Installing bliss in Windows 8

bliss icon on the Windows 8 Start screen

Windows 8 is the latest iteration of the Microsoft Windows consumer operating systems. It brings a suite of, primarily, usability changes. Windows 8 has a user experience more tablet-like than previous versions, supporting touch screen control.

bliss installs and runs just fine on Windows 8. This blog post walks through the installation process, with special pointers as required.


bliss is distributed using an installer. First, download the latest setup.exe from bliss's Windows download page. Once you get to the download page, here's how it looks in IE:

Downloading bliss for Windows 8

Either click Run or Save. If you save the file, run it once the download is complete. You'll probably get the following challenge:

UAC challenge when starting bliss installer for Windows 8

Click Yes if you want to continue installing.

The first thing the installer will check is whether you have Java installed. Java is a programming environment bliss requires. bliss comes with its own copy of Java 6. If you don't have Java already installed, you'll get this message:

Deciding which Java runtime environment to install

It's best to click automatically install the Java runtime environment provided with this software. On the next page, click Install > to begin the installation process.

You might get invited to install a "FREE Browser Add-on from Ask". Deselect the Install the Ask Toolbar... checkbox and click Next >. Frankly, I find it embarrassing that the installer recommends this, and I apologise, but the contents of the Java installer itself are out of my control. The Java installation process should now run.

Installing a Java runtime environment

Once that's complete, you'll get the first page of the bliss installer:

bliss installer first page

Click through the pages of the installer with Next, and customise the install as you see fit. There should be no hard questions at this point! You'll soon get to the final page:

bliss installer final page

Click Quit. We're now ready to run bliss!


You can run bliss either from the Start screen or via a shortcut bliss places on the Desktop. Try running from the Start screen:

Run bliss from the Windows 8 Start screen

You may get a security alert similar to:

Security alert when running bliss

Click Allow to make sure bliss can communicate with its online servers.

Once it's running, the Windows 8 interface will switch to the Desktop and you'll see a message from the System Tray:

System tray bubble to say bliss is running

Click the bubble and your default browser will open to bliss's UI:

bliss's UI being shown in Windows 8

So that's it, bliss is up and running! The next step is to configure your rules to organise cover art, fix file paths, consolidate genres or any of the other things you can do with bliss!

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Dan Gravell

I'm Dan, the founder and programmer of bliss. I write bliss to solve my own problems with my digital music collection.