Free Software at WSU


Among the many benefits of being a Computer Science major at Winona State, is access to a library of free software.

These libraries of software come from Microsoft DreamSpark, VMware, and Winona State Universities Software Additions.

These libraries include software like Windows operating systems (including Windows 10), Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, VMware Fusion, and lots more. To learn more about each of the three libraries, and how to use them, continue reading below.

Microsoft DreamSpark

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

What does this mean to you? Free Microsoft Software.

From Windows 7 to Sharepoint Designer to DOS, there is an entire free library of software for Winona State Computer Science students to download.

How do you access this software? Go to DreamSpark and complete the registration with your WSU email address.


VMware

VMware offers great virtual machine software that allows you to run multiple operating systems at once, on your laptop. For free.

How do access this software? Go to http://WinonaState.OnTheHub.com and sign in with your WSU username and password.com


Winona State Software Additions

Winona State offers some great software to the entire University. Some of this software includes Adobe Creative Suite, Maple, SPSS, and more! For a complete list of software offered by WSU, visit Tech Supports Software page.

How can you install this software? It varies between Mac and Windows. But what doesn't vary is the installation experience. For the best installation experience, make sure you are on campus and plugged in with your purple ethernet cord. Also, make sure you don't have any unnecessary programs open during the install process. Let's get started installing:

Using a Mac Laptop: Start by going to your applications folder. From there find the "WSU_Additions" folder, and open "SoftwareAdditions". You will then need to enter your password once, or twice. After you enter your password, you will see a list of all the software you have access to. Check the software you'd like to install and press "Install Software". The software will begin downloading and installing. It's as simple as that. Remember, don't open any applications while the installation is in progress.

Using a Windows Laptop: From the Start menu, click "Control Panel". Under the "Programs" heading click "Get programs". Next, click on "Install a program from the network", located on the left sidebar. A list of available programs should populate. Double-click on the program you would like to install. The program will begin downloading and installing. It's as simple as that. Remember, don't open any applications while the installation is in progress.

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