How to update JabRef from version 5.2 to 5.7 on Windows?

I would like to update JabRef to the last stable version.
At this moment I have the JabRef version:

JabRef 5.2--2020-12-24--6a2a512
Windows 10 10.0 amd64 
Java 14.0.2

So, I downloaded the “JabRef-5.7.msi” file and run the setup wizard.
I tried to install it in the same directory as the 5.2 version, however I get the error:

“JabRef Setup Wizard ended prematurely because of an error. Your system has not been modified. To install this program at a later time, ran Setup Wizard again”.

I also tried to install it in a new, different directory but got the same error.

How do I update it? Do I need to delete the present JabRef directory? If so, do I loose my bib?


First create a backup copy of your bib file. Always recommended when upgrading.

Then try to uninstall the old JabRef before.

If installing the new version still gives an error:
Can you run the installer from the command line with these options?

msiexec /i "path to installer.msi" /l*v "error.log"

This should create an error log. This could help us

I was not able to uninstall JabRef, so I just deleted the directory.
The “msiexec” command created a log file but did not install JabRef.

What did work was to just reboot the computer and then execute the JabRef-5.7.msi
Now I have an updated version running keeping all my library.
Anyway, problem solved. Thank you for the help

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Okay, thanks for the update!