The BJU Computer Science department is a member of the MSDN Dreamspark program. Among other benefits, this program allows students taking qualifying computer science courses at BJU (generally, CpS 109 and above) to install Microsoft operating systems and development tools on their own personal computers for academic and personal use (non-profit). Available software includes Windows operating systems (Windows 10/Windows 7/Windows Server), Visual Studio Enterprise, SQL Server, and others.
Qualifying students will receive an e-mail message at the beginning of the semester, after the drop/add period is complete, announcing how they may obtain software. If you did not receive this e-mail, and you believe you qualify for the program, contact the Dreamspark lab administrator.
There are two ways you can obtain software under the program.
You can download software directly to your computer. Use the Software Downloads link to get started. An automated e-mail is sent after drop-add each semester to qualifying students with further instructions.
Bring a USB drive and have a lab assistant copy software onto it. Before bringing your media to the lab assistant, first request the software from the Software Downloads system, and choose the "Media copy" option. This supplies the license key necessary to use the software.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I do with the software?
- You may use the software for personal and academic purposes (non-profit).
- You may not make copies of the software for anyone else.
- You may continue to use the software even after you leave BJU, as long as it's not used for any moneymaking (for-profit) purposes.
- You may install the software on as many computers as you want.
Do I qualify for the software?
If you are currently enrolled in CpS 109, CpS 110, CpS CpS 201, CpS 202, CpS 209, CpS 210, CpS 225, CpS 230, CpS 250, or any CpS class numbered 300 or above, you qualify.
How do I install ISO files obtained through Electronic Distribution?
Some software is distributed in the form of a zipped ISO image file. After downloading and unzipping the file, you can extract the files from the ISO image file to your hard drive using a free utility like 7-Zip and run setup.exe from your hard drive to start the install.
If you have further questions, ask a Lab Assistant.