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Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Getting the 1yr Student Edition Software


ArcGIS Student Edition Software runs only on a Windows 7 or higher machine.
This includes intel Macs with Windows running via Bootcamp or Parallels.

Step One


Obtain an Authorization Code

Your instructor may have requested Authorization Codes to hand out in class... alternatively, you may Contact Chris Mixon in the Media & Digital Resource Lab (MDRL) at to receive an authorization Code for the software.

You may also obtain an authorization code at the MDRL Help Desk, along with a printed copy of these instructions.

Only ONE copy per authorized user will be issued.

Step Two


Activate your Authorization Code & Download the software


Log in to your ESRI Global Account at or create a new account if necessary.

Enter the authorization code and click submit.

Select the ArcGIS for Desktop version your class requires.

On the next screen, follow the instructions carefully making sure you have pre-installed all of the prerequisite software listed in step 3. You may also recieve similar instructions via email upon download.

The download is quite large, be sure you have a good connection. Also, be sure to pay attention to where you are downloading the software. I suggest creating a new folder on your desktop and use it.

Step Three


Install & Authorize the Software


ArcGIS only works in Windows 7 and up. It will only run on a Mac if you are dual booting Windows.

The software cannot be installed on a computer that has a previous version of ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Server installed; if necessary, uninstall previous versions of ArcGIS Desktop or Server. It's OK if the computer has ArcGIS Explorer installed.

Using a web browser, go to (off campus or personal computers must use the Cisco Anyconnect VPN client available in AU Install)

On this site, you will find:

  • A Step by Step PDF guide to setting up the software - (Important you read and follow this!)
  • A pdf guide to fixing a common licensing problem after install.
  • 2010/2012 data for the City of Auburn
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