Step 0: Promise to read Step 2 before telling us the game will not
Step 1: download.
Click on the link below to download NetHack.
Depending on your browser you may need to
right-click so that the file is saved to disk and not displayed.
NetHack-362-win-x86.zip (about 5.2M)  (MD5 sum: b189c83e58a87319a89e578846af28ae)
Contains two executables - an Intel Win32 tty console executable
and an Intel Win32 Graphical Interface executable. This may be used on
machines running Windows 7/8.x/10
Step 2: unpack.
These files can be unpacked with any standard unzipping utility, which
should be used when you have set your current directory to the location
where you want to place NetHack.
Some people have attempted to run the game from inside an unzip utility -
this will not work. You must
extract the contents of the .zip file to a new
folder and run the game from that folder. Do not remove (or
copy) the executable from the folder (you can create a shortcut to it
Step 3: edit.
Edit defaults.nh to adjust your settings preferences.
If you are using a non-U.S. keyboard arrangment, you may want
adjust your keyboard handling using the "altkeyhandler"
and/or "subkeyvalue" config file options. See the
for more information.
Step 4: run.
Save and bone files are compatible between these two executables.
- for the tty interface
- for the graphical interface
this page for information on setting the
window and font size.