I am really new to vim and have been trying to use it more over the past months. Issue is I cannot get the plugins to work, I have followed the steps on vim plug github and some other sites.

I am on windows and when I use the :set path in vim itself it shows the vim directory but appending to it is a folder called vimfiles, is this just a general name for all associated files?

I added the plug lines to my _vimrc but when I run :PlugInstall it throws a error saying it's not a command. Is there any up to date info on windows installations ? This feels like a easy issue but I cannot figure it out and without syntax higlighting or anything it is kind of rough.

What I want to know is:

  • where to put files for vim plug?
  • why vim plug is not loading?
  • Why do I have 3 auto load folders spread over separate folders?
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    There is a difference between :set path and :set runtimepath, just FYI. Also, if you’re wondering about option-related stuff, :help is a goldmine
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented Jan 4, 2020 at 4:58

2 Answers 2


I cleaned out the installation and pulled the zip of vim-plug. Extracted the files into the autoload folder in vim82. Before I used the powershell solution.

After that I made a custom plugin folder and gave it read/write permission. Now it seems to work. Unsure what the issue was but these are the things that I changed. Also I should have mentioned that I am using vim-plug.


:PluginInstall is the install command for Vundle. If it does not work Vundle is not installed correctly.

Installation Instructions

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    Hmm it seems vim plug uses this too, raw.githubusercontent.com/junegunn/vim-plug/master/plug.vim Plug and vundle do the same thing right? Or do I need vundle for plug?
    – GreatGaja
    Commented Jan 3, 2020 at 13:36
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    The OP is talking about PlugInstall (from vim-plug), not PluginInstall (from Vundle.) Vundle is not really relevant here, it's not involved, at all.
    – filbranden
    Commented Jan 4, 2020 at 21:38
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    @filbranden Oh! Commented Jan 7, 2020 at 7:12
  • Please delete your answer. You have completely misread the question and are trying to correct OP when you are the one making a mistake, thus adding complete noise to this thread by creating a false (not even a comment!!) answer which only misleads people even more. Respect the community and delete your answer.
    – adamency
    Commented Nov 7, 2023 at 3:12

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