and was made available for public download. Unlike previous betas, we rolled a fix into the GM release that addressed a crash that occurred while users on Windows 10 were working in email.

While the public GM is available on Discover AOL, and you're welcome to download it, we will be delivering you and auto-update for a parallel beta release of the GM release, so stay tuned for that as well.


  • What can I expect in 9.8.0?

    AOL Desktop 9.8 addresses several things we've heard from the community at large.

    • The need for a more seamless, less involved update mechanism to keep the software up-to-date, but not burdensome.
    • An updated browser to address some sites messaging as well as further build on built-in browser features, like printing, spell check and the Password Manager released in 9.7.
    • Improve text size controls over your mailbox list view for those who have high resolution monitors.

    Since we've made quite a few changes in this release. Please make sure to send us feedback about anything you see or experience!

  • How can I download the 9.8.0 software directly?

    Typically we make the beta software available for direct download immediately, however the update process for this software is so important and critical that we'll be delaying the direct download of 9.8.0 for, at the very least, several days.

    We highly encourage you to participate in the update part of this test. This is your opportunity to weigh in on and help influence the direction of future updates for the AOL software.

  • How can I test the update process again?

    Great question! In order to re-test the auto-update mechanism, you need to:

    • Uninstall this beta software — Uninstall AOL Desktop 9.8.0. We won't try to update you again if you already have the update installed.
    • Ensure you have previous beta software installed — We're using the beta software installed on your machine as the trigger to tell us you need an update. If you don't have beta software still installed, or you're uncertain, you can download the latest beta version of AOL Desktop 9.7 (4343.4047) using the Download Now button in the top right corner.
    • Be a little patient — The update will not start immediately. It may take a couple hours before the update begins. Please note that you may want to reboot following the uninstall of the previous version of 9.8 to trigger it sooner.
  • How do I share feedback about my update experience?

    Aside from the common process of sending feedback to us about your experience on the AOL Desktop (Help > Send Feedback form your menu bar), we will be delivering you a pop-up on your first sign in of the 9.8 software as well. From here we’ll be asking you to send feedback or complete a survey about the update process.

  • Are there specific areas you would like me to focus my feedback on?

    Although we have made many changes within the desktop experience, there are a couple key areas that we are actively collecting feedback to make immediate changes to. These are:

    • Update Mechanism — This is the update mechanism that's traditionally been known as SUDs (Software Updates). This experience should be much improved, but we want your take on it.
    • Browser elements — This includes items like the Spell Checker, Password Manager & Print utilities.
    • Mail Font Settings — By popular demand, you now have additional control over your mail text size. These settings are available in KEYWORD: MAIL SETTINGS
  • 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 9.7.4 beta software using the "Download Now" button in the top right of this page and you'll be set-up to receive the auto-update! Please note that it may take a little for the 9.8 update to be triggered and download.