Wireshark/Install

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Wireshark is a free and open source packet analyzer used for network troubleshooting and analysis. These activities will show you how to download and install Wireshark.

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Preparation[edit]

To prepare for this activity:

  1. Start Windows.
  2. Log in if necessary.

Activity 1 - Determine System Type[edit]

To determine system type:

  1. Use msinfo32 to display the system type. The system type will either be X86-based PC or X64-based PC. X86-based PC is a 32-bit system. X64-based PC is a 64-bit system.
  2. Close msinfo32.

Activity 2 - Download Wireshark[edit]

To download Wireshark:

  1. Open a web browser.
  2. Navigate to http://www.wireshark.org.
  3. Select Download Wireshark.
  4. Select the Wireshark Windows Installer matching your system type, either 32-bit or 64-bit as determined in Activity 1. Save the program in the Downloads folder.
  5. Close the web browser.

Activity 3 - Install Wireshark[edit]

To install Wireshark:

  1. Open Windows Explorer.
  2. Select the Downloads folder.
  3. Locate the version of Wireshark you downloaded in Activity 2. Double-click on the file to open it.
  4. If you see a User Account Control dialog box, select Yes to allow the program to make changes to this computer.
  5. Select Next > to start the Setup Wizard.
  6. Review the license agreement. If you agree, select I Agree to continue.
  7. Select Next > to accept the default components.
  8. Select the shortcuts you would like to have created. Leave the file extensions selected. Select Next > to continue.
  9. Select Next > to accept the default install location.
  10. Select Install to begin installation.
  11. Select Next > to install WinPcap.
  12. Select Next > to start the Setup Wizard.
  13. Review the license agreement. If you agree, select I Agree to continue.
  14. Select Install to begin installation.
  15. Select Finish to complete the installation of WinPcap.
  16. Select Next > to continue with the installation of Wireshark.
  17. Select Finish to complete the installation of Wireshark.

Note: If you encounter compatibility errors, such as with installing WinPcap on Windows 8, try using Compatibility Mode.

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