Are you looking to run Home Assistant Supervised on Windows? In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the process of installing Home Assistant Supervised on your Windows PC. Whether you’ve been searching for answers on forums or want to use your old PC hardware for running Home Assistant, this guide has got you covered. We’ll provide you with all the information you need to successfully install and set up Home Assistant Supervised on your Windows operating system.
If you prefer visual instructions, you can also check out this YouTube video for a visual walkthrough of the installation process:
Before we begin, there are a few things you’ll need:
- A Windows PC (Windows 10 or Windows 11)
- An internet connection
- Virtualization enabled in your computer’s BIOS settings
Now, let’s get started with the installation process.
Step 1: Get Your Tools
The first step is to download the necessary tools for installing Debian Linux in a virtual machine on your Windows PC. Make sure you download the correct version for your system (ARM or AMD/Intel x64).
- Debian: https://www.debian.org
- Visual C++: https://learn.microsoft.com/
- VirtualBox: https://www.virtualbox.org
Once downloaded, install “Visual C++”
followed by “VirtualBox”.
The Debian ISO file will be used in the next step.
Step 2: Install Debian
Now it’s time to install Debian on the virtual machine created in VirtualBox.
Open VirtualBox and select “New”.
Give your VM a name (e.g., “homeassistant”).
Select “Other” as the ISO image.
Browse and select the downloaded Debian ISO file.
Click on “Skip Unattended Installation” to avoid setting up a desktop environment.
Set the base memory (4GB recommended).
Set the number of processors (ideally 2).
Configure the virtual hard disk size (120GB recommended).
In the VM settings, change the Network Adaptor from “NAT” to “Bridged Adapter”.
Start the VM and follow the installation process inside the VM window.
Set the hostname and domain name as desired.
Configure the root and user passwords.
Choose the partitioning method and scheme.
Finish the partitioning and write changes to the disk.
Continue with the installation process, selecting the necessary options.
Once the installation is complete, shut down the VM by selecting “Send the shutdown signal”.
Step 3: Get Ready to Install Home Assistant
Before installing Home Assistant, you’ll need to obtain the IP address of your Debian system.
- Login using your username and password created during the installation process.
- Run the command:
“` ip a “`
Locate your system’s IP address under the “BROADCAST” section (e.g., 192.168.1.186).
Switch to root by running the command:
“` su “`
Install sudo by running the command:
“` apt install sudo “`
Edit the sudoers file using the command:
“` nano /etc/sudoers “`
Add the following line under the “root ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL” line:
“` smlp ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL “`
Replace “smlp” with your username. Save the file and exit the text editor.
Step 4: Install Dependencies and Home Assistant
Now it’s time to install the dependencies and Home Assistant itself.
Open the command prompt in Windows by searching for “CMD” in the search bar.
Connect to your Debian system via SSH using the following command:
“` ssh firstname.lastname@example.org “`
Replace “smlp” with your username and “192.168.1.186” with your Debian system’s IP address. Enter your user password when prompted.
Run the following commands in the SSH session:
“` sudo su – apt-get update apt-get upgrade -y apt-get dist-upgrade -y apt-get install apparmor jq wget curl udisks2 libglib2.0-bin network-manager dbus lsb-release systemd-journal-remote -y curl -fsSL get.docker.com | sh wget https://github.com/home-assistant/os-agent/releases/latest/download/os-agent_1.4.1_linux_x86_64.deb dpkg -i os-agent_1.4.1_linux_x86_64.deb wget https://github.com/home-assistant/supervised-installer/releases/latest/download/homeassistant-supervised.deb dpkg -i homeassistant-supervised.deb “`
If the version number “1.4.1” is outdated, check the latest version on the Home Assistant GitHub page and update the commands accordingly.
Once Home Assistant Supervised is installed, close the Virtual Machine Window and select “send the shutdown signal”.
Step 5: Additional Setup
Here are some optional additional steps you can take to enhance your Home Assistant setup:
- Create a shortcut for your Home Assistant VM on the desktop.
- Configure USB passthrough in VirtualBox for Zigbee USB Dongles.
- Enable Windows Remote Desktop to connect to your Windows PC from other devices.
- Configure Windows to automatically start VirtualBox without entering your username and password.
- Create a clone of your Home Assistant VM for backup purposes.
Step 6: Home Assistant Supervised
If everything went smoothly, you’re ready to start your Home Assistant VM and access Home Assistant using its IP address and the Home Assistant Port (e.g., http://192.168.1.186:8123).
Congratulations! You have successfully installed Home Assistant Supervised on your Windows PC. Enjoy exploring the features and capabilities of Home Assistant for your smart home!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I install Home Assistant Supervised on Windows?
Yes, you can install Home Assistant Supervised on a Windows PC. By following our step-by-step guide, you’ll be able to set up Home Assistant and enjoy its benefits on your Windows operating system.
What are the system requirements for running Home Assistant Supervised on Windows?
To run Home Assistant Supervised on Windows, you’ll need a Windows PC (Windows 10 or Windows 11) with virtualization enabled in the BIOS settings. A stable internet connection is also required.
Do I need any special hardware to run Home Assistant on Windows?
No, you don’t need any special hardware to run Home Assistant on Windows. However, if you want to connect Zigbee USB dongles to your Home Assistant VM, you may need to configure USB passthrough in VirtualBox.
Can I access Home Assistant remotely after installing it on Windows?
Yes, you can access Home Assistant remotely after installing it on Windows. You can set up Windows Remote Desktop to connect to your Windows PC from other devices on your home network.
Is it possible to create a backup of my Home Assistant VM?
Yes, you can create a backup of your Home Assistant VM by cloning it in VirtualBox. This way, you’ll have a fallback in case something goes wrong with your Home Assistant installation.