Install DaVinci Resolve 18.5/18/17 (Windows 2024 Update!)

davinci resolve installation

Wondering how to install DaVinci Resolve (version 18.5/18/17) for free in 2023?

Follow this step-by-step guide to quickly get started on how to download and install Resolve on Windows.

To install DaVinci Resolve free version, first download the official Resolve setup from the BlackMagic Design website. Fill in your details (which is mandatory), then click on “Register and Download”. Then extract the file and follow on-screen instruction to install DaVinci Resolve.

The process for installing both DaVinci Resolve versions 18.5, 18 and 17 is the same.

If this is your first-time installation of Resolve, you can proceed further.

But if this is your update from a previous version to a new version, then you need to take a backup of your database – which is critical.

Read about updating DaVinci Resolve to latest version here.

Let’s dive right in!

Before installing you must first download the official DaVinci Resolve.

Navigate to the BlackMagic Design Support Center website. Click on the “DaVinci Resolve and Fusion Software” section under “Select a Product Family”. Then, under the “Latest Downloads“, locate the latest free version and click on the “Windows” or “Mac OS” button based on your OS. The file will be downloaded as a zip file.

I highly recommend the below detailed guide which covers the download process and the download issues that you might face:

Download DaVinci Resolve 18.5/18/17 the Right Way!


How to Install DaVinci Resolve 18.5/18/17 on Windows 10?

  • Extract the downloaded zip file.
  • Double click on the .exe file.
Resolve installation extraction
  • The process will start with the installation of “Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable” (if you don’t have already in your computer, which is a pre-requisite)
Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for DaVinci Resolve.
  • Make sure to install all the necessary pre-requisite steps.
  • In the “DaVinci Resolve Installer” window, uncheck all the options except “DaVinci Resolve 17.0…”.
In the "DaVinci Resolve Installer" window, uncheck all the options except "DaVinci Resolve 17.0...
  • Click on “Install“.
  • Click on “Next” in the “Welcome to the DaVinci Resolve Setup Wizard“.
  • Read and then Accept the license agreement.
  • Click on “Install“.
  • The installation will start.
  • Then you will get the below screen:
DaVinci Resolve installation completed.
  • Click on “Finish“.
  • Click on “Ok” for “Installation Complete”.
  • Done!
  • Launch your DaVinci Resolve and start playing with it.

If this your first Resolve installation, you’ll get the “Welcome tour” screen:

DaVinci Resolve 17 Welcome tour
  • You can skip the tour.
  • In the next step, you might get a “Quick Setup” window. You can click on it or skip.
  • If you click, then Resolve will do a quick system check – operating system and graphics card – to see if your computer is good enough to run it.
Resolve will do a quick system check
  • Click on “Continue“. In the next window, Resolve will ask to set up your project.
  • Choose the relevant resolution. (You could always change later.)
select resolution for davinci resolve project
  • Click on “Continue“.
  • In the next window, Resolve will ask you to select your media storage folder.
  • After that, Resolve will ask you to select keyboard layout. Select whichever applies to you. If you’re a beginner, select DaVinci Resolve layout.
Select your DaVinci Resolve keyboard layout.
  • Click on “Continue” and you’re all set.
  • DaVinci Resolve should successfully launch.

If DaVinci Resolve doesn’t launch or start, then check this out – “14 Ways to Fix DaVinci Resolve Not Opening Issue“, where I discuss in depth on various fixes like doing a clean un-install, updating graphics drivers, etc.

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How Long Does DaVinci Resolve Take to Install?

A first time brand new DaVinci Resolve installation will take around 5 to 10 minutes. Installation involving updates to latest build will be within 5 minutes.

Do I Need to Install DaVinci Resolve Panels?

No need to install DaVinci Control Panels during the installation process unless you have hardware panels like DaVinci Resolve Micro, Mini, or Advanced panels.

hardware panels like DaVinci Resolve Micro, Mini, or Advanced panels.

DaVinci Resolve 18.5 Won’t Install on Windows 10

If you get any error messages while installing Resolve:

  • Make sure to restart your computer and then try installing again. Sometimes a Windows update could interfere with the installation.
  • Make sure you have installed the pre-requisite files like “Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributables“.
  • If the issue still persists, try to download and install the previous version from the BlackMagic Design Support Center.

After successfully installing and launching DaVinci Resolve, you might face the below issues:

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