Installing Lotus Notes on a PC

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This KB Article References: Lotus Notes
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Last Updated: August 11, 2020
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Installing Lotus Notes on a PC Before You Begin

  • To install software you must have Administrative Rights to your machine. Without these rights the installation will not complete.
  • If you do not have a Lotus Notes account you can request one by logging onto After you have been notified by the Computer Accounts office that your account has been set up, go to the same website to download your ID file to your desktop, MySBfiles folder, CD or flash drive.
  • Always keep a copy of your ID file in a secure place as backup. Your MySBfiles folder is the perfect place to store it.
  • If you are going to install Notes at home or on another computer you must take the copy of your ID file with you. Every time you change your password you must save a new copy of your ID file because your ID file contains your password.

Step 1: Download the Software

Download the software from Softweb:

  • Click Lotus Notes under Email & Telnet
  • Click the Direct Download link next to the recommended version of Lotus Notes
  • At the dialog box click Run

If you see this dialog box, click Run


Step 2: Install Lotus Notes

The Installation will begin automatically...

Click OK


Step 3: Establish a Network Connection

If you are on a network connection (ie: in your office), be sure that your network connection is in place. If you are in a remote location (ie: your home, out of town, or on a laptop not connected to the network), you must establish an internet connection now.


Step 4: Copy Your ID File


Now you can copy your Notes ID file to the C:\lotus\notes\data folder



Step 5: Open Notes and Complete the Client Setup

Click the icon on your desktop.

Click Next

In the Your name box enter your full first and last name, as listed in SUNYSB’s Address Book. Type the following in the Domino Server box: .Make sure that I want to connect to a Domino Server is checked.

Click Next

Click the Browse button

Locate your Notes id file in the c:\lotus\notes\data folder
Double click it to select it
This will bring you back to the Client Configuration dialog box
Click Next


Enter your Notes password and click Log in

From the Notes Homepage click the Mail icon to go to your inbox.



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