How to Install Cisco Packet Tracer 8.0 on Windows 10

Cisco released the latest version of the network simulator software, 8.0, for its users on January 28, 2021. You can download this new version for both Windows and Linux systems from the Download section by logging into Netacad.

How to Install Cisco Packet Tracer on Windows 10

How to Get and Set Up Cisco Packet Tracer 8.0

Packet Tracer 8.0 release, Enhanced Physical Mode, and Network Controller come with two great new features. Compatible with Microsoft Windows 8.1, 10 (32 bit and 64bit), Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (64bit), and macOS operating systems, users can easily install or upgrade this new version on their computers.

The most striking feature of the Packet Tracer is its new visual theme. In this version, you can review the new workspace, improvements, and new devices after installation.

System Requirements


  • Processor: Intel Pentium 4, 2.53 GHz or equivalent
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows 8.1, Microsoft Windows 10 or Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Storage: 1.4 GB of free disk space
  • Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768
  • Language fonts that support Unicode encoding
  • Latest video card drivers and operating system updates


  • Processor: Intel Pentium 4, 3.0 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage: 1.6 GB of free disk space
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Sound card and speakers
  • Internet connection

After explaining the minimum and recommended system requirements of Packet Tracer, let’s examine the installation step by step.

How to Use Cisco Network Simulator in Windows 10

Before proceeding with the installation steps, download the PT for your Windows computer by clicking here. Then, follow the instructions below in order for a step-by-step installation.

   Step 1

You can download PT from the direct download links we publish on our website or you can do this on the Netacad website. Click Login to login to your Netacad account.

Netacad Login

   Step 2

Type your email address and password that you used during the registration phase and click the Sign in button.

Netacad User Account Login

   Step 3

After logging in, scroll down the website and click on the PACKET TRACER area.

PT Downloading on Netacad

   Step 4

After the download window opens, you will be able to see the new version of PT. In this window, you need to download compatible software according to the operating system you are using. In this article, since the installation process will be done on Windows 10 64 Bit, the 64 Bit version has been downloaded.

From the Windows Desktop Version 8.0 English section, click on the relevant operating system kernel version to start the download process.

Windows 10 System Type Selection

   Step 5

Right Click on the Cisco PT setup file you downloaded to your computer and click the Run as Administrator option from the options that open.

Running the Setup File as Administrator

   Step 6

In the PT license agreement window, check the I accept the agreement option and click the Next button to accept the license.

Accepting the License Agreement

   Step 7

In the Select Destination Location window, if you want to change the location you want to install, you can click the Browse button and choose a different location.

Click Next directly to continue with the location selected by the Wizard by default.

Choosing an Installation Location

   Step 8

In the Select Start Menu Folder window, as the name suggests, you can change the name of the folder for the post-installation start menu. Leave the default option here and continue with the installation.

Configuring the Start Menu Folder

   Step 9

In the Select Additional Tasks window, you can create a desktop shortcut and quick launch shortcut for Packet Tracer on your computer.

In this step, you can continue by simply creating a desktop shortcut.

Create Desktop Shortcut

   Step 10

In the Ready to Install window, you can review the configurations required to install Packet Tracer from the image below. If you want to make a change, you can go back to the previous steps.

Click the Install button to directly start copying the files.

Starting Setup

   Step 11

Wait while the necessary files for PT 64 Bit are copied to your system. This process will be completed in about a few minutes!

Extracting Files

   Step 12

After completing the CPT Setup Wizard, click the Finish button to run the simulator.

Starting PT Software

   Step 13

Wait while the Cisco network simulator opens.

Launching PT Software

   Step 14

If the Windows Security Alert warning pops up when you run PT for the first time, click the Allow Access button.

Windows Security Alert

   Step 15

In this step, when you encounter the Cisco login screen, you can log in to the remote server by typing your Netacad account information. Otherwise, if you do not have a Netacad account, just click the Continue as a Guest button to run the program.

Netacad Guest Login

   Step 16

Wait for the required time to login and then click the Confirm Guest button.

Confirming Netacad Guest Login

   Step 17

The working environment of the new version of Packet Tracer after installation is as follows. You can access this window by clicking Help / About to check the version.

Verifying Simulator Software Version


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   Final Word

In this article, we have installed and run the Cisco Packet Tracer which is a must for preparing for Cisco exams on Windows 10, XP, 7, 8, 8.1 or Windows Vista. Thanks for following us!

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