Free and discounted Software for students

The free software offer is no longer available as of June 30, 2014.

A new option for Microsoft Office will be available soon and will be announced here.

Meanwhile, consider using a trial version of the software, e.g.

The new free software option will be in Office 365 which includes Office 2013.

Unless you are comfortable with computer technology, I would hold off from getting a trial version of Office 365. It may get confusing when you install the student version on top of the trial version later.





Students at Seattle Central can download  Office 2013, Office 2011 for Mac, Windows 7 and 8 for FREE!

Also Adobe Creative Clouds including Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, Dreamweaver, and etc is available at a discounted proce.

The detail instruction is available at Free Microsoft Applications 2013 (written instruction)

and the video below:


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Here is a brief information: You can see all available products at Click on the long URL shown under “Microsoft discounts” to see  Microsoft options for students. You can download for free or mail order the media at low costs, too.  Several other Microsoft products such as Office 365 University are also available.

The following steps are out-date. I will update it soon. You will need to access your student email account and instruction below (e.g. #8) is current.





For more detail steps, follow the instruction below. Also, you can follow the steps with this video demonstration.

Detail Steps to Get Free Microsoft Software:

  1. Get your Student ID Number (SID) ready.
  2. Check if your computer meets the system requirements. Google with the product name plus "system requirements". Here are the system requirements for Office 2010 and Windows 7. How to see what system you have?
  3. When you are ready to proceed, click on the link here:
  4. Choose the software package of your choice, e.g. Microsoft 2010.
  5. At the bottom of the page, you will see the Free option. Check the quantity and click the Add to Cart button.
  6. On the Sign In and Registration page, click on Register.
  7. Account Verification: For the verification option, choose the "I have an institution issued email address." option. Click on Continue.
  8. Account Verification > Verify Email Address: On the "Your institution issued email address*" box, enter your Seattle Central email address. What is it? How to find it?
    1. All Seattle Central students have an email account/address already created. The email address is the computer lab user ID (a.k.a. EdNet ID) followed by For example,
    2. To find your computer lab user ID (EdNet ID), go to
    3. From the list of alphabets, click on the first letter of your last name.
    4. Find your name from the list. The string of letters and two numbers next your name is the computer lab user ID you need. It is a combination of the first letter of your first name followed by first 5 letters of your last name followed by a 2-digit number. If your last name is less than 5 letters, it is filled with zero's, e.g. jdoe0001.
    5. Record your computer lab user ID.
    6. Now, add to your user ID, and that is your Seattle Central student email address. This email address is where they will send the verification.
  9. Back to Account Verification: Once you enter the email address, click on the Continue button. On the Account Registration page, enter your name and password. You set the password of your own. Record the password of your Microsoft applications account. Also, record that your account ID of this Web site is your student email address.
  10. Click on the Register button.
  11. Now, you need to verify the account by open the email sent from Microsoft to your student email account.
    1. Go to
    2. Login with your computer lab user ID (EdNet ID) and the email password. The email password is the same as the computer lab password which is the last 6 digits of your SID (student ID number). No dash or space, just the digits. Trouble? Click here.
    3. Once you login for the first time, you will have a chance to change to your own. Record the NEW password for your email account.
    4. Go to the Inbox, and open the email from Microsoft. Follow the instruction to verify your account.
  12. Back to the Microsoft site, select the software that you want to download (you repeat what you did earlier by selecting Office 2010, 2013, or else).
  13. Continue on the process to download.
  14. For the choice of 32 and 64 bit version, choose according to your computer specification. If you don't know if it is 32 or 64 bit, don't panic, just read on.
  15. Do not close the Web site window.
  16. After installation, activate the software with the Product Key - it is NOT your Microsoft account ID does not work.
    Where do you find the Product Key?
    1. Go back to the Microsoft Web site where you downloaded the software.
    2. Find the page showing the details of the application you downloaded.
    3. Copy the Product Key as shown below.
      Proudct Key
    4. Back to your software, use the Project Key to activate your software.
  17. Now you have the software.
































Trouble Logging In the Student Email

You may already have logged in before and have changed the password. If you do not remember the password,

  1. You can reset it at or
  2. Ask for help in the student computer lab in BE 3148 or
  3. The Student Help Desk on the main floor.

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