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Install the WhatPulse client on Windows

The WhatPulse Windows client is fairly simple to install. You can either watch this short video of how to install, or you can check out the stop by step instructions below the video. If you'd like to install WhatPulse using the command prompt, check out the last chapters on this page.

Installation steps

  1. Navigate to the Downloads.
  2. Click the Download for Windows button.
  3. Open the downloaded the whatpulse-win-latest.exe file. The WhatPulse Installer Setup window opens.
  4. In the WhatPulse Installer Setup window, follow the prompts to complete the installation.
  5. If you'd like to measure network statistics, click "Yes" when asked to install NPCAP.
    1. Note: you will need administrative permissions to install NPCAP. If you are installing WhatPulse on a computer where you do not have administrative permissions, the installer will ask you to give it administrative permissions.
  6. Select all the default options for the NPCAP Installer.

If you are installing without administrative permissions, make sure to install WhatPulse into a folder where you have access. Do not use the default C:\Program Files\WhatPulse - use a directory in your home or desktop.

After you complete the installation and enable system permissions, you are greeted by the welcome screen. Now, you can choose to log in to an existing account or create a new one.

Creating a new WhatPulse account

  1. Click "Register Account" and click Continue. The WhatPulse website opens in a new browser tab.
  2. Complete the registration form and activate your account.
  3. After you activate your account, you can create a new computer profile. The website will show you how to create this computer profile and link it to the computer you're installing WhatPulse.
  4. When the computer profile is created, the WhatPulse software automatically logs in and start monitoring your stats.

Using an existing WhatPulse account

  1. In the WhatPulse client Welcome screen, click on Login. The WhatPulse website opens in a new browser tab.
  2. Sign in to your WhatPulse account.
  3. In the Authorize Client page, do one of the following:
    • If you are reinstalling WhatPulse on a computer that you have used before, click Use an existing Computer.
    • If it's a new computer, click Create a new computer.
  4. After you select or create a create a computer profile, the WhatPulse client automatically log in and start monitoring your stats.

Installing via the command prompt

To make the installation process more efficient, the installer allows you to install WhatPulse with just a single command in the Windows terminal. Please follow the steps below:

  1. Navigate to the Downloads.
  2. Click the Download for Windows button.
  3. Open a Windows terminal by pressing Win + R, typing cmd, and pressing Enter.
  4. Navigate to the directory where you have downloaded the whatpulse-win-latest.exe file.
  5. Run the following command to install WhatPulse:
    1. whatpulse-win-latest.exe --root %programfiles%\WhatPulse --accept-messages --accept-licenses --confirm-command install
  6. Wait for the installation process to complete. Once finished, you can close the command prompt.
  7. WhatPulse will open when it's done installing. When it's open, you can refer to Creating a New WhatPulse Account or Using an Existing WhatPulse Account to log into WhatPulse and start collecting statistics.

That's it! You have successfully installed WhatPulse using the command line.


When you are using remote deployment tools, you can download the latest WhatPulse installer to a central file repository from where the remote computers can retrieve it for their installation.