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Downloading a Product Key from your DreamSpark’s ELMS account

If you are a university student/ faculty in Nepal studying/ teaching either Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or Design (STEM-D) subject, you are eligible to receive most of the Microsoft software free of cost.

This is a fairly easy process. I have listed down the necessary steps you need to go thru in order to be able to download the software/ product key of your choice.

Step-1: Verify yourself as a valid STEM-D student/ faculty by showing your valid student/university registration card at Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) Nepal, Unlimited Building in Khichapokhari, Kathmandu and submit your valid email ID for a new DreamSpark Account.

Step-2: Upon verification of your identity, a DreamSpark account (also called ELMS account) will be created for you within a period of one week of your ID verification and submission of valid email ID.

Step-3: You will receive an email from Unlimited Engineering College notifing you that an account has been created for you as:

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Step-4: Open the email and click the registration link as:

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Step-5: The registration links takes you to a new web page were you will need to register for your account information. Choose a password in order to log in later and click register. Once you click register, it will open a page containing pool of Microsoft products as:

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Step-6: Now it’s completely up to you on choosing a Microsoft product of your need to start downloading either the serial key or the software itself, or both. Say, if you are interested to download the product Microsoft Windows 8, click the option in the icon:

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Step-7: Your selection of the product will prompt you to a new page as it is seen. I am here interested to download a 64-bit edition of Windows 8, so I am selecting the second option by clicking the <Add To Cart> option.

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Step-8: After you have clicked <Add To Cart> option, below page will be displayed. Click the option <Check Out> to proceed further with the downloading of the product and it’s serial key.

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Step-9: Once you have checked out, the next step is to sign the EULA(End User License Agreement). Click <I Accept>.

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Step-10: A new webpage will appear. This page contains the details about the purchase order you have placed for the Microsoft software (in my case, Windows 8). And don’t worry, the amount that is billed is 0.00$ Smile.

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Click <Proceed with Order> option as can be seen at the bottom of the page to proceed.

Step-11: A new page opens containing all those information you were craving for. Yes, the product key and the download button for downloading the particular software you were interested in as in the screenshot.

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Step-12: Click <Start Download> button to start downloading the software while the product is already visible to you in the screen. Copy the product key in a notepad for further activation process.