Installing Desktop HotDocs Products

Before installing HotDocs, please refer to the system requirements.

To install HotDocs

  1. Close all open programs, especially any word processors or existing versions of HotDocs you may have open.
  2. Double-click the installation program to begin the installation. If you are running a 32-bit operating system (likely for Windows 8.1) use setup.exe, if you are running a 64-bit operating system (likely for Windows 10) use setup-64.exe.
  3. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
  4. If you need a license other than the 30 Day Trial license, contact your HotDocs representative.

Command Line Installation

The information requested during the install can also be pre-populated if you run the installation from a command line.

You can use either MSI or Setup installers in administrator mode.

The following command-line parameters correspond to values required for installation:

  • (Developer or User) LICENSEKEY=...

Using these parameters, you can create a command line as follows, which would cause the silent installation to use your values instead of the defaults:

setup64.exe /s /v"/qn LICENSEKEY=... DEFAULT_WORD_PROCESSOR=\"Word 2016\""


"HotDocs Developer 11 (64bit).msi" /qn LICENSEKEY=... DEFAULT_WORD_PROCESSOR="Word 2016"

Please use the value "Word 2016" to refer to all modern Microsoft Word versions, e.g.  2016/2019/2021/365.

Use the /x switch to uninstall HotDocs Desktop:

setup64.exe /x

For more information about other general command line options available with msiexec, see