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Kodi 18.0 (Leia) Released: Here is How to Update (Beta) Version on Windows 10

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Kodi developers had released their first Krypton series in February 2017. The Kodi 17.0 (Krypton) was released on February 5, 2017. Many bugs were reported by users in March 2017 but developers released Kodi 17.1 till Kodi 17.6 (Krypton) in order to fix all the existing bugs.

Kodi 17.6 is the most stable version till date. However, in March 2018, XBMC developers tested the beta version of Kodi 18.0 but users reported a huge bug to developers. Later, developers reverse it for further improvements.

But, recently Kodi 18.0 (Leia) has been released under beta testing. Though, the first Alpha testing was done in December 2017 but currently Alpha 3 testing going on.


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I’ve been using Kodi 18.0 for the last two weeks and noticed some remarkable changes in UI and layout. However, it’s under beta testing, so we can’t rely on it completely. Anytime, any modification is possible.

In this two week journey, I noticed some new features of Kodi 18.0 (Leia). Many visuals have been changed and included some new features.

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If you wanna try Kodi 18.0 (Leia) on your device and can’t wait for the stable release then follow this guide to update on Windows 10.

How To Update Kodi 18.0 (Leia) on Windows 10?

If you already using Kodi 17.6 or earlier version on Windows 10 then you first need to uninstall it. Once you uninstall Kodi 17.6, you’ll be able to install Kodi 18.0 on Windows 10.

So, I’ve divided this tutorial into two segments-

  1. Uninstalling old version (clearing old data).
  2. Installing a newer version (Kodi Leia).

Part-1: Uninstall Kodi 17.6 (Older) version

So, first we are going to delete the existing version from our computer and then we’ll install Kodi 18.0 Leia.

Step-1: Open Control Panel

Go to search option and write control panel. Now, open Control Panel on your Windows 10.

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Step-2: Click on Uninstall a Program

Click on Uninstall a Program option to remove Kodi 17.6 on Windows 10

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Step-3: Double click on Kodi

Double click on Kodi icon to remove it from your device.

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Step-4: Click Next

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Step-5: Click Next

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Step-6: Check Yes and click Uninstall

You’ll see an option that- Yes, I’m sure and grant permission to also delete the profile folder. Check this box and choose Uninstall.

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Step-7: Wait… Kodi is uninstalling

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Step-8: Hit Finish

Boom, you have successfully deleted the older version of Kodi from your device. Now, you can install Kodi Leia v18.0 beta.

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Part-2: Install Kodi 18.0 (Beta) version

In the above steps, you’ve removed the older version of Kodi and associated folder. Now, here we are going to install Kodi 18.0 Leia on Windows 10.

Follow the steps along with me-

Step-1: Go to Download link

First of all, you need to visit the download page of Kodi to get the beta release of Kodi 18.0. Choose the Windows OS from the list.

Go to this link- https://kodi.tv/download

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Step-2: Go to the Pre-release section

You don’t need to download from the regular page. Because you again end with downloading Kodi 17.6. So, go to the pre-release section. Then select the 64bit installer of Beta 2.

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Step-3: Double click on setup file

Go to the download folder of your device and double click on the setup file you downloaded in the earlier step.

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Step-4: Click Next

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Step-5: Click “I Agree”

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Step-6: Click Next

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Step-7: Click Next

Step-8: Click “Install”

Step-9: Wait… Kodi 18.0 installing

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Step-10: Run Kodi 18.0 Leia

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So, here is end of the installation process. Select Run and hit Finish button to launch Kodi 18.0 on your Windows 10 device. Now, you can enjoy all the beta features of Kodi Leia.

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Paschal Okafor is NaijaTechGuide Team Lead. The article Kodi 18.0 (Leia) Released: Here is How to Update (Beta) Version on Windows 10 was written by Bablu Yadav. The article was last modified: September 15th, 2018

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