Download AxCrypt and install
as instructed by the standard installation wizard provided, step by step instructions
follows below. Start by selecting your preferred language, and continue to the end.
If you are upgrading a previous version you may need to restart Windows, and you
will not be asked for the installation location - it will be upgraded in the same
You should verify that the download is undamaged and authentic by checking the digital
signature. Right-click the downloaded file in Windows Explorer, and select 'Properties',
and the the 'Digital Signatures' tab.
Then select the digital signature and click 'Details'. Ensure that the digital signature
is shown as 'OK' and that the signer is 'Axantum Software AB'.
Please provide your e-mail upon installation to get product and/or security updates.
No other information than program name, version, preference and e-mail is sent or
stored. You can change your preference at any time using the Start-menu choice "Axantum
AxCrypt | My Registration Account".
Please report bugs
to me. You're welcome to request
support as well. For other issues, please send me
It's designed to run on Windows 2003/XP/Vista/2008/7. Older versions ran on Windows
95, 98, ME and 2000, but since Microsoft has dropped all support for it and AxCrypt
required features from Windows 2003 and higher, AxCrypt also dropped support for
for these versions during 2008. Version 1.6.3 is the last version to support 98/ME/NT/2000.
Detailed Installation Description
The installation proceeds in a number of steps, as detailed below.
Verify the download and allow elevation
Windows supports automatic verification of digital signatures of executables downloaded
from the Internet such as the AxCrypt installer.
The digital signature gives you some assurance, if properly verified, that the software
is not infected with a virus or contains other hostile code.
AxCrypt is digitally signed by Axantum Software AB so you can ensure its authenticity.
Approve the license agreement
AxCrypt is released under the GNU General Public License which gives you the right
to do just about everything, free of charge, except charge money for it and use
the source code and releasing under a different license. If you're interested in
other licensing agreements - please
You may be offered additional software. You can decline any offers, but please accept
both agreements. See here for
more information, and ways to complete avoid the optional offers.
Accept or Decline any optional offer that appear
The following screen is a sample screen, your actual screen may differ or not appear
Click ‘Install’ after selecting either to accept or not to want to install the offer.
Complete the installation
Click 'Finish' to complete the installation.
We'll provide you with notifications of updates if you request it. There is absolutely
no requirement to do so.
Please - even if you don't want to sign up, just leave the e-mail field empty, don't
enter a dummy or fake address.
That was it. It's all installed and ready to use. See the introduction, features
and how to use for details
on usage. There is no further configuration or setup, it's all ready to use from
the right-click context menu of Windows Explorer.
If you're interested in further discussions about security, usage tips
and advanced command line switches
and registry settings just
follow the links. There is also a section with
frequently asked questions, check that first when you're wondering about
Properly used, you now have extended your Windows capabilities with privacy and