Software Installation

Several software packages are available for download by staff  free-of-charge.  Each package lists its specific expiry date and can be downloaded on up to 2 personal computers.  In order to install some software, the Secure Download Manager must already be installed on your computer.

How do I download software from DreamSpark?

Steps to follow

  1. Login to the NUI Galway DreamSpark website at:

  2. From the Students tab, select DreamSpark.Software Installation: 1
  3. Choose your desired software from the Downloads list; here we use Microsoft Songsmith as an example.
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  4. Select the Are you eligible? tab for details regarding your eligibility and order limits.
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  5. If you meet the eligibility requirements and wish to proceed, select Add to Cart
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  6. Once finished shopping, proceed to Check Out
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  7. Review the Subscription Agreement, Accept to continue.
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  8. Enter your credentials and your NUI Galway email address, then Proceed with Order

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  9. To download your software immediately, select Start Download.  Otherwise, you may choose to download the software at a later time using the download link supplied in your Order Receipt, which is emailed to your NUI Galway email account. 
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  10. Follow the Easy Steps to get your software.  If this is your first time downloading software from DreamSpark, you must install the Secure Download Manager.
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  11. Download the .SDX file for your order.

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  12. The Secure Download Manager will open, select Start Download.
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  13. Once complete, select Launch 
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  14. Unzip the file to a location of your choice; here Desktop is used for ease.
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  15. Select the Setup icon from your desktop to open the Install Wizard.

  16. Choose desired install location and permissions, click Next
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  17. Review the License Agreement,  click Agree and Next
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  18. Select Next, installation will now begin. 
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  19. Installation is now complete, select Close
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  20. Your program should now be listed under All Programs in the Start menu. 
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