How do I install CurrentWare?

There are two components you need to install to get CurrentWare running on your network.

  1. CurrentWare Server and Console
  2. CurrentWare Clients

1. Installing the CurrentWare Server & Console

Pick a computer to install the CurrentWare Server/Console on. Usually, this is installed on a person’s computer that is responsible for managing the other computers on the network.

Recommended install locations:

Note: When installing CurrentWare, we recommend installing and connecting SQL Server as the database.

Installation Instructions:

  1. Run the CurrentWare.exe setup file
  2. Accept the terms in the License Agreement
  3. Select the CurrentWare Solutions you want to install.
    • AccessPatrol: Block USB and external devices
    • BrowseControl: Web Filter and Application Blocking
    • BrowseReporter: Internet Activity Tracking
    • enPowerManager: Remote Power Management
  4. The Installer will proceed to install the CurrentWare Server, Console, and the solutions onto your computer

Next Step: Obtain your cwServer computer name for the client install

Go to Start menu > type in CMD and press the enter key to launch the command prompt. In command prompt, type in Hostname. This will display the computer name of your CurrentWare Server. Write this down, you will need to for the client install.

2. Installing the CurrentWare Client

The CurrentWare Client is required to be installed on the computers you want to manage. There are four methods to install the CurrentWare Clients.

Install Method #1 – Run the cwClientSetup.exe Setup File Locally

This is the easiest and most straight-forward method to install the CurrentWare Client.

Take the CurrentWare Client setup file from your CurrentWare Server computer and run it locally on each computer you want to manage. You may want to put the setup file on a USB key or on your network drive for easy access.

The cwClientSetup.exe setup file is located in the following directory:

C:\Program Files (x86)\CurrentWare\cwClient\cwClientSetup.exe

Run the cwClientSetup.exe to begin your installation.

CurrentWare client setup console.

CurrentWare Server Name: The installer will ask you for the IP address or computer name of the CurrentWare Server to establish a connection. Make sure you have this information handy during the Client installation.

Client Password: You may change the CurrentWare Client password during the installation (the default CurrentWare Client password is Admin).

After the CurrentWare Client is installed, it will connect to your CurrentWare Console and show up on the computer list.

Install Method #2 – Active Directory Client Deployment

Install Method #3 – Command Line Deployment

For installs involving a large number of client computers, you can use this CurrentWare Client Install command line to perform the installation.

Z:\cwClientSetup.exe /qn ALLUSERS=1 USERPARAMS="-p Admin -ds" /norestart

Replace the values that are bolded in the command line.

  1. Replace Z:\ with the network location of your cwClientSetup.exe file.
  2. Replace the value after -ds with your CurrentWare Server IP Address or Computer Name

Optional Parameters:

  • /qn: Install the CurrentWare Client in Quiet mode
  • /norestart: the computer will not restart after the install

Install Method #4 – Remote Client Install from the desktop console

This feature is currently unavailable on the web console.

For your initial deployment, you will have to go to the CurrentWare Desktop Console to do remote setups.

You can access the CurrentWare Desktop Application by going to C:\Program Files (x86)\CurrentWare\cwConsole from your Server PC and running cwConsole.exe. From there you can follow the steps on the CurrentWare Desktop Tab or visit the remote Install page.

Important! Windows Firewall and User Access Control (UAC) must be disabled on your target computers.

The Remote Client install is a built-in feature of the CurrentWare Console.

You can open the Remote Client Install window from Install > Remote Client Install.

The computer name of your CurrentWare Server is filled out automatically.


Important! the option “Reboot Client systems after installation” will restart your client computer after the remote install. Uncheck this option if you prefer not to restart the computers.

Add the computer name or IP address of the computers you want to install the CurrentWare Clients on.


Put in the Administrator name and password for the target computer. This could be the local administrator account or the domain administrator account.


Click Finish to complete the installation.

After the CurrentWare Client is installed, it will connect to your CurrentWare Console and show up on the computer list.


Having trouble with Remote Client Install? Check out the Troubleshooting Tips for Remote Client Install guide

If you have further issues with your CurrentWare Solutions, contact our technical support team.

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