In this article, we will examine how to set up and use the Cisco Packet Tracer version 8.2.0, which is distributed free of charge to Cisco Networking students, on the Windows 10 operating system.
How to Install Packet Tracer on Windows 10 64 Bit
Cisco Packet Tracer allows you to create a network in a virtual environment by simulating real Cisco network devices, firewalls, personal computers, and other devices. Using this software, you can prepare for exams offered by Cisco and improve your networking skills to stay one step ahead of others in the business world.
By using the simulation feature of Cisco software, you can examine step by step how computers on the same network or remote networks communicate over IP addresses. Another example is because corporate networks must have a redundant structure, you can gain experience by creating physical networks in virtual environments.
The Packet Tracer simulation program is compatible with Windows, Linux, and macOS operating systems, but older versions may not support new distributions. That’s why you need to check the system requirements when you need to install the more recent version.
Cisco released the final version of its network simulator software, 8.2.0, to its users in August 2022. You can download this new version for Windows, Linux, and macOS platforms from the Resources section by logging on to Netacad.
Cisco Packet Tracer 8.2.0 (64 bit)
Microsoft Windows 8.1, 10, 11 (64bit), Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (64bit), or macOS 10.14 or newer.
4GB of RAM.
1.4 GB of free disk space.
Cisco Packet Tracer 8.2.0 (32 bit)
Microsoft Windows 8.1, 10, 11 (32bit).
x86 compatible CPU.
2GB of RAM.
1.4 GB of free disk space.
How to Download and Install Packet Tracer
Before proceeding with the installation steps, you can download the Packet Tracer software for your Windows computer by clicking here or you can download it from the Netacad website by following the steps below.
You can download PT from the direct download links we have published on our website, or you can do this through the Netacad website. Click Login to log in to your Netacad account.
Type your email address and password that you used during registration and click the Log in button.
After logging in to Netacad, click on Resources / Download Packet Tracer and then click on the 64 Bit Download link under Windows Desktop Version 8.2.0 English at the bottom of the webpage to download the program.
On this page, 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.
Right-click on the Packet Tracer.exe setup file you downloaded to your computer and click the Run as Administrator option from the options that appear. Then click Run to confirm running the setup file on your system.
In the Packet Tracer license agreement window, select the I accept the agreement option to accept the license and click the Next button.
If you want to change the location you want to install in the Select Destination Location window, you can click the Browse button to select a different location.
Click Next directly to choose to install in the default location in the Wizard.
In the Select Start Menu Folder window, as the name suggests, you can change the name of the folder for the start menu after installation. 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 start copying the files directly.
Wait while the necessary files for Packet Tracer 64 Bit are copied to your system. This process will be completed in about a few minutes.
After completing the Cisco Packet Tracer Setup Wizard, click the Finish button to run the simulator.
Click Yes to enable the multi-user function each time the Cisco network simulator is opened.
You must be logged in to Networking Academy to use the Cisco network simulation software. If you do not want to enter your account information every time, you can activate the Keep me logged in (for 3 months) option.
Type your account credentials again on the Cisco Netacad website and log in.
The workspace environment of the new version of Packet Tracer after installation is as in the image below. You can reach this window by clicking Help / About to check the version.
After clicking the computer icon from the End Devices panel, add two PCs to the workspace from the list containing end-user devices.
Activate the Switch group from the network devices category, and then add two 2960 model Cisco Switches to the workspace.
In the same way, add a 2911 model Cisco Router to the workspace from the network devices category.
Select the Copper Straight-Through cable type from the cabling category and connect one end of the cable to the Ethernet interface of PC0 and then connect the other end to the FastEthernet 0/1 interface of the Switch.
Since the network connection between the Switch and the Router must be fast, connect one end of the cable to the GigabitEthernet 0/1 interface of the Switch and the other end to the GigabitEthernet 0/1 interface of the Router.
Likewise, wire the Switches and PCs connected to the other GigabitEthernet interface of the Router as in the image below. Then, execute the commands below in the CLI command prompt to assign IP addresses to the router’s interfaces and activate the ports.
Router(config)# interface gigabitEthernet 0/1
Router(config-if)# ip address 192.168.1.1 255.255.255.0
Router(config-if)# no shutdown
Router(config)# interface gigabitEthernet 0/2
Router(config-if)# ip address 192.168.2.1 255.255.255.0
Router(config-if)# no shutdown
To assign static IP addresses to PCs on the network, you must use the IP Configuration interface on the Desktop tab. After clicking on PC0, click on IP Configuration in the panel that opens, and assign the IP address 192.168.1.10.
After making the necessary settings, use the PC0’s Command Prompt tool to ping the Router’s GigabitEthernet0/1 and GigabitEthernet0/2 interfaces as well as PC1 on the other network and test the network connection.
Likewise, ping the Router’s GigabitEthernet 0/2 interface on the 192.168.2.0/24 network to which PC1 is connected and test the network connection. If you can access the interface to which it is connected, you will also be able to ping the 192.168.1.0/24 network, as the main task of the Router is to separate the networks.
How to Uninstall Packet Tracer
You can easily do this from your Windows system when new versions of Packet Tracer are released or you want to uninstall them for some reason.
To completely remove the Cisco software you have installed from your system, click Start Menu, click Settings, and then click Apps.
After opening Apps & Features, type the name of the program you want to uninstall as in the image below and click the Uninstall button.
Click Yes in the pop-up window to confirm the complete deletion of Packet Tracer and its components.
After completely removing Cisco Packet Tracer from your system, click OK in the information window and finish the process.