How to install Minecraft on PC

Minecraft is a very famous video game, everyone has played it at least once in their life … except you! But now you want to fix it and you’re here to get some clarification on how to install Minecraft on PC, right? Perfect. Then don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place.

Give me five minutes of your time and I’ll show you step by step how to download Minecraft to your computer. To be even more precise, we will first see what are the hardware and software requirements necessary for the correct functioning of the game (I anticipate immediately that a medium-power computer with any operating system is enough), then we will see how to register on the official Minecraft website without which it is not possible to play – and finally we will find out how to download the videogame in full version (at a price of 19.95 euros) or in trial version (free).

You know what? Perhaps it will take even less than the previously feared five minutes. It’s all so simple that in no time you will find yourself catapulted into the fantastic world of Minecraft ready to search for construction materials, make tools, shelters and weapons to defend yourself from enemy attacks. So, are you ready to get started? The fun starts now!

What do you need to install Minecraft?

You don’t have to have a particularly powerful computer to play Minecraft. The game runs on most PCs in recent years and is compatible with both Windows and Linux and Mac OS X. This is the complete list of its hardware requirements.

  • Processor: Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 (K8) at 2.6 GHz.
  • RAM:
  • Integrated GPU: Intel HD Graphics or ATI Radeon HD Graphics with OpenGL 2.1 support.
  • Dedicated GPU: Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT or AMD Radeon HD 2400 with OpenGL 3.1 support.
  • Free space on hard disk:

On the software front, Minecraft ensures compatibility with all popular versions of Windows, OS X and with the main Linux distros. However, don’t forget to install Java, otherwise the game won’t work.

If you have not yet installed Java on your computer, connect to the software website and click first on the Free Java Download button and then on Accept and start the free download. Once the download is complete, follow the procedure that best suits your operating system.

If you are using a Windows PC, open the jre-xx-windows-x64.exe file and click first on Yes and then on Install and Close to complete the setup. If you are asked to download promotional content (eg the Yahoo! toolbar), remove the check from the appropriate item and click Next to decline.

If you are using a Mac, open the dmg package in which Java is contained, start the Java 8 Update xx executable, click on the Open button and type the password of your user account on OS X (the one you usually use to access the system). Then click on the Install assistant button and finish the setup by first pressing Next and then Close.

Download Minecraft on the PC

You are now ready to install Minecraft on PC, but first you need to create a free account on the game’s website, otherwise you won’t be able to access the game’s website.

Therefore connected to the Minecraft website, click on the Register item located at the top right and fill out the form that is proposed to you. I don’t think there is a need to explain in detail how to carry out this operation, in any case I tell you that in the Email address and Repeat email address fields you must type your e-mail address while in the Password and Repeat password fields you must enter the password you want to use to log into your Minecraft account. In the drop-down menu Date of birth, as easily understood, there goes your date of birth.

When you have finished filling out the form, click on the Create account button and you will receive an email containing a verification code that you will need to type on the Minecraft website. Then open the email you received from Minecraft, enter the verification code in the appropriate text field and click on the Verify email button.

At this point, you decide whether to continue with the purchase of Minecraft (which costs 19.95 euros) or whether to download the game in a trial version. In both cases, to download Minecraft you have to go back to the home page of the site, log out of your account (by clicking on the appropriate item located at the top right) and select the link Already bought the game? Download it here located in the right sidebar.

On the page that opens, click on the Minecraft.msi item if you use a Windows PC or on the Minecraft.dmg item if you use a Mac and the game will be downloaded instantly to your computer.

Play Minecraft

At the end of the download, to install Minecraft on PC, open the MinecraftInstaller.msi file you just downloaded from the game’s website and click first on Yes and then on Next twice in a row, Install and Finish to complete the installation process of Minecraft.

If you are using a Mac, open the dmg package that contains the game, select the Minecraft icon and drag it to the Applications folder of OS X. That’s all, the game installation is complete.

Now start the game (using the icon that appeared on the Windows desktop or in the OS X LaunchPad) and wait for all the files necessary for its operation to be downloaded from the Internet. That’s about 40MB of data, so it might take a few minutes.

At the end of the download, log in to Minecraft using the account data you created earlier and click on the Play button (or Play demo ) to download the latest data necessary for the game to work and access its main menu.

Then click on the Options button at the bottom, select the Language item from the menu that opens and select Italian from the menu for language selection.

After this step, all you have to do is go back to the game’s initial menu and start your first game of Minecraft. If you have downloaded the demo version of the game, you will be able to play for 1 hour and 40 minutes (5 days in the game world).

If you need a hand to play Minecraft, check out my tutorial on the topic in which I explained how to get started in this fun game. Also take a look at the posts where I explained how to play multiplayer on Minecraft, how to build a house or shelter and how to customize the game by applying skins and mods to it.

In case of problems with the functioning of the game, try to update Java to the latest version available or force the update of Minecraft by following the guide I have dedicated to the topic.


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