Installing the server using the Launchpad

This topic describes how to install IBM® MQ server on Windows systems by using the Launchpad. This procedure can be used for installing a first or a subsequent installation.

About this task

These instructions cover how to display the installation Launchpad window. You can use the launchpad to make a compact, typical, or custom installation of IBM MQ. You can reuse the launchpad multiple times to install further installations. It automatically selects the next available installation name, instance, and location to use. To view all the installation types and the features that are installed with each option, see Installation methods for Windows.

Note that if you have previously uninstalled IBM MQ from your system (see Uninstalling IBM MQ on Windows ), some configuration information might remain, and some default values might be changed.


  1. Access the IBM MQ installation image. The location might be the mount point of the DVD, a network location, or a local file system directory.
  2. Locate setup.exe in the base directory of the IBM MQ installation image.
    • From a DVD, this location might be E:\setup.exe
    • From a network location, this location might be m:\instmqs\setup.exe
    • From a local file system directory, this location might be C:\instmqs\setup.exe
  3. Double-click the Setup icon to start the installation process. It is possible to run either by:
    • Running setup.exe from the command prompt. Or
    • Double-clicking setup.exe from Windows Explorer.

    If you are installing on a Windows system with UAC enabled, accept the Windows prompt to allow the launchpad to run as elevated. During installation, you might also see Open File - Security Warning dialog boxes that list International Business Machines Limited as the publisher. Click Run to allow the installation to continue.

    The IBM MQ Installation Launchpad window is displayed.

  4. Continue to follow the Launchpad instructions as shown on screen.

What to do next

  • If you have chosen this installation to be the primary installation on the system, you must now set it as the primary installation. Enter the following command at the command prompt:
    You can have only one primary installation on a system. If there is already a primary installation on the system, you must unset it before you can set another installation as the primary installation. For more information, see Changing the primary installation.
  • You might want to set up the environment to work with this installation. You can use the setmqenv or crtmqenv command to set various environment variables for a particular installation of IBM MQ. For more information, see setmqenv and crtmqenv.
  • For instructions on how to verify your installation, see Verifying an IBM MQ installation on Windows.
Known problem: The installation of IBM MQ on Windows might fail while installing Microsoft Visual C++ runtime due to a conflict between the runtime merge modules that are installed by IBM MQ and the run time that is already installed on the machine by another product.
If this issue occurs, a message like the one shown in the following example is recorded in the IBM MQ installation logs:
MSI (s) (34:48) [12:07:26:083]: Product: IBM WebSphere MQ 64bitSupport -- Error 1935.
An error occurred during the installation of assembly component {844EFBA7-1C24-93B2-A01F-C8B3B9A1E18E}. HRESULT: 0x80073715. assembly interface: IAssemblyCacheItem, function: Commit, assembly name: Microsoft.VC80.CRT,type="win32",version="8.0.50727.4053",publicKeyToken="1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b",processorArchitecture="amd64"

This problem is due to a known Microsoft issue that is documented in the following Microsoft Support article: https://support.microsoft.com/kb/2643995.

The solution is to download and install latest Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=26347 and then try the IBM MQ installation again.