RStudio installation on Windows 10

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Due to the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and its related disease 😷 COVID-19 employees and students at Wageningen University & Research are all working from home. Students taking Statistical Courses taught by Mathematical and Statistical Methods at Wageningen University & Research will most likely use R. Some of these courses (e.g. MAT-20306, MAT-32806, and MAT-50303) mainly use RStudio. Also other courses (e.g. HNH-31506 and BIF-51306) taught at Wageningen University & Research use R via RStudio as well. Therefore, students will need to be able to install RStudio.

This post will show how to install RStudio on a privately owned desktop or laptop computer running Windows 10 as operating system.
The installation instructions in this post are not to be used on WURclient desktops or laptops!


At the time this post was written the latest stable release of RStudio is version 1.2.5033. The post has been updated to the current stable release version 1.3.1073

Download RStudio using the following link: RStudio v1.3.1073 (ca. 171.62 MB)

For newer versions of RStudio the steps described after the download are the same, but starting with a newer version of the RStudio executable file.

RStudio Installation

Prior requirement for the installation of RStudio:

To be able to install RStudio you will need to have R installed first. If you haven’t done so already, please first install R on your Windows 10 computer (use the link above to go to that specific post).

To install RStudio on Windows 10 perform the following steps:

  1. Open the downloaded file RStudio-1.3.1073.exe. This file will most likely reside in your Downloads folder of your user account.
  2. Allow to install the software on your computer.
  3. After the installler has started, a Welcome window will appear as displayed below. Click the ‘Next’ button to proceed. Welcome to RStudio Setup.
  4. Now the RStudio Setup will allow you to select the installation location by selecting a destination folder, as shown in the image below. Leave the default specified folder or, if you know what you are doing, select an alternative installation destination folder, then click the ‘Next’ button to continue. RStudio installation location selection
  5. Next the RStudio Setup allows choosing a Start Menu folder, as displayed below, where the RStudio shortcut to start the program will be put. Click on ‘Install’ to start the installation of RStudio. RStudio Start Menu folder choice
  6. Once the installation of RStudio has finished, the window will look like the one shown below. Click the ‘Finish’ button to close the setup. RStudio installation completed
Congratulations, 😆, you now have RStudio v1.3.1073 installed on your private Windows 10 desktop or laptop computer!
Maikel Verouden, Ph.D.
Maikel Verouden, Ph.D.
Researcher | Lecturer | IT contact person

My research interests include Statistics, Teaching and programmable matter (statistical software).