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Microsoft Campus Agreement - FAQ
This article answers frequently asked questions about the Microsoft Campus Agreement.
Where can I get a copy of one of these products for my computer to do my school work and other University-related work?
Actively enrolled University of Chicago students can download, for free, Microsoft Office and Microsoft Windows by visiting: http://softwarediscount.uchicago.edu/. Sign in with your CNetID and password. Active staff and faculty can also download the software for personal use at a greatly reduced price.
The Microsoft Campus Agreement is a non-perpetual, annual license that is based upon the number of faculty, students, and staff who are currently enrolled or employed at the University of Chicago. Eligible users can install and use the software purchased for 12 months from the date of purchase. If the agreement is not renewed, access to the software must be discontinued and un-installed.
So I get my own individual copy of Microsoft/Office Windows for FREE!
Hold on a minute there! You do not own the license, but the University owns it. You, however, maintain the right to use the software as long as you are currently University faculty, student, or staff.
There is no catch! But you might miss having your own personal copy of the CDs and manuals, and miss not having access complimentary access to the technical support from Microsoft. You will, however, have access to free upgrades and support from our ITS Service Desk, who is reachable at 773-703-5800.
The ITS Service Desk provides up-and-running installation support for the software made available through the Microsoft Campus Agreement.
Individuals are NOT eligible for complimentary telephone support directly from Microsoft, but you can certainly feel free to utilize whatever online resources that Microsoft provides as well as their for-pay offerings.
My computer does not meet the minimum requirements for the current version of Office and Windows. Are older versions available through this program?
No, only the CURRENT versions are available through the University of Chicago Microsoft Campus Agreement.
My computer does not have an operating system on it, can I use the Windows CD offered through the Campus Agreement to install on my computer?
No, the Campus Agreement only provides us with Windows Operating System UPGRADE rights. You must have a legally licensed Microsoft Operating System already on your machine to upgrade.
No, the Campus Agreement does not include database software for the Macintosh. Microsoft's main database product is Access, which currently is available only for Windows.
You are NOT permitted to share your copies of the Student Media. Each copy of Student Media has a unique Product Activation Key, which limits the number of installations per license. In accordance with the Microsoft End-User License Agreement, you may install a copy of Microsoft Office on two computers. For other Campus Agreement software, you may install a copy of the software on a single computer. If you share your copy of the Student Media after completing your two installations, the installations will fail.
How many installations can I perform using the Student Media?
Each Microsoft application has its own Microsoft Campus Agreement which impacts how many installations are available to you. You are permitted to install ONE instance of the Windows Operating System and ONE Windows upgrade. Office products can be installed TWO times and on unique devices. The Campus Agreement will allow other products to be installed ONE time and on ONE computer. Note: when Office is installed on a secondary computer, both installations can only be used for school or work-related purposes.