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DreamSpark is a Microsoft Program that supports technical education by providing access to Microsoft software for learning, teaching and research purposes.

DreamSpark is simple: it's all about giving students Microsoft professional-level developer and designer tools at no cost so that students can chase their dreams and create the next big breakthrough in technology - or just get a head start on their career.

DreamSpark helps educators teach the latest technologies and experiment in research. Microsoft knows that to make learning more motivating, relevant, and engaging for today’s students requires a diverse set of resources. DreamSpark gives educators the resources to ensure their classrooms always have the latest technologies to challenges, motivate, and keep students engaged in new ways. All at no cost to them through an institution subscription.

DreamSpark is also a subscription for Academic Institutions: it provides a cost-effective way to put Microsoft developer tools, platforms and servers in labs and classrooms, and on their students’ and faculty’s computers for learning and research purposes. It reduces lab costs and teaching budget.

So as a Student, DreamSpark gives you the chance to develop world-class software, Web applications, cool and creative designs as well as amazing games. Microsoft believes that students can do amazing things if they only have the right tools. Our company was started when many of the founders were still students, so we know what anything is possible. To make this happen, we are aligning with universities, associations, and other communities around the world to make sure that DreamSpark reaches everyone as fast as possible. So, get a head start on a career, do better in class, or even show the world new things that technology can do…all with DreamSpark.
Simply create an account, verify your student status and download software through this website at no cost. If your school/university has a subscription, you can also get access to more software titles. Go to the Student Overview page to find out more details, or continue reading below.
Each user has to be verified as a student before he or she can begin downloading the Microsoft software tools available on this site. We verify student status the first time you visit DreamSpark, and then once a year thereafter. The new DreamSpark experience allows you to sign in using the email address of your choice. Create an account and verify your academic status to gain immediate access to the site.
No, you do not require a Windows Live ID to log on to DreamSpark. The new DreamSpark experience allows you to sign in using the email address of your choice. Each user has to be verified as a student before he or she can begin downloading the Microsoft software tools available on this site. We verify student status the first time you visit DreamSpark, and then once a year thereafter. Create an account and verify your academic status to gain immediate access to the site. Please note however that some DreamSpark Partners, such as Windows Store, Windows Phone Developer Center and Xbox Indie Games Portal, require students use a Windows Live ID, now called the new Microsoft Account. If you plan to build Windows, Windows Phone applications or games and want to sell them on the App Stores, we recommend you create your account with a Microsoft Account (Windows Live ID).
Yes. You can see all of the languages available by clicking on the language dropdown list located on the top right of the page.
High schools, vocational and trade schools, community colleges and universities are all eligible to participate in the DreamSpark program. Simply put, any accredited school around the world is eligible.

Please note, that the DreamSpark Premium subscription is only available to STEM departments and students in that department. The DreamSpark Standard subscription is available to the entire institution and all students attending it.
No way! DreamSpark is available to all accredited schools across the globe. The whole point of the Internet is to bring everyone around the world together, right? So it doesn’t matter what size your school is or where it is. We only ask that it’s an accredited school and that your student status be verified.
DreamSpark is available to millions of students around the world. If you are currently enrolled in courses at an accredited institution, you are eligible to sign up for a membership to DreamSpark.com at no charge. This will allow you to download all of the software and tools available on this site.

We have two subscriptions, DreamSpark Standard and DreamSpark Premium, which are available to all accredited institutions as well. These are subscriptions that your institution can purchase to give you access to an extensive list of software and tools at no cost. The DreamSpark Standard subscription covers an entire institution and every student that attends it. While DreamSpark Standard has the same software catalogue that you get directly by signing up on the website, DreamSpark Premium offer many more software titles, like Windows client, Project, Sharepoint, to name just a few of the most popular. Check if you can get more software through your institution’s DreamSpark Premium subscription.

The DreamSpark Premium subscription has a much larger list of software and tools available, but it is only for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Technical Design (STEM-D) departments within an institution. Access to the DreamSpark Premium subscription is restricted to only those students who are taking a course in that department.
We know, weird term, huh? But it’s simpler than saying a user whose student status has been confirmed by the verification source (usually a school, organization or commercial student identity provider) selected by the user on the DreamSpark Student Status Verification page. Each user has to be verified as a student before he or she can begin downloading the Microsoft software tools available on this site. We verify student status the first time you visit DreamSpark, and then once a year thereafter.
If you are still unable to verify via the methods available on the site, you will be able to follow a process to do a manual verification. You will be asked to fill in a form, attach a scanned copy of both your current student identification card and a copy of your current transcript or course list. This form will send a request to our customer support and they will issue an access code to complete your student verification and create and account process.
No, you do not have to be 18 years old to sign up for DreamSpark. You will need a parent or legal guardian’s permission, however. Your parent or legal guardian will need to provide a scanned copy of the parent/guardian consent form and proof of your student status. You can find more information on the Parent/Guardian Consent Form Information Page.
In order to revoke or not grant parent/guardian consent, you will need to email DreamSpark support with a parent/guardian consent form. If you child already has a DreamSpark account and you want to revoke consent, please include the account details (email address) of your child’s account and ask DreamSpark support to remove the account and revoke access in your request. All account information will be permanently deleted. If this is the first time you are submitting a parent/guardian consent form, please check the “No” option. By revoking or not granting consent, your child will not be able to use DreamSpark or its benefits.
Parents can review their children’s personal information by contacting DreamSpark Support and asking for a Personal Information Review in the support request. Please include the account details (email address) of the child’s account. 
You can find the DreamSpark privacy & cookies here.
To learn more, please check out the DreamSpark policy on privacy & cookies.
DreamSpark has loads of products! You can see the entire list by visiting the DreamSpark student software catalog page. Oh, and by the way, these are the serious versions for serious people. We’re talking the big-time stuff.
To receive update related to new products added to the website, subscribe to the RSS feed. Click on the RSS feed symbol near the News on the Home page. If you want updates about student programs and offers, you need to have opted in to receive Microsoft communications when you created your DreamSpark account. Want to check your DreamSpark preferences? Click here. You can still opt-in now if you have not done it when you created your account.
Nothing! DreamSpark offers the same completely loaded Microsoft software that professional developers pay good cash to purchase. However, through DreamSpark, we’re providing this software directly to students like you at no charge, to advance your learning and skills through technical design, technology, math, science and engineering activities. We want to give you the chance to explore the software tools used in business today to help prepare you to be a member of the next generation of developers.
We’ve included some helpful links to training and resources on each product’s page. You also can get technical information and user guides from Microsoft.com or go to the specific Microsoft product site instead of DreamSpark.
You may only use the tools and software from DreamSpark to get ahead in school, develop new skills and take steps in research in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. You can review the license agreement for more details.
Software is available in a set of languages determined by each product. Go to any product's page to see what languages are available.
We’d love to hear from you (yeah, even if you’ve got some complaints). Just go to the contact us page and complete the form. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible to help you out.

Need product-specific technical support? Click here to go to the Microsoft Support Forums. You can post your questions for free and get answers from Microsoft professionals and helpful community members. Still having trouble? Contact Microsoft Support for further assistance.
Your student status will be verified when you create an account. First, you’ll be prompted to verify your status by selecting your school from our drop down menu. If your school is not listed, you can still verify your student status through your ISIC card, or other student identity providers. If you are still having trouble getting verified, please contact us.
We are working as fast as possible to include all eligible schools in our list. If your school isn’t on the list, you can still get verified. We have alternative student identify providers, (IDPs) such as the International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which you can use to verify your academic status.

If you are still unable to verify via these methods, you will be able to follow a process to do a manual verification. You will be asked to fill in a form, attach a scanned copy of both your current student identification card and a copy of your current transcript or course list. This form will send a request to our customer support and they will issue an access code to complete your student verification and create and account process.
Simply put, being verified means that your academic status has been confirmed by the verification source (usually a school, organization or commercial student identity provider) that you selected when you created your DreamSpark account. Each user has to be verified as a student or educator before taking advantage of the education product offers in this site. We verify student status when you create an account, and then once a year thereafter.
If you are still unable to verify via the methods available on the site, you will be able to follow a process to do a manual verification. You will be asked to fill in a form, attach a scanned copy of both your current student identification card and a copy of your current transcript or course list. This form will send a request to our customer support and they will issue an access code to complete your student verification and create and account process.
Once a year. More specifically, every 12 months from your last verification date.
Please contact customer service and we’ll be able to help you.
We’d love to hear from you (yeah, even if you’ve got some complaints). Just go to the contact us page and complete the form. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible to help you out.
Yes. Some of the software titles available on DreamSpark are available to everyone, such as Visual Studio 2010 Express. Most of the software available on this site is restricted to be used only by students attending accredited institutions. Students may sign up for a DreamSpark.com account and can download all of software available through DreamSpark.com. Note: when you sign up we will verify that you are an actual student.

To create an account today, go to the Student Overview page-click on “Create an Account”.
You can download the software available on DreamSpark.com and install it on your personal computer. The license gives you right to 2 installs. You may install it on more than one computer that you own (e.g. your laptop and your desktop) or on the same computer more than one time. For products that require a product key, the same product key allows you 2 installations.
Yes, as long as you are the owner of both computers and both are being used for educational purposes. Friends, family and colleagues not currently enrolled in a course are not allowed to access or use the software available from this Web site.
You are allowed to install the software more than once based on the discretion of the program administrator and the software distribution method chosen (i.e. download or check out).
We provide a download manager, so no worries here. With it you can start, stop, pause or resume your download at any time.
DreamSpark Support can help. Visit our contact us page.
Yes. A list of the software you’ve downloaded is available for viewing. Once you’re signed in, click on the welcome message on the right side of the navigation bar, then select “my account” from the drop down menu. You will be able to view details about the products you’ve downloaded in the “my apps” section.
Microsoft Product Support services maintains a vast knowledge base of articles on common questions and issues with Microsoft products. We encourage you to do a quick search by keyword before seeking technical support. Often, you will find that other people have experienced similar issues or have had roughly the same question.
1. Burn a Disc

If you need to create a bootable disc, or just want to create a “hard copy” of the software you’ve downloaded, it is a good idea to burn the image to disc. Depending on the size of the file, you can use a CD or a DVD. Most software available through DreamSpark is too large to fit on a CD, so using blank DVDs is a good idea. To burn an ISO image to a disc you will need:
  • A CD/DVD drive capable of writing DVD (look for a DVD/R or DVD/RW symbol)
  • A blank, writeable DVD compatible with your DVD writer
  • A software program capable of burning a disc from an image file
  • Most CD/DVD authoring programs provide the capability to burn a disc from an image. Some freeware tools are available, like ISO Recorder. Manufacturers of popular programs with this capability include Nero and Roxio.
Using ISO Recorder to burn an image to disc

ISO Recorder is not a program you can launch, but an extension to the Windows shell. It allows you to right-click on an ISO image and choose copy Image to CD. Selecting Copy Image to CD will display a dialog titled CD Recording Wizard (or DVD Recording Wizard if it is a DVD ISO and you are running Vista). You can accept the defaults here and choose Next. Within a few minutes your CD will be done.

Now that you’ve burned your ISO to a DVD, you can treat it as if you bought the software in the store.

2. Mounting an ISO Image

If you don’t want to go to the trouble of burning a disc, you can mount the ISO image using third-party tools.

NOTE: If you downloaded an operating system such as Windows Vista, XP, Windows Server, etc., do not attempt to mount the image in your current operating system to install it. A mounted drive is “remembered” by the operating system and the mounting tools, but will not exist between reboots. If you are trying to install an operating system, always burn a DVD and make sure the BIOS is configured to attempt to boot from the DVD drive as part of the boot sequence.

Mounting is the process of temporarily creating a virtual drive on your computer with the contents of the ISO package loaded in it, as if you had inserted a DVD into your existing DVD drive. Third-party tools are required to mount an ISO image. Most common CD and DVD authoring tools will allow you to mount an ISO image, and many freeware utilities are also available. Daemon Tools is a free and poplar tool that allows you to mount ISO images.
To Mount an Image Using DAEMON Tools:

1. Download DAEMON Tools for your current operating system.
2. Install DAEMON Tools. A system reboot will be required.
3. When prompted, reboot your computer.
4. DAEMON Tools installation will continue after your operating system starts up. You may receive some warnings notifying you that the setup is trying to continue. Allow the setup to continue.
5. Choose the options you want to install. You need the core files and the shortcuts. The Search Bar is optional advertising which you can safely avoid installing.
6. From now on, you will be able to mount ISO images by right-clicking the DAEMON Tools icon in your taskbar and following this menu sequence:Virtual CD/DVD Rom | Device 0: [Letter:] | Mount image. Notice what drive letter you are mounting to.
7. This will bring up a dialog box allowing you to browse to and open files. Select the .ISO or .IMG file you downloaded from DreamSpark and click Open to mount the image.
8. You can now access the image as if it were a CD or DVD by going to my computer and double-clicking, auto-running or exploring the contents of the virtual drive (the drive letter is the same as the one you noted above).

Running Software from a Mounted ISO Image:
Once your ISO file is mounted, you will see a new drive show up in your Computer (Windows 7) pane. You can interact with this virtual drive as if you had a CD loaded in it—by right clicking it and choosing AutoPlay, or by Exploring it and choosing Setup.exe, and so forth.
Yes, you can. However, the software provided through DreamSpark works on a Windows operating system. After installing Windows, you will be able to download DreamSpark products. For further assistance, please refer to Installing Windows and the dev tools on your Mac.
As a benefit of DreamSpark, you receive free access to the Windows Store. To take advantage of this benefit, get your store token. If you have already redeemed a store token, the token and date of redemption will appear on this page. Only 1 token can be redeemed in a 12 month period. If you have redeemed a token, you will be able to get a new token after the registration has expired, but not before.

Once 12 months have passed by, the ‘’Get code now’’ button will get re-enabled when you are signed in and you will be able to get a new token to renew your Windows Store access, provided you still have a verified DreamSpark account. If your DreamSpark account has expired, you will be required to verify your student status before receiving the new token.
DreamSpark is a Microsoft Program that supports technical education by providing access to Microsoft software for learning, teaching and research purposes.

DreamSpark is simple: it's all about giving students Microsoft professional-level developer and designer tools at no cost so that students can chase their dreams and create the next big breakthrough in technology - or just get a head start on their career.

DreamSpark helps educators teach the latest technologies and experiment in research. Microsoft knows that to make learning more motivating, relevant, and engaging for today’s students requires a diverse set of resources. DreamSpark gives educators the resources to ensure their classrooms always have the latest technologies to challenges, motivate, and keep students engaged in new ways. All at no cost to them through an institution subscription.

DreamSpark is also a subscription for Academic Institutions: it provides a cost-effective way to put Microsoft developer tools, platforms and servers in labs and classrooms, and on their students’ and faculty’s computers for learning and research purposes. It reduces lab costs and teaching budget.

The program has two primary goals:
  1. Give access to Microsoft software and platforms: DreamSpark subscriptions give educators and students access to virtually every Microsoft product and technology, helping ensure they have the right technology choices for all current and future educational opportunities.

  2. Deliver outstanding value: These subscriptions give outstanding value through inexpensive cost of membership, and convenient management of licenses on a per-user basis, removing the complexity of licenses across multiple environments.

As a member, your school will receive a DreamSpark subscription that includes Microsoft platform, servers and developer tools software. This software may be installed on any number of departmental lab machines (depending on the licensing and courses the school or department offers). The software must be used for instructional and research purposes; it may not be used to run the infrastructure of the department. In addition, the department’s faculty and students may check out or download the software to install on their personal computers.
To find out which products are included in the DreamSpark Standard and Premium subscription, refer to this detailed product list.
As a member, institutions, labs, its faculty and students may install the software on their personal computers. However, DreamSpark is much more than simply a software subscription. Membership includes:
  • DreamSpark software subscription that includes Microsoft platform, server and developer tools software as well as betas, new releases and tech support.
  • Special license rights allowing a department to install DreamSpark software on any number of departmental lab machines for instructional and research purposes.
  • The ability for students taking at least one credit course offered by the member department to install the software on their personal machines for use in coursework and personal development projects.
  • Instant online access to all DreamSpark content.
  • No-charge access to Kivuto Solutions Inc.’s Electronic License Management System (ELMS) for automated distribution of software and product keys to eligible users via the Web.
High schools, vocational and trade schools, community colleges and universities are all eligible to participate in the DreamSpark program. Simply put, any accredited school around the world is eligible.

Please note, that the DreamSpark Premium subscription is only available to STEM departments and students in that department. The DreamSpark Standard subscription is available to the entire institution and all students attending it.
Visit our Institutions Subscriptions page to learn about both DreamSpark Standard and DreamSpark Premium. Then, select the product you’d like to purchase and continue to complete the account registration and payment process.
No, these customers need to enroll in DreamSpark using appropriate Promo codes provide to them in their Academic VL subscription Welcome letter. Microsoft does not enroll them automatically. They will also need to renew once their subscription expires. Renewals are not done automatically. If you cannot locate your promo code, please contact your Microsoft Account Manager.
As an Educator: you can get access through your institution’s subscription. Talk to your school administration to get a DreamSpark subscription and order today!
You can find your subscriber ID number on the MSDN Subscription Portal once you have logged in, under “My Subscription” in "My Account“ page. Your subscriber ID number is also included in the Welcome email you received upon approval of your application when you first enrolled in the program or in the renewal email sent to the subscription administrator. If you need help, contact us.
Yes, customers receive multiple notification starting at -60 days from their expiration date. If you have an ELMS webstores, the webstores administrator also receive notifications from Kivuto.
You can renew any time before expiration and up to 30 days after expiration (grace period). Note that there is a discount for DreamSpark Premium subscription when you renew within 30 days. Also if you have an ELMS webstores, the main advantage of renewing on time is that you will be able to keep the same ELMS webstore. All your student accounts, product catalog and settings will be preserved.
If the you pass the 30 days grace period, you will not be able to renew at a discounted price and keep his current subscriber ID. You will need to enroll in a new subscription at full price. This means you will get a new subscriber ID and your ELMS webstore access will be disabled. It is therefore important that you renew on time.
Go to the Subscription Access page and enter your institution’s name in the “find your academic institution” textbox. If your school or institution does not appear in the search, your institution is not currently a member of the DreamSpark program.
Developer AA isn’t gone—it’s simply been renamed to DreamSpark Premium. All of the titles that were previously available to you are still available. If your school had an active Developer AA subscription through MSDNAA before January 16th, 2012, you’ll continue to access software titles as you did before. When it is time to renew your Developer AA subscription you will be able to renew it as a DreamSpark Premium subscription for the renewal price.
Helping students who want to be designers is critical, but we wanted to find a way to make this easier for institutions, so we have changed up the program. Instead of Designer AA membership, institutions can purchase a new DreamSpark Standard membership that gives them access to all of Microsoft’s development and designer tools. If you currently have a Designer AA membership, don’t worry. You can continue to enjoy those benefits until your membership expires. When it’s time for you to renew, we’ll work with you to get you set up with a new DreamSpark Standard membership.
Your MSDN Academic Alliance subscription is still valid, and will continue to be available to you until your expiration date. You will still have access to the Electronic License Management System (ELMS) and to MSDN Subscriber Downloads, just as you always have.

When it is time for you to renew your subscription, you will be able to renew into the DreamSpark Premium or DreamSpark membership levels at the renewal price.
Your access to the MSDN Subscription portal is still the same. You can visit MSDN Subscriber Downloads today and download software and get product keys, just like you used to. This is still a benefit with the new DreamSpark Standard and DreamSpark Premium subscriptions.

In the future, you can find a link to the MSDN Subscription Portal on the Subscription Access page.
Yes. You can see all of the languages available by clicking on the language dropdown list located on the top right of the page.
No way! DreamSpark is available to all accredited schools across the globe. The whole point of the Internet is to bring everyone around the world together, right? So it doesn’t matter what size your school is or where it is. We only ask that it’s an accredited school and that your school has a DreamSpark Standard subscription.
There are two options to distribute products to your students. The first, and most commonly used method is to use leverage the Electronic License Management System (ELMS) Webstore that comes with your subscription. ELMS is a Web-based software distribution system that program administrators can tailor to their department’s needs. ELMS is provided as a free benefit to DreamSpark member departments worldwide, so no additional fees apply in order to use it. Essentially, ELMS enables administrators to create a customized Web-based software and key distribution mechanism for their department, deploy it to their students, and enjoy the benefit of the maintenance-free record-keeping inherent to the ELMS system.

Note: There is a brief deployment process, but the advantages of seamless record-keeping, broad distribution, and easy maintenance are significant! We highly recommend that all administrators consider the use of ELMS, which can be deployed in one of two ways:
  1. Campus-hosted downloads. This method of deployment allows administrators to create an account for their department on the ELMS Application Server, upload identities of all students in their department, and create a locally hosted (on-campus) download server that eligible students can use to get their software.
  2. Direct Student Download. This method of deployment allows administrators to create an account for their department on the ELMS Application Server, upload identities of all students in their department, and give eligible students access to a preconfigured download server.
The second option is to use MSDN Subscriber Downloads to access any product keys that students may need to activate their products. While administrators cannot grant direct access to the MSDN Subscriber Downloads to students, they can download the software package and request keys from this site and give them to students.
ELMS is a Web-based software distribution and management application hosted by Kivuto Solutions Inc. As a turnkey system, ELMS enables you to authenticate eligible students and faculty online and automate the ordering and distribution of DreamSpark software to students and faculty.

ELMS is available to all program administrators worldwide, and is currently available in six languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese and Portuguese-Brazilian. ELMS is available to your end-users in the following eight languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Turkish and Russian. When you request your ELMS, please be sure to indicate your language preference.

Go to the ELMS for DreamSpark page to learn about ELMS and its benefits.
To get your private URL to your ELMS, please fill out this request form. The support team will be able to give you instructions on how to setup and configure your ELMS system.
There is no work for administrators to set up a webstore. Once your subscription is active and you have you subscription ID #, you just need to fill in request form that you can find on the ELMS page – tab 2 and Kivuto will set it up for you within a few days. Once the ELMS webstore is set up, all you have to do is to create accounts for your students and faculty. Accounts can be created with a simple ‘’bulk upload’’ through a Excel spreadsheet, so it is very simple. For administrators what want to integrate the ELMS webstore account with their institution’s authentication, they can do ‘’Integrated User Verification’’ or via Shibboleth. There are very detailed guides available to guide you through this process. Start by reading. Read the ELMS Quick Start Guide on the ELMS page – tab 2 for more details and look at the detailed resources under Tab 3.
Absolutely.
Absolutely. The program is available in many countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. A full list of our Regional Service Center is available on the Institution Support page.
In North America, the membership is a direct relationship with Microsoft and may not be purchased through resellers. If you are in the Belarus, Czech Republic, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia or Ukraine, please click here to find your DreamSpark Authorized Reseller. In other parts of the world, you should contact your regional support center with inquiries.
Yes. One of the goals of the DreamSpark program is to make software available to students to experiment with in a laboratory setting. Even if a member department shares a lab with another department, the software may be installed on lab computers and made accessible to any student wishing to use the computers. Be aware that member departments do not have the legal right to install the software on lab computers not affiliated with the member department. Additionally, only students who are taking at least one credit class in the member department would have the right to install the program software on their personal computers.
Yes, they can sign up for DreamSpark Standard. A single membership will cover all students, educators, and labs across the institution. However, DreamSpark Premium is offered to STEM departments or technical schools.
Yes. A single membership with DreamSpark Standard will cover all student, educators, and labs across the institution. However, DreamSpark Premium subscriptions provide access only to an institution’s STEM departments.
Yes, absolutely, particularly since DreamSpark Premium is only for a single eligible department. If you want to have a campus-wide subscription, you need to enroll in DreamSpark Standard even if one of your departments has a DreamSpark Premium. Also if your institution has multiple eligible STEM departments, each STEM department needs to enroll in a DreamSpark Premium subscription, so in this case it is very common that an institution would have multiple subscriptions.
Students may enjoy unlimited usage of software for the purpose of furthering their learning and research efforts. The software is not to be used to run a business or for ventures that drive commercial profit. However, DreamSpark has partnered with the Microsoft App Store teams to enable students to create games and applications with the Windows Phone, and Windows 8 Developer kits. This is the one exception where a student is allowed to use the software available on DreamSpark for a money-making enterprise. To learn more, visit the Windows Phone App Development, the Windows 8 App Development and the Xbox Indie Games Development pages accessible from the App Development menu on the navigation bar of the Student Overview page.
Software is available in a set of languages determined by each product. Go to any products page to see what languages are available.
Yes. This license is perpetual and non-transferable. You don’t have to uninstall the tools.
In most cases, no. However, DreamSpark has partnered with the Microsoft App Store teams to enable students to create games and applications with the Windows Phone, and Windows 8 Developer kits. This is the one exception where a student is allowed to use the software available on DreamSpark for a money-making enterprise. To learn more, visit the Windows Phone App Development, the Windows 8 App Development and the Xbox Indie Games Development pages accessible from the App Development menu on the navigation bar of the Student Overview page.
No. The focus of DreamSpark is to provide departments, faculty and students with the tools necessary to specifically expand their study of software development and testing. Thus, we provide technologies such as Windows Server, Visual Studio .NET, SQL Server and Platform SDK.
This program is available to all high school and university students around the world who are attending accredited educational institutions.
Yes. Any professional support staff member whose primary responsibility is to maintain departmental labs is eligible to install DreamSpark software onto their personal computers for non-commercial use. The license amendment defines “Staff” as “any personnel duly engaged by the qualified educational user to teach or instruct students and/or to conduct non-commercial research or other development related activities on behalf of the qualified educational user”.
Yes. If the faculty member is officially enrolled in the course, he/she is eligible to install DreamSpark software onto their personal computer for non-commercial use.
No. Students are allowed to keep the software they have installed, but they may not check out or download additional DreamSpark software unless they are enrolled in school.

The institution is responsible for informing students of the usage limitations governed by the DreamSpark license agreement, and the department should periodically remind students of those conditions.
You can find the DreamSpark privacy & cookies here.
To learn more, please check out the DreamSpark policy on privacy & cookies.
We’ve included some helpful links to training and resources on each product’s page. You also can get technical information and user guides from Microsoft.com or go to the specific Microsoft product site.
Yes, you will have access to all of the software available on DreamSpark.com through your subscription. This software is accessed through either the Electronic License Management System (ELMS) or MSDN Subscription Portal.

These are accessible via the Subscription Access page.
Your subscriber ID number is in the welcome email you received upon approval of your application. If you cannot find that email, contact us.

You can also find your subscriber ID in the “My Account” section of the MSDN Subscription Portal, accessible via the Subscription Access page.
Your program administrator should authorize the use of your technical support incidents. We recommend that you first try to get assistance through the free support forums. Then, contact your program administrator to get the phone number if you need to use a technical support incident. The phone number is located on the MSDN Subscription portal.
Only program administrators have access to the Member’s Area on the web site, because it contains administrative functions such as requesting additional product keys. However there is useful information in the Member’s Area that may be shared with other faculty and students. Examples include special offers, program materials and special downloads.
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1. Burn a Disc

If you need to create a bootable disc, or just want to create a “hard copy” of the software you’ve downloaded, it is a good idea to burn the image to disc. Depending on the size of the file, you can use a CD or a DVD. Most software available through DreamSpark is too large to fit on a CD, so using blank DVDs is a good idea. To burn an ISO image to a disc you will need:
  • A CD/DVD drive capable of writing DVD (look for a DVD/R or DVD/RW symbol)
  • A blank, writeable DVD compatible with your DVD writer
  • A software program capable of burning a disc from an image file
  • Most CD/DVD authoring programs provide the capability to burn a disc from an image. Some freeware tools are available, like ISO Recorder. Manufacturers of popular programs with this capability include Nero and Roxio.
Using ISO Recorder to burn an image to disc

ISO Recorder is not a program you can launch, but an extension to the Windows shell. It allows you to right-click on an ISO image and choose copy Image to CD. Selecting Copy Image to CD will display a dialog titled CD Recording Wizard (or DVD Recording Wizard if it is a DVD ISO and you are running Vista). You can accept the defaults here and choose Next. Within a few minutes your CD will be done.

Now that you’ve burned your ISO to a DVD, you can treat it as if you bought the software in the store.

2. Mounting an ISO Image

If you don’t want to go to the trouble of burning a disc, you can mount the ISO image using third-party tools.

NOTE: If you downloaded an operating system such as Windows Vista, XP, Windows Server, etc., do not attempt to mount the image in your current operating system to install it. A mounted drive is “remembered” by the operating system and the mounting tools, but will not exist between reboots. If you are trying to install an operating system, always burn a DVD and make sure the BIOS is configured to attempt to boot from the DVD drive as part of the boot sequence.

Mounting is the process of temporarily creating a virtual drive on your computer with the contents of the ISO package loaded in it, as if you had inserted a DVD into your existing DVD drive. Third-party tools are required to mount an ISO image. Most common CD and DVD authoring tools will allow you to mount an ISO image, and many freeware utilities are also available. Daemon Tools is a free and poplar tool that allows you to mount ISO images.
To Mount an Image Using DAEMON Tools:

1. Download DAEMON Tools for your current operating system.
2. Install DAEMON Tools. A system reboot will be required.
3. When prompted, reboot your computer.
4. DAEMON Tools installation will continue after your operating system starts up. You may receive some warnings notifying you that the setup is trying to continue. Allow the setup to continue.
5. Choose the options you want to install. You need the core files and the shortcuts. The Search Bar is optional advertising which you can safely avoid installing.
6. From now on, you will be able to mount ISO images by right-clicking the DAEMON Tools icon in your taskbar and following this menu sequence:Virtual CD/DVD Rom | Device 0: [Letter:] | Mount image. Notice what drive letter you are mounting to.
7. This will bring up a dialog box allowing you to browse to and open files. Select the .ISO or .IMG file you downloaded from DreamSpark and click Open to mount the image.
8. You can now access the image as if it were a CD or DVD by going to my computer and double-clicking, auto-running or exploring the contents of the virtual drive (the drive letter is the same as the one you noted above).

Running Software from a Mounted ISO Image:
Once your ISO file is mounted, you will see a new drive show up in your Computer (Windows 7) pane. You can interact with this virtual drive as if you had a CD loaded in it—by right clicking it and choosing AutoPlay, or by Exploring it and choosing Setup.exe, and so forth.
Yes, you can. However, the software provided through DreamSpark works on a Windows operating system. After installing Windows, you will be able to download DreamSpark products. For further assistance, please refer to Installing Windows and the dev tools on your Mac.
DreamSpark is a Microsoft Program that supports technical education by providing access to Microsoft software for learning, teaching and research purposes.

DreamSpark is simple: it's all about giving students Microsoft professional-level developer and designer tools at no cost so that students can chase their dreams and create the next big breakthrough in technology - or just get a head start on their career.

DreamSpark helps educators teach the latest technologies and experiment in research. Microsoft knows that to make learning more motivating, relevant, and engaging for today’s students requires a diverse set of resources. DreamSpark gives educators the resources to ensure their classrooms always have the latest technologies to challenges, motivate, and keep students engaged in new ways. All at no cost to them through an institution subscription.

DreamSpark is also a subscription for Academic Institutions: it provides a cost-effective way to put Microsoft developer tools, platforms and servers in labs and classrooms, and on their students’ and faculty’s computers for learning and research purposes. It reduces lab costs and teaching budget.
The program has two primary goals:
  1. Give access to Microsoft software and platforms: DreamSpark subscriptions give educators and students access to virtually every Microsoft product and technology, helping ensure they have the right technology choices for all current and future educational opportunities.
  2. Deliver outstanding value: These subscriptions give outstanding value through inexpensive cost of membership, and convenient management of licenses on a per-user basis, removing the complexity of licenses across multiple environments.
As a member, your school will receive a DreamSpark subscription that includes Microsoft platform, servers and developer tools software. This software may be installed on any number of departmental lab machines (depending on the licensing and courses the school or department offer). The software must be used for instructional and research purposes; it may not be used to run the infrastructure of the department. In addition, the department’s faculty and students may check out or download the software to install on their personal computers.
To find out which products are included in the DreamSpark Standard and Premium subscription, refer to this detailed product list.
As a member, institutions, labs, faculty and students may install the software on their personal computers. However, DreamSpark is much more than simply a software subscription. Membership includes:
  1. DreamSpark software subscription that includes Microsoft platform, server and developer tools software as well as betas, new releases and tech support.
  2. Special license rights allowing a department to install DreamSpark software on any number of departmental lab machines for instructional and research purposes.
  3. The ability for students taking at least one credit course offered by the member department to install the software on their personal machines for use in coursework and personal development projects.
  4. Instant online access to all DreamSpark content.
  5. No-charge access to Kivuto Solutions Inc.’s Electronic License Management System (ELMS) for automated distribution of software and product keys to eligible users via the Web.
You can find your subscriber ID number on the MSDN Subscription Portal once you have logged in, under “My Subscription” in "My Account“ page. Your subscriber ID number is also included in the Welcome email you received upon approval of your application when you first enrolled in the program or in the renewal email sent to the subscription administrator. If you need help, contact us.
Go to the Subscription Access page and enter your institution’s name in the “find your academic institution” textbox. If your school or institution does not appear in the search, your institution is not currently a member of the DreamSpark program.
In North America, the membership is a direct relationship with Microsoft and may not be purchased through resellers. If you are in the Belarus, Czech Republic, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia or Ukraine, please click here to find your DreamSpark Authorized Reseller. In other parts of the world, you should contact your regional support center with inquiries.
Developer AA isn’t gone—it’s simply been renamed to DreamSpark Premium. All of the titles that were previously available to you are still available. If your school had an active Developer AA subscription through MSDNAA before January 16th, 2012, you’ll continue to access software titles as you did before. When it is time to renew your Developer AA subscription you will be able to renew it as a DreamSpark Premium subscription for the renewal price.
Helping students who want to be designers is critical, but we wanted to find a way to make this easier for institutions, so we have changed up the program. Instead of Designer AA membership, institutions can purchase a new DreamSpark Standard membership that gives them access to all of Microsoft’s development and designer tools. If you currently have a Designer AA membership, don’t worry. You can continue to enjoy those benefits until your membership expires. When it’s time for you to renew, we’ll work with you to get you set up with a new DreamSpark Standard membership.
Your MSDN Academic Alliance subscription is still valid, and will continue to be available to you until your expiration date. You will still have access to the Kivuto Solutions Inc. Electronic License Management System (ELMS) and to MSDN Subscriber Downloads, just as you always have.

When it is time for you to renew your subscription, you will be able to renew into the DreamSpark Premium or DreamSpark Standard Subscription levels at the renewal price.If you renew before 60 days, you will be able to keep your existing Electronic License Management System WebStore.
Your access to the MSDN Subscription portal is still the same. You can visit MSDN Subscriber Downloads today and download software and get product keys, just like you used to. This is still a benefit with the new DreamSpark Standard and DreamSpark Premium subscriptions.

In the future, you can find a link to the MSDN Subscription Portal on the Subscription Access page.
Yes. You can see all of the languages available by clicking on the language dropdown list located on the top right of the page.
High schools, vocational and trade schools, community colleges and universities are all eligible to participate in the DreamSpark program. Simply put, any accredited school around the world is eligible.

Please note, that the DreamSpark Premium subscription is only available to STEM departments and students in that department. The DreamSpark Standard subscription is available to the entire institution and all students attending it.
No, these customers need to enroll in DreamSpark using appropriate Promo codes provide to them in their Academic VL subscription Welcome letter. Microsoft does not enroll them automatically. They will also need to renew once their subscription expires. Renewals are not done automatically. If you cannot locate your promo code, please contact your Microsoft Account Manager.
There are two options to distribute products to your students. The first, and most commonly used method is to use leverage the Electronic License Management System (ELMS) Webstore that comes with your subscription. ELMS is a Web-based software distribution system that program administrators can tailor to their department’s needs. ELMS is provided as a free benefit to DreamSpark member departments worldwide, so no additional fees apply in order to use it. Essentially, ELMS enables administrators to create a customized Web-based software and key distribution mechanism for their department, deploy it to their students, and enjoy the benefit of the maintenance-free record-keeping inherent to the ELMS system.

Note: There is a brief deployment process, but the advantages of seamless record-keeping, broad distribution, and easy maintenance are significant! We highly recommend that all administrators consider the use of ELMS, which can be deployed in one of two ways:
  1. Campus-hosted downloads. This method of deployment allows administrators to create an account for their department on the ELMS Application Server, upload identities of all students in their department, and create a locally hosted (on-campus) download server that eligible students can use to get their software.
  2. Direct Student Download. This method of deployment allows administrators to create an account for their department on the ELMS Application Server, upload identities of all students in their department, and give eligible students access to a preconfigured download server.
The second option is to use MSDN Subscriber Downloads to access any product keys that students may need to activate their products. While administrators cannot grant direct access to the MSDN Subscriber Downloads to students, they can download the software package and request keys from this site and give them to students.
ELMS is a Web-based software distribution and management application hosted by Kivuto Solutions Inc. As a turnkey system, ELMS enables you to authenticate eligible students and faculty online and automate the ordering and distribution of DreamSpark software to students and faculty.

ELMS is available to all program administrators worldwide, and is currently available in six languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese and Portuguese-Brazilian. ELMS is available to your end-users in the following eight languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Turkish and Russian. When you request your ELMS, please be sure to indicate your language preference.

Go to the ELMS for DreamSpark page to learn about ELMS and its benefits.
To get your private URL to your ELMS, please fill out this request form. The support team will be able to give you instructions on how to setup and configure your ELMS system.
There is no work for administrators to set up a webstore. Once your subscription is active and you have you subscription ID #, you just need to fill in request form that you can find on the ELMS page – tab 2 and Kivuto will set it up for you within a few days. Once the ELMS webstore is set up, all you have to do is to create accounts for your students and faculty. Accounts can be created with a simple ‘’bulk upload’’ through a Excel spreadsheet, so it is very simple. For administrators what want to integrate the ELMS webstore account with their institution’s authentication, they can do ‘’Integrated User Verification’’ or via Shibboleth. There are very detailed guides available to guide you through this process. Start by reading. Read the ELMS Quick Start Guide on the ELMS page – tab 2 for more details and look at the detailed resources under Tab 3.
Absolutely.
Need to update your mailing address or the name of the contact person for a department? Email the customer service department for your region.. A full list of our Regional Service Center is available on the Institution Support Institution Support page.
You will receive an email 60 days prior to membership expiration reminding you to renew your subscription. If you have not received this email and are concerned that your subscription is about to expire, please contact us.

You can go to the MSDN Subscription Portal and check the expiration date of your subscription under "My Account".
In the membership expiration reminder email there will be a link to renew. Follow that link to continue the renewal process. If you do not have this email, click contact us. Alternatively you can go to the DreamSpark - Renew page and follow the renewal process.
Yes, customers receive multiple notification starting at -60 days from their expiration date. If you have an ELMS webstores, the webstores administrator also receive notifications from Kivuto.
You can renew any time before expiration and up to 30 days after expiration (grace period). Note that there is a discount for DreamSpark Premium subscription when you renew within 30 days. Also if you have an ELMS webstores, the main advantage of renewing on time is that you will be able to keep the same ELMS webstore. All your student accounts, product catalog and settings will be preserved.
If the you pass the 30 days grace period, you will not be able to renew at a discounted price and keep his current subscriber ID. You will need to enroll in a new subscription at full price. This means you will get a new subscriber ID and your ELMS webstore access will be disabled. It is therefore important that you renew on time.
Yes. One of the goals of the DreamSpark program is to make software available to students to experiment with in a laboratory setting. Even if a member department shares a lab with another department, the software may be installed on lab computers and made accessible to any student wishing to use the computers. Be aware that member departments do not have the legal right to install the software on lab computers not affiliated with the member department. Additionally, only students who are taking at least one credit class in the member department would have the right to install the program software on their personal computers.
Yes, they can sign up for DreamSpark Standard. A single membership will cover all students, educators, and labs across the institution. However, DreamSpark Premium is offered to STEM departments or technical schools.
Yes. A single membership with DreamSpark Standard will cover all student, educators, and labs across the institution. However, DreamSpark Premium subscriptions provide access only to an institution’s STEM departments.
Yes, absolutely, particularly since DreamSpark Premium is only for a single eligible department. If you want to have a campus-wide subscription, you need to enroll in DreamSpark Standard even if one of your departments has a DreamSpark Premium. Also if your institution has multiple eligible STEM departments, each STEM department needs to enroll in a DreamSpark Premium subscription, so in this case it is very common that an institution would have multiple subscriptions.
Students may enjoy unlimited usage of software for the purpose of furthering their learning and research efforts. The software is not to be used to run a business or for ventures that drive commercial profit. However, DreamSpark has partnered with the Microsoft App Store teams to enable students to create games and applications with the Windows Phone, and Windows 8 Developer kits. This is the one exception where a student is allowed to use the software available on DreamSpark for a money-making enterprise. To learn more, visit the Windows Phone App Development, the Windows 8 App Development and the Xbox Indie Games Development pages accessible from the App Development menu on the navigation bar of the Student Overview page.
In most cases, no. However, DreamSpark has partnered with the Microsoft App Store teams to enable students to create games and applications with the Windows Phone, and Windows 8 Developer kits. This is the one exception where a student is allowed to use the software available on DreamSpark for a money-making enterprise. To learn more, visit the Windows Phone App Development, the Windows 8 App Development and the Xbox Indie Games Development pages accessible from the App Development menu on the navigation bar of the Student Overview page.
No. The focus of DreamSpark is to provide departments, faculty and students with the tools necessary to specifically expand their study of software development and testing. Thus, we provide technologies such as Windows Server, Visual Studio .NET, SQL Server and Platform SDK.
Institutions may load DreamSpark software onto a secure download server and grant access to eligible faculty and students. Program administrators should ensure that the software is secured properly and only authorized users may download the software. They should audit the server periodically for suspicious activity and should periodically change access passwords.

In addition, Kivuto Solutions Inc. offers a software download, distribution and management solution at no charge. Your department is responsible for having students agree to the DreamSpark terms and conditions, the EULA and the license and amendment. The department should keep copies of signed agreements on file.
Yes. Any professional support staff whose primary responsibility is to maintain departmental labs are eligible to install DreamSpark software onto their personal computers for evaluation purposes only. The license amendment defines “Staff” as “any personnel duly engaged by the qualified educational user to teach or instruct students and/or to conduct non-commercial research."
Yes. If the faculty member is officially enrolled in the course, he/she is eligible to install DreamSpark software onto their personal computer for non-commercial use.
Need help? Contact the DreamSpark team.
You can find the DreamSpark privacy & cookies here.
Yes, you will have access to all of the software available on DreamSpark.com through your subscription. This software is accessed through either the Electronic License Management System (ELMS) or MSDN Subscription Portal.

These are accessible via the Subscription Access page.
Your program administrator should authorize the use of your technical support incidents. We recommend that you first try to get assistance through the free support forums. Then, contact your program administrator to get the phone number if you need to use a technical support incident. The phone number is located on the MSDN Subscription portal.
Only program administrators have access to the Member’s Area on the web site, because it contains administrative functions such as requesting additional product keys. However there is useful information in the Member’s Area that may be shared with other faculty and students. Examples include special offers, program materials and special downloads.
Microsoft Product Support services maintain a vast knowledge base of articles on common questions and issues with Microsoft products. We encourage you to do a quick search by keyword before seeking technical support. Often, you will find that other people have experienced similar issues or have had roughly the same question.