NOTE: It is strongly recommended that you use Install Manager to install Studio. For help installing Studio 4.8+ with Install Manager, see this article.
This article explains how to download and install DAZ Studio 4.8+ Pro. At the time this article was written, DAZ Studio 4.8 Pro was offered free through DAZ 3D's website. At this time, the version is 188.8.131.52. You may be provided with a later version of the installation after this article is written. This article shows how to use the legacy Bitrock installers to install Studio. You are encouraged to use Install Manager which can download and install the current build of Studio 4.8+ Pro easily.
DAZ Studio 4.8+ is an application. To obtain the installers, you must log into your DAZ 3D account (My Account) and then go to 'Product Library.' At this time, DAZ Install Manager does not support downloading and installing DAZ Studio 4.8+ or other applications.
On the 'Product Library' page, type 'DAZ Studio 4.8' without the quotes into the search window. Press 'Filter' and you should see DAZ Studio 4.8 Pro appear, if you have already put through an order for this application. If you have not, then put through an order for the product, starting here: http://www.daz3d.com/daz-studio-4-pro
In Product Library, click on 'DAZ Studio 4.8 Pro' and you'll see the download links on the right side. Download the installers appropriate for your platform (Mac or Windows) and bit-version. The installers are mentioned below.
These instructions are for a default installation. If you are a new user, it is recommended that you follow the default settings for ease of use.
Before downloading the ZIP file for DAZ Studio 4.8+ Pro, check the system requirements page to ensure that your computer meets or exceeds them: https://www.daz3d.com/daz_studio
DOWNLOAD INSTALLER FILES
The software is provided as multiple installer files. You'll need to create and log into a user account on our site and then put through an order for the free software. At this time, Studio 4.8+ Pro is offered free. You will not be charged in the future for this order.
There are several installers provided. Some are for the DAZ Studio 4.8+ application. The other installers are for plugins and the help file. These are the choices for the DAZ Studio 4.8+ application. The bold type is the name and description. The type immediately below is the actual file name that you will download.
DAZ Studio 4.8.x 32-bit - exe - pc
DAZ Studio 4.8.x 64-bit - exe - pc
Choose the version appropriate for your platform and bit version. For example, if you are using the 64-bit Mac (10.5 or higher), then you should use this installer: DAZStudio_184.108.40.206_Mac64.zip. You can even choose to have both the 32-bit and the 64-bit versions installed. By default, they install to different folders.
There are several installers. Some files will install the DAZ Studio 4+ Pro application and others will install plugins (add-ons) for DAZ Studio 4.
RUN THE APPLICATION INSTALLER
Install the DAZ Studio 4 application. Use the file that is appropriate for your system. If you have a 32-bit system, you can only install the 32-bit version of DAZ Studio 4. If you have a 64-bit system, you can install both the 32-bit and 64-bit as they install by default to different folders. In this article, we will install the 64-bit version.
BEFORE YOU INSTALL
Your computer should be fully updated from Microsoft Windows Update.
As with all application installations, it is recommended that you disable your antivirus and firewall software before you launch the installer for DAZ Studio 4+ Pro. This helps prevent interference from these security applications that could potentially corrupt the installation.
Make sure you are logged into a Windows account with full admin rights. If you are using an account with limited rights, the installation of DAZ Studio 4+ will not work properly.
Double-click the icon to begin the installation. After a brief, small splash window, you will see the Welcome Screen:
LICENSE AGREEMENT SCREEN
Now you will see the 'License Agreement' screen.
Read the agreement and then click 'Accept' and 'Next -->' to proceed with the installation.
The next screen is the Content Agreement. Read the agreement and then click 'Accept' and 'Next' to proceed.
DAZ CONTENT MANAGEMENT SERVICE
On the next screen, you will see the DAZ Content Management Service screen. We recommend that you leave the box unchecked. This will ensure that the Content Management Service installs to the default path and uses default settings. If you check the box, you are saying you want to customize the paths for this component. It is not recommended that new users customize the Content Management Service. Click 'Next' to proceed.
These are the recommended directories for the Content Management Service and for Content in Windows. The second path shown is for content and is the recommended path in Windows Vista and Windows 7. Please note that where you see 'Kraig' in the screen shot below, you will actually see your Windows User account name instead.
The path for content in Windows XP is here:
C:\Documents and Settings\[Your User Account]\My Documents\DAZ 3D\Studio\My Library
Click 'Next' to proceed.
At this point, if you have never installed DAZ Studio 4 on your PC, installation will begin in earnest.
PREVIOUS INSTALLATION DETECTED
If you have already had DAZ Studio 4 installed, you will be prompted to allow the installer to remove the previous version of DAZ Studio 4. Click 'Next'
The installer removes the existing installation.
READY TO INSTALL
At this point installation begins in earnest. Click 'Next' to proceed.
INSTALLATION OF FILES
Now the installer writes all the files necessary for DAZ Studio 4+ Pro. Towards the end of the installation, the installer will provide some basic content, including the Genesis base figure, and the 2005 and 2010 Microsoft Visual C++ Libraries.
INSTALLATION ENDS and IMPORTANT NOTES
The writing of files ends. You can click 'Next.'
Now click 'Finish' to end.
GENESIS STARTER ESSENTIALS
The undifferentiated Genesis human figure and some add-ons are provided free at this time for new users. Genesis is also the base product for many morph, character, and clothing add-ons. It's necessary to download and run the installer for the Genesis Starter Essentials that is also provided with the downloads for DAZ Studio 4.5.
Genesis Starter Essentials 1.1 - exe - pc
Download the installer for the Genesis Starter Essentials that is appropriate for your platform (Mac or Windows). The file is nearly one gigabyte in size, so be patient. If the download times out, you may need to delete the portion of the file you have, clear your browser's cache and cookies, and retry the download. You can reset your downloads in your account in "Itemized Order History."
After you've downloaded the installer for the Genesis Starter Essentials, you'll need to unzip it and merge the files to your existing runtime properly. This reason alone is good enough cause to consider using Install Manager. In Windows, it is relatively easy to merge files together, but if you do it incorrectly, you'll have no way to remove them without search for them individually or deleting the whole content runtime and starting over. On the Mac platform, there's no feature that ships with the OS that enables you to merge files and folders.
When you launch DAZ STUDIO 4, you will be asked for a serial number. You can find this serial number in your DAZ 3D account in 'My Account' --> 'My Serial Numbers.'
You can also run the appropriate installers for the 3D Bridge and GoZ plugins. The bit version of the plugin installer should match the bit version of DAZ Studio 4 that you have installed. If you have already activated DAZ Studio 4 as the Pro edition, then you will not need to activate these plugins.
The aniMate2 and Decimator plugins are not activated with the free DAZ Studio 4 Pro. To obtain a serial number to activate these plugins, they must be purchased separately from our store.
OTHER USEFUL LINKS
CONTENT INSTALL PATH
HOW TO INSTALL CONTENT INTO DAZ STUDIO 4
IMPORT MAPPED DIRECTORIES (SUCH AS FROM POSER AND DAZ STUDIO 3)