Free Software for CSCI Students

The Computer Science department has subscribed to the Microsoft DreamSpark and VMWare Academic Program to offer you free access to certain Microsoft and VMWare products for academic use. Among the packages available:

Microsoft Products
Windows 7 Professional
Windows 8 / 8.1 Professional
Windows Server
SQL Server
Visio Professional
Visual Studio Professional
VMWare Products
VMWare Workstation
VMWare Fusion Pro
VMWare Player

Please note that the Microsoft Office suite is not available through this program.

You must be a current Sierra College student enrolled in at least one Computer Science class to take advantage of this offer. If you have recently added a CS class and you are unable to get access, please wait a few days as it takes some time for the roster information to get updated.

The software is available by download only. In a few cases, you can obtain physical media at an extra charge.

For Windows operating systems, such as Windows 8, you will need to use a Windows PC--with an existing Windows operating system installed--capable of burning CDs and DVDs from ISO image files. Please note that, by default, no Windows operating system is capable of burning ISO image files. Some third-party burning software can work with ISO images. If you do not have software to burn ISO images, we recommend the free ISO Recorder plug-in.

To access the WebStore, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the DreamSpark/VMWare website.
  2. Register for an account using your MySierra username.
  3. Confirm your registration.
  4. Browse the catalog of software and add titles to your cart.
  5. Checkout to obtain your product keys. There should be no charge for any of the software.
  6. Write down your product keys and keep them in a safe place. When you are no longer in at least one computer science class at Sierra College, you will not be able to access the website for product key support.

When you select the software to download, a small application will be sent to your computer. This application will, in turn, download the large CD/DVD images into a temporary directory, probably C:\Temp. Burn the resulting ISO image file to the appropriate media.

The software is being made available to you courtesy of Microsoft, VMWare, and the Sierra College Computer Science department. They are to be used for academic purposes only in conjunction with a class you are taking here; to develop commercial software, you will need to purchase retail licenses for them.