Installing ArcGIS Desktop 10.1 Digital Distribution Student Edition

You will need to have received you student software key code. If you are in a GIS class you should have received this from your instructor. If you are not in a class, you can contact for your code.

Support for the ArcGIS Desktop Education Edition is available at

 Before you install ArcGIS for Desktop

Check our system requirements to make sure your computer has the hardware and software required for the trial.

  • If necessary, install the Microsoft .NET Framework (version 3.5 Service Pack 1 or higher).
  • The software cannot be installed on a computer that has a previous version of ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Server installed; if necessary, uninstall previous versions of ArcGIS Desktop or Server.  It’s OK if the computer has ArcGIS Explorer installed.

Activate you authorization code

Download installation media

  • Click “Download”  button for ArcGIS Desktop
  • Run the downloaded ArcGIS_Desktop_101.exe to extract installation files to a directory
  • When prompted, allow ArcGIS to make changes on your computer.
  • Follow the instructions in the wizard.  Select “Complete” for Select Installation Type.
  • In 1. Select a Product, choose Advanced (ArcInfo) Single Use.
  • The 2. Launch the Authorization Wizard for Single Use Products now activates.  Click on Authorize Now.
  • In Authorization Options, leave default of I have installed my software and need to authorize it.  Click next.  Fill in your personal information if needed.
  • In Software Authorization Number, enter your activated code.
  • Go to Evaluate Software Extensions.  Add all extensions to Evaluation Extensions

Support for the ArcGIS Desktop Education Edition is available at