Azure for GSC Students

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Microsoft Azure for Education (formerly Microsoft Imagine Software / Previously Dreamspark)

Granite State College subscribes to Microsoft Azure for Education to allow faculty and students to download Microsoft development software to be used for instructional purposes.

Downloading Software with Microsoft Azure (PDF version attached)

Note: All software available via Microsoft Azure for Students is only compatible with Windows 10.

Software acquired through Microsoft Azure is intended for currently enrolled students with Granite State College. 
Licenses and activation status will only be maintained for active students.

Microsoft DreamSpark / Imagine has been replaced with Microsoft Azure for Education.

To access Azure:

  • Go to:
  • Click Sign in (blue button)
  • If prompted for an account or email address, enter your email address
  • This will direct you to Granite State College login page, re-enter your username and password.
  • You will then receive a page where you need to certify your agreement to Azure’s terms. Click “yes” and you will be informed you are accepted as a registered student.  Click “next.”
  • You should see a screen similar to this:

  • To view the list of available software, click the “Download software” blue button
    • Note: These buttons may move each time you log in, they may not be in the same location as the screen shot.
  • On the next screen you can either scroll through or search for software:
    • Note: You can search for parts of a file name like Project or Visio (Project Professional is an example)
    • (If you are unsure of which software package to download, please reach out to your instructor)
  • Click on the software package you need
  • A new frame will open on the left side of the screen.
  • Click the View Key button to retrieve your product key and write down that key – you will need it later during the installation process! This is very important!
  • Click the download button to begin downloading the installer software

Note: the files are very large (usually 3.5-4GB) and this download can take a long time (more than 30 minutes)).  The download can timeout or fail with slower connections.  If this happens please try to download the software from a location with higher Internet speeds.

  • Download:
    • Firefox:
      • A blue down arrow near the top right corner of your browser
      • Click on the arrow to view your downloads
      • Click on the file to run it
    • Chrome:
      • A button will appear at the bottom of the browser
      • Make a note of the file name and location of your downloaded file.
      • When the download is finished, proceed with the installation guidance below.
    • Internet Explorer / Chrome
      • Will generally download into your downloads folder or will prompt you to identify a folder. Make a note of the file name and location.
  • Installing the Software
    • Please make sure all MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) are closed before proceeding.
    • When the download is complete, access the file you just downloaded and click on it. T
  • The installer should run automatically (no options to select).
  • When the installation is complete (or during the installation) you will be asked for the product key.
  • Enter the product key and your installation is complete.

Need Additional Help?

Please fill out the Microsoft Integrated Services (MIS) webform with as much detail as possible, or contact the ET&S Help Desk team on your local campus.

For additional training, please visit the Teaching & Learning Technologies Training site


Article ID: 2316
Thu 6/4/20 2:07 PM
Thu 4/15/21 10:57 AM
Applicable Institution(s):
Granite State College (GSC)