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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 - 4346.2011
  • Current GM - 4346.1012
Nov 25 — Message about the Recent Warning

Since late last week, some of you will have noticed that we will be blocking outdated versions of the AOL Desktop beta software on 11/30. As a result, many of you on much older versions may have installed AOL Desktop 9.8.2 beta 1. Today, AOL Desktop 9.8.2 beta 1 was added to that list of versions we plan to disable, and this may cause some of you to update twice in a very short period of time.

We apologize for the inconvenience and confusion this may cause. Updating to 9.8.2 beta 2 is important for us and for your ongoing experience in the weeks to come. We will do our best to prevent such rapid updates in the future, however we also hope you understand that, as a part of the beta community, you are likely to see more frequent updates in general — and getting those updates is necessary to continue in Beta.

Nov 24 — The autoupdate for beta 2 has been enabled

In order to help bring as many of you current as possible before next Monday, we've enabled an autoupdate to distribute yesterday's release of 4346.2011. While this has been turned on to help, please do not wait for the autoupdate to get to you. If you've not yet updated to 4346.2011, please do so before 11/30.

Nov 23 — AOL Desktop 9.8.2 beta 2 has arrived!

That's right — Beta 2 (4346.2011) is here and just in time for Thanksgiving!

Among other things, this release brings the following updates:

  • 'Print Preview' is fixed for webpages
  • Header and footer for a printed page is available again
  • Two new menu items for Flash have been added to the Toolbar's Help menu. These are 'Install Adobe Flash' and 'Adobe Flash Settings'
  • Fixed an issue where uninstalling the AOL Desktop would remove shortcuts rather than point them to the version of the software that you upgraded from

Remember - all other versions of the AOL Desktop beta software, including 9.8.2 beta 1, will be blocked on 11/30, so make sure to download and update today!

Nov 23 — Updated, but still getting a Warning?

As you may have noticed, on 11/20 we began warning users on outdated versions of the AOL Desktop software that their version of the Desktop software will become blocked on 11/30. Keeping your software up-to-date is an important part of the process of participating in the beta community, however you may be confused on how to install the latest version.

Unfortunately, it appears several of you may be running into an issue where you've installed the latest version of beta, but when you launch and sign on, you still get the warning. The most likely cause of this experience is that you're launching the older version of the software.

How can I tell what version I'm using? This is easy. Once you've launched the AOL Desktop Software, select "Help" > "About AOL" then look for the 'Revision' section like below. If your version says anything other than 4346.2006, you are not on the latest beta.

But I've installed the beta! There are two (2) parts to installing our software. You first have to download the installer file, that's the "AOL_Desktop_9.8.exe" from the 'Download Now' button in the top-right, then you have to open, or execute, that file; most commonly by double-clicking it.

I've definitely installed the software based on the above instruction. I went through selecting the version to upgrade and everything. It sounds like you may be using a shortcut that was not updated. We manage and maintain 2 shortcuts; the one in the Programs menu, and the one on your Windows desktop. If you're launching from a custom shortcut, or a shortcut that has been pinned to your Start Menu or Taskbar, it may be pointing to an older version of the software. Try looking for a shortcut on your Windows desktop, or within the Programs menu in your Start menu.

I want to manually updated my current shortcut, how can I do that? Regardless of where the shortcut lives, the steps will be the same, though they may vary slightly between versions of Windows. Please note, that we cannot guarantee that a shortcut that has been changed manually will be properly updated when you install a new version of the software.

  1. Right-click the icon you're using to launch AOL
  2. Select 'Properties'
  3. Observe here that the 'Target' box shows the actual name of the file being launched when you double-click the icon — click the 'Open File Location' button in the bottom of this window

  4. Windows Explorer will now open to the location where the 'aol.exe' being launched exists. In the example case, this is: C:\Program Files (x86)\AOL Desktop 9.8.2a
  5. In Windows Explorer, navigate up one level (in this example, to 'Program Files (x86)'
  6. Look for the latest version installed. It should appear as "AOL Desktop 9.8.2" or (as pictured) "AOL Desktop 9.8.2a". Note that each subsequent install of the software with the same version (e.g., 9.8.2) will add a new letter to the end of the directory by default. Make note of the name of the last directory installed. You will need this.
  7. It's the name of the AOL Desktop directory that you need to change manually in your existing shortcut. If the existing shortcut is pointing to "C:\Program Files (x86)\AOL Desktop 9.8.1c\aol.exe", but I have an "AOL Desktop 9.8.2a" directory, then I need to change my shortcut to point to the aol.exe file in the as "C:\Program Files (x86)\AOL Desktop 9.8.2a\aol.exe". Once you've updated the target location to use the most recent directory, click "Apply", then "OK" on the Properties window.
  8. You should now be all set to use the latest version of the software you've installed. Please note that this should not be an issue going forward.

Nov 17 — Direct Download for AOL Desktop 9.8.2 Now Available

AOL Desktop 9.8.2 beta 1 (4346.2006) is now available for direct download using the "Download Now" button in the upper-right of this page.

Please remember that downloading and installing the beta version of this software will put you on the path to receive more frequent beta updates. If you were looking for the latest public version of the AOL Desktop software, please visit Discover AOL.

Nov 10 — AOL Desktop 9.8.2 beta 1 is here!

Greetings Testers!

We're pleased to release AOL Desktop 9.8.2 today, 11/10. Like the past several betas, this release will be delivered using the auto-update mechanism and will not be posted directly. If you have a recent beta version installed, you should get the auto-update. If you have not received the auto-update in the next day or so, please try rebooting your computer.

What's new in Beta 1?

The two core feature updates in this release of AOL Desktop 9.8.2 are:

  • An update to the browser engine
  • A fix for an issue with some videos not playing or displaying properly

There are a couple of known issues in this release as well. These are:

  • Print Preview does not work on the web
  • Print header and footer are missing for printed webpages
  • Uninstalling the AOL Desktop software does not restore the previous AOL Desktop shortcut on your desktop

We could use your help in testing the following areas, however we welcome you to explore other features and share feedback on those as well. Areas of primary focus should be:

  • The sign in experience. Do you notice a difference? Have you encountered any problem signing in?
  • The Welcome Screen. Do you see any issues or problems with the Welcome Screen?
  • Browsing. Is browsing slower/faster/the same? Are you able to continue browsing as you'd expect? Were there videos you could not play before, but appear to be working?

  • 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.

  • 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 9.8.1 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.