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How to Install and Activate Rosetta Stone Version 3 on Windows

This installation guide shows you how to install and activate Rosetta Stone Version 3 software on a Windows PC.
Note: Mac users please see How do I install Rosetta Stone Version 3 (Mac OS X)?

Table of Contents
Install Application
Install Language Levels

Install Application

  1. Find the CD labeled Application in the yellow envelope that came in your Rosetta Stone box.
  2. Insert the Application CD into your CD-drive.
  3. Close the pop-up window that appears after you insert the CD (some systems the pop-up window may not be displayed. If you do not see the window you can skip to step 3).
  4. Select your interface language.  Your interface language is your native language , not the language you want to learn.
  5. Click OK
    Install Interface Language
  6. Rosetta Stone will extract the installation files
    Extracting data image
  7. The Rosetta Stone Setup Wizard will appear
  8. Click Next
    Welcome to Set up Wizard
  9. Read and accept the End User License Agreement.
  10. Click Next.
    End User License Agreement
  11. Click Next to install Rosetta Stone to the default folder.
    Destination Folder Screen Shot
  12. Click Install.
    Ready to Install Dialogue Box
    Installing status screen shot
  13. After the installation completes, click finish.
    Completed Set Up
  14. Open Rosetta Stone and add your Language Levels.

Install Language Levels

When you start Rosetta Stone for the first time you will be prompted to install your language levels.

  1. Click Add a Language Level.
    Add a Language Level
  2. Insert your Language CD into your CD drive and wait 15 seconds for the drive to detect the CD. On some Windows computers, the auto-play wizard may open a new window. Close this window.
    Files Currently on CD
  3. Go back to Rosetta Stone and click Continue. The Rosetta Stone program will now search for the language CD that is in your CD drive.
    Insert Language CD into Drive
  4. Click Install selected language
    Select Language to Install
  5. Click Accept, when you see the prompt below, to approve the location of the installation.
    Install Language Files to this Location
    Installing a Language level requires 600 MB of free disk space on your computer’s hard drive.
  6. As the level installs, the following screen will appear, showing how much time is left in the installation process:
    Now Installing
  7. Click Continue after the level has been installed.
    Successful Install


After installing the language/s, you'll be prompted to Activate. Activating unlocks access to all exercises.
  1. Enter your Activation ID in the boxes on the Unactivated Products tab (this can be found on the Activation Card that came in your Rosetta Stone box).
  2. Click Activate on the bottom left corner of the activation window.
    Product Activation Screen
  3. Click Continue.
    Activated Products

To add another language level at a later time, please see this article .

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