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Getting started with Skype (Windows desktop)
Never used Skype before? Don’t worry, it’s easy to get started.
All you need to do is download Skype to your computer and sign in with your Microsoft account.
This guide will show you how to download and install Skype, and sign in for the first time.
Important: If you're using Windows XP, be sure you've updated Windows to Windows XP Service Pack 3. Running this update will ensure that you don't have any post-installation issues with Skype. Learn about the update here.
Downloading the latest version of Skype for Windows desktop
It’s easy to download the latest version of Skype for Windows desktop:
Go to the Skype website and select Get Skype for Windows desktop.
Save the Skype installation file and then open it to install Skype on your computer.
If you don’t want Bing to be set as your internet search engine, uncheck the Make Bing my Search engine box before you click Continue.
If you have an antivirus software on your computer, it may ask you to give Skype permission to go ahead with the installation. Don’t worry, it only happens once – just click Yes to proceed.
Your Skype installation starts. When it is complete, Skype opens and the sign-in screen is displayed.
Signing in to Skype for the first time
To begin using Skype, you need to sign in first. You can sign in with your:
No matter which of the three options you choose, you’ll be able to use all the great Skype features such as free Skype-to-Skype calls, chatting with your friends and more.
Now you’re ready to add your first Skype contact!