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 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.
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
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.
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.
Type your email address and password that you used during the registration phase and click the Sign in button.
After logging in, scroll down the website and click on the PACKET TRACER area.
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.
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.
In the PT license agreement window, check the I accept the agreement option and click the Next button to accept the license.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wait while the necessary files for PT 64 Bit are copied to your system. This process will be completed in about a few minutes!
After completing the CPT Setup Wizard, click the Finish button to run the simulator.
Wait while the Cisco network simulator opens.
If the Windows Security Alert warning pops up when you run PT for the first time, click the Allow Access button.
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.
Wait for the required time to login and then click the Confirm Guest button.
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.
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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!