Computer Science Department - DreamSpark program

Students currently enrolled in CNT or COMSC classes are entitled to selected free software from Microsoft through its DreamSpark program. In order for a student to participate in this program, their instructor must be a participant in the program. If you are a CNT or COMSC student, ask your instructor if they are participating in the program. If so, they should be able to provide you with directions for activating and using an account.

This program is available only to currently enrolled students. Our agreement with DreamSpark does not allow us to honor requests from formerly enrolled students to replace lost or damaged software.

The software titles listed on the store front are the only ones available. Titles include operating systems (like Windows 8) and development tools (like Visual Studio). New titles are added as they become available. If you do not see a title listed, such as Microsoft Office, then it is not available. In fact, as long as DVC has participating in this program, Office has never been offered.

DreamSpark home page

Participating instructors collect their students' Insite portal emails from their WebAdvisor rosters and submit them for registration in the program. They do this on a regular basis throughout the first weeks of a semester in order to pick up newly-added students. Students should be alerted via email of their account information, including a URL to use and a password. If you have not received account information in your email, check with your instructor to see if this might be the case, and if so, encourage your instructor to participate.

Some titles download as folders and files, and others as ISO or IMG disk images. To install from folder and files, find the setup.exe file and double-click it. To install from an ISO or IMG, use CD/DVD authoring software like "Roxio" or "Nero" to make a CD or DVD from the ISO, and install from that. Or use virtual DVD drive software, like "MagicDisc". Go to to download and install "MagicDisc" for free. Once installed it appears as an icon next to your digital clock. Right-click it and choose "How to..." for directions on using MagicDisc.

If the software that you download requires a CD key or serial number for installation, you can look it up on DreamSpark by locating the software title, and clicking the delivery type: download, cd checkout, or mail order. If the CD key or serial number are not listed in the summary table, click View Order Details and click the title to access a more complete summary table.

If you need a new activation code for installation, request one through DreamSpark.

Sorry, but the Computer Science department does not provide support other than to arrange for accounts.

Your enrollment period will end when the semester ends. Sorry, but you will not longer be able to order free software, or to order replacements or additional installs after your enrollment period ends.

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