RStudio installation on Windows 10

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Motivation

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! For a WURclient desktop or laptop see the post: Custom RStudio installation on a WURclient computer.

Two ways to install R are offered here:

  1. WUR AppStore. This is the RECOMMENDED way!
  2. Manual installation for those who, for whatever reason, do not want to use the WUR AppStore.

1. WUR AppStore

The WUR AppStore is the place where you will be able to download, link to, or virtually access the software you need for your study programme and courses. Not only during, but also for self-study after, the computer practical’s and courses.

Prior requirement for the installation of RStudio via the WUR AppStore:

The WUR AppStore currently contains RStudio version 1.4.1717 under the name RStudio 1.4.

2. Manual Installation

Download

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 2021.09.0 Build 351 (named “Ghost Orchid”).

Download RStudio using the following link: RStudio 2021.09.0 Build 351 (ca. 156.88 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For newer versions of RStudio the steps described after the download are the same, but starting with a newer version of the RStudio executable file.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-2021.09.0+351.exe. This file will most likely reside in the 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 in Figure 1. Click the ‘Next’ button to proceed.
Welcome screen RStudio Setup.
Welcome screen RStudio Setup.
  1. Now the RStudio Setup will allow you to select the installation location by selecting a destination folder, as shown in Figure 2 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.
RStudio Installation Location Selection.
  1. Next the RStudio Setup allows choosing a Start Menu folder, as displayed below in Figure 3, where the RStudio shortcut to start the program will be put. Click on ‘Install’ to start the installation of RStudio.
Setting the RStudio Start Menu Folder.
Setting the RStudio Start Menu Folder.
  1. Once the installation of RStudio has finished, the window will look like the one shown below in Figure 4. Click the ‘Finish’ button to close the setup.
RStudio Installation Completion.
RStudio Installation Completion.
Congratulations, 😆, you now have RStudio 2021.09.0 Build 351 installed on your private Windows 10 desktop or laptop computer!
Maikel Verouden, Ph.D.
Maikel Verouden, Ph.D.
Researcher | Lecturer | IT & Organization contact person

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