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SPSS for Macintosh

SPSS for Macintosh can be installed on faculty and staff personal computers using a site license authorization code. Our SPSS license supports only the two most current versions on the Macintosh platform. Installing SPSS for Macintosh will not interfere with prior installations as each product has a unique directory. For on-campus computers, it is recommended that campus techs install SPSS using the Network License Installation process.


Operating System Requirements

Apple® Mac OS X 10.8 is the minimum Mac OS required to run SPSS.

Installing on Personal Macintosh Computers


When you install SPSS, you must have administrator privileges. You must also have an Internet connection to complete the authorization process. When on-campus, wireless users must not only have a connection to the campus network, but you must also log onto the campus with your identification number and password to activate an Internet connection.


Installation Steps


1. Launch the downloaded SPSS for Macintosh and click on the SPSS Statistics Installer to begin. 

SPSS for Macintosh Installation 


2. User Account Control. SPSS Statistics Installer tries to install a new helper tool. Enter your administrator's name and password when prompted. Click "OK".

 User Account Control


3. Select your installation language and click "OK". 

 Select Installation Language


4. Licensed Materials. Review and click "Next".

 Licensed Materials


5. License Type. Select "Authorized User License" and Click "Next".

 License Type Authorized User License


6. License Agreement. Review and agree to the terms by selecting "I accept" if you accept the terms of the license agreement. Click "Next".

License Agreement 


7. Customer Information. Enter your User Name (First and Last) and Organization (CSULB). Click "Next".

 Customer Information


8. Help Language. Select additional languages if needed. Otherwise, click "Next". 

 Help Language


9. Python Essentials. Select "Yes" if you require "Essentials for Python" software. Otherwise, select "No" and click "Next".



10. Choose Install Folder. The default destination folder is recommended. Click "Next". 

Choose Installation Folder


11. Pre-Installation Summary. Review the disk space information and click "Install". 

Pre-Installation Summary 


12. License IBM SPSS Statistics. Check "Register for product updates" if desired. Click "Done" to start the license authorization process. You will need the authorization code that was provided to you on CSULB Software Depot.

 License IBM SPSS Statistics


13. Product Authorization. Select "License My Product Now" and click "Next".

If you select "Enable for Temporary Usage", you will have access to additional SPSS modules for a period of time. This is important if you need to use a procedure that is not include with our license. At the end of the trial period, you will need to run the SPSS Authorization Wizard to re-activate the software license.

Product Authentication 


14. Enter Codes. Enter the authorization code here. If you did not copy the code, log into your account on CSULB Software Depot. Click on "Your Account/Orders" link and locate your SPSS software. Click the product link and the authorization code for the current academic year will appear. Save a copy of this code. Copy and paste the code in the field below. Click "Next". 

 License Authorization Process


15. Internet Authorization Status. The message "Successfully processed all codes" will appear. Click "Next".

 Internet Authorization Status


16. Licensing Completed. Click Finish.

Licensing Completed 


17. Restart your system for the configuration changes mad to IBM SPSS Statistics  to take effect.

18. Launch SPSS to confirm installation.



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