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How to install the new Skype on Windows 10

In the article “Types of Skype versions for Windows” I wrote that the new Skype (Skype 8) is officially supported only on Windows 7 and Windows 8, but if you want, you can install it on Windows 10. Today we will talk about how to do it. The problem is that when you try to launch the new Skype’s installer on Windows 10, you receive the following error:
Please install Skype from the Microsoft Store for the best experience
Please install Skype from the Microsoft Store for the best experience

Unfortunately, the developers do not give users the right to choose, and when you press the “OK” button, instead of starting the installation process, the Microsoft Store page opens in order to install Skype for UWP. However, this does not mean that we cannot install the new Skype on Windows 10, especially if we remember that it is officially supported on Windows 7, and what works on this OS should work on Windows 10. The new Skype is no exception, so below I want to show you different methods of how to install it on this OS despite the limitations.

Before you proceed, make sure that you have the new Skype’s installer or download it here. In my examples I use version 8.19.0.1 (the latest version at the moment).

Compatibility Mode

A very simple and quite common way is to run the installer in compatibility mode for another OS. Thanks to this little trick, we are “deceiving” the installer, as if we have another operating system:
  1. Right-click on the Skype installer
  2. Select “Properties”
  3. Go to the “Compatibility” tab
  4. Check the option “Run the program in compatibility mode”
  5. Select the option “Windows 8” and click “OK”
  6. Start the Skype installer and follow the installation instructions.
Start the new Skype in compatibility mode for Windows 8

Silent Installation

The installer of the new Skype is created using Inno Setup, which means that it supports various command line parameters. One of them is the /silent argument, which, in our case, among other things allows to bypass the operating system version check. Thus, to install the new Skype on Windows 10, you need to run the command \path\to\installer\skype_8.19.0.1.exe /silent using the command line, shortcut, or the following method:
  1. Press the key combination Win+R
  2. Use the mouse to drag the installer on “Run” window that appears.
  3. In the “Open” field, at the end, add  /silent (before “/” the space is required).
  4. Click “OK” and wait until the installation is complete.
Silent Installation of the new Skype

Portable version

I’m a fan of portable apps, and if you share my love for them, instead of installing Skype, I recommend you to create a portable version. This method does not install the new Skype on Windows 10, but extracts installer files bypassing the OS version check. Of course, after that we can use the new Skype without any restrictions (besides, as a bonus you will get the opportunity to run several Skype accounts).

I ask to tell in the comments what method helped you, and why you chose it. Also, I will be grateful for any additional tips.

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