From all the BitTorrent clients I have tried in the past, uTorrent is my absolute favorite, mostly thanks to its small resource footprint and ease of use. I wasn’t too pleased when I looked for uTorrent for Windows 10, 8.1/8 and discovered that they did not have an official app or a customized client.
However, when I tried the old Windows 7 client, I discovered that uTorrent is compatible with Windows 8. Meanwhile, the development team has created a client app for uTorrent, which we’ll be taking a look at in a few moments.
While this app cannot download torrents on its own, it is however quite useful for monitoring. But for now, let’s talk a bit about uTorrent for Windows 10, 8.1/8 – the desktop app.
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uTorrent for Windows 10, Windows 8 – Desktop App
If you are like me, then you are always looking for new legal torrents to download every day, and if this is the case, you will be as thrilled as I was when I found out that uTorrent is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8 and therefore, can be used for our daily downloading tasks.
There is no configuration that needs to be done in order for you to use uTorrent and it works just as fast as it did on previous versions of Windows. Although, there are some settings that you must do in order for you to start using the uTorrent Client app for Windows 10, Windows 8. I’ll show you exactly how to configure it so you can manage your torrents from your Windows 10, Windows 8 device.
uTorrent Client App for Windows Windows 10
The uTorrent Client app is available in the Windows Store for purchase ($2) and while it does not work as the desktop program, it is, however, a great manager for your torrents. It works similarly to the uTorrent Remote app for Android and it allows users to connect to the computer they are running uTorrent and see the progress of their downloads.
Also, it allows you to pause, resume or stop torrents that are on your list but it goes one step further, allowing users to add torrents to the download list. By rright-clicking in the app, from the menu at the bottom of the screen, you can add torrents to the list and they will be downloaded on the computer that you have the desktop app installed on.
The UI of the app is very simple and well designed, with all the elements in the right places you can easily navigate through all your torrents. The process of adding a new server (in this case the server is the computer running the desktop app) is also very simple and the user has only three fields to fill out:
- Name – You can name your server as you wish. This comes in handy when you want to manage more than one computer from the app.
- IP Address – The IP address of the computer (server) you want to control.
- Port – This is incoming connection port for the computer you want to connect. I’ll show you where you can find this later on.
As you can see, the uTorrent Client app is very simple to use, and if you have multiple computers, you can effortlessly monitor the status of your torrents from your Windows 10, Windows 8 device with no problems. However, before you buy this app, remember that it does not work as a standalone torrent downloader, but it is only a mirror for other uTorrent desktop apps on other computers.
Setting up the uTorrent Client for Windows 10, Windows 8
While the process of setting up the uTorrent Client app for Windows 10, Windows 8 is not very difficult, it does require you to do a few steps before you can use it. I’ll walk you through the entire process of how to set up the uTorrent Client app for Windows 10, Windows 8.
First of all, ensure that you have the uTorrent desktop program on the computer you want to connect to. For the purpose of this tutorial, I used my uTorrent Client app running on my Windows 8, Windows 10 laptop to control the uTorrent desktop program on my Windows 7 home computer. After installing the desktop client on your computer, it is time to move on to your Windows 8, Windows 10 device and purchase and install the uTorrent Client for Windows 10, Windows 8.