How to Install GNS3 on Windows 10

GNS3 is a graphical network simulation program. You can easily operate devices such as Cisco Switch, Router on GNS3.

How to Install GNS3 on Windows 10

How to Set Up GNS3 2.2 (2.2.0) on Windows 10

With GNS3, you can improve your network design and become a network expert. Since this network simulator is a constantly developed program, you should always check for updates to get new features.

Although the logic of this program is very similar to the Cisco Packet Tracer program, the biggest difference is that Cisco IOS images can be used more extensively and in detail.

With this simulator software, you can use IOS images of real Cisco devices for network design on your computer. In other software, IOS images have insufficient and limited features.

The beginner program for the people who study Cisco CCNA exams is Packet Tracer. The GNS3 program more widely used for more advanced and professional network designs.

Before installing the virtual network simulator, you can download the latest version of it from the button below.

Minimum System Requirements

  • Operating System: Must be at least Windows 7 64.
  • Processor: You must have at least Dual-Core processors.
  • RAM (Memory): A minimum of 4 GB is sufficient.
  • Disk Space: Minimum 1 GB is sufficient. However, more space may need for Cisco images.

Recommended System Requirements

  • Operating System: Again must be at least Windows 7 64bit.
  • Processor: 4 or more logical processors. Core i7 is my advice.
  • RAM (Memory): 8 GB is enough. 16 GB is, of course, more stable.
  • Disk Space: I strongly recommend using with SSD disk. You must have a minimum of 35 GB of free space.

In addition to the recommended system requirements; From your bios settings, you can enable the virtualization setting.

How to Setup and Configure GNS3

Follow the steps below to install and configure GNS3, the most advanced network simulator program use to prepare for Cisco exams, on your Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 computer.

   Step 1

After logging in to GNS3 website, click the Free Download button.

Free Download

   Step 2

Since you will install GNS3 on Windows 10, click the Download button under the Windows option.

Download Program for Windows

   Step 3

Wait while downloading GNS3 to your computer.

Downloading Simulator Program

   Step 4

After the download is complete, run GNS3-all-in-one.exe as an administrator to start the installation.

Running the Program as an Administrator

   Step 5

In the Setup window, click Next to begin the installation.

Setup Wizard

   Step 6

Click I Agree to accept the license agreement of the network simulator program.

Accepting the License Agreement

   Step 7

Leave the default setting in the Choose Start Menu Folder window and click Next to continue.

Selecting a Start Menu Folder

   Step 8

In the Choose Components window, select the required applications to be installed on your computer and continue with Next.

Selecting Components

   Step 9

In the Choose Install Location window, select where you want to install the program and click Next.

Selecting an Installation Location

   Step 10

Wait while installing the Cisco simulator program on your computer.

Extracting Files

   Step 11

One of the applications required for GNS3 during the installation phase is WinPcap. Click Next to install the WinPcap software.

WinPcap Installation

   Step 12

Continue the installation process by accepting the license agreement of WinPcap software.

Accepting the WinPcap License Agreement

   Step 13

In the Installation Options window, select the option below if you want to run WinPcap the next time you restart your computer and click Next.

Installation Options

   Step 14

After completing the WinPcap installation, click Finish and continue to install GNS3.

WinPcap Setup Wizard

   Step 15

Now, wait while downloading Wireshark, one of the must-have programs for GNS3. If you do not have an Internet connection, you can install Wireshark on your computer later.

Downloading Wireshark

   Step 16

After completing the Wireshark installation process, click the Accept button to accept the Solar-PuTTY license agreement.

Solar-PuTTY

   Step 17

Enter the email address for Solar-PuTTY use and click Continue.

Typing Email Address for Solar-PuTTY

   Step 18

After completing the GNS3 installation, continue with Next.

Downloading Solar-PuTTY

   Step 19

Click Install to install Intel Hardware Accelerated Execution Manager 7.3.2 (HAXM).

Intel Hardware Accelerated Execution Manager 7.3.2 (HAXM)

   Step 20

After installing the Intel application manager, click Finish and continue the installation.

Intel Hardware Software

   Step 21

If you want to use the Solarwinds tools for free, you can select Yes. If not, select No and click Next.

Solarwinds Standard Toolset

   Step 22

After you have successfully installed GNS3, click Finish to run it.

Running the Simulator Program

How to Add Router/Switch Router Image

After installing and running GNS3, you need to add an IOS image to the program. After you add and configure IOS images of Cisco network devices to GNS3, you will be ready to do your projects. To add an iOS image, click on the image below to see our article!

How to Add Cisco IOS

How to Install Cisco Network Simulator Program ⇒ Video

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   Final Word


You can create detailed networking projects using the graphical network simulator-3 on your Windows computer and work more specifically on Cisco exams. Thanks for following us!

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