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SPSS for Windows

SPSS for Windows can be installed on faculty and staff personal computers using a site license authorization code. Our CSU - SPSS license supports only the two most current versions on the Windows platform, so uninstall earlier versions of SPSS. Installing SPSS for Windows will not interfere with prior installations as each product has a unique directory. This license is supported by Academic Technology Services (ATS). For on-campus computers, it is recommended that you install SPSS using the "SPSS Network License Installation" document.

System Requirements

The minimum hardware and software requirements for SPSS are as follows:

Operating System

  • Microsoft® Windows XP (32-bit 64-bit versions)
  • Vista (32-bit and 64-bit versions)
  • Microsoft® Windows System 7 (32-bit 64-bit versions)


  • Intel or AMD x86 processor running at 1 gigahertz (GHz) or higher
  • 512 megabytes (MB) of RAM or more. At least 1 gigabyte (GB) is recommended.
  • 450 MB of available hard-disk space.
  • CD-ROM drive.
  • Super VGA (800x600) or a higher-resolution monitor.

For connecting with an SPSS Server, a network adapter running the TCP/IP network protocol.


  • Internet Explorer

Installing SPSS on the Local Desktop 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.

Windows XP Pro

  • Download SPSS for Windows from Software Depot.
  • Launch the setup.exe and an autoplay menu will appear.
  • Click "Install SPSS" and follow the instructions.

Windows Vista

  • You must run AutoPlay as administrator.
  • Download SPSS for Windows from Software Depot.
  • Using Windows Explorer, browse to the SPSS directory.
  • Right-click setup.exe and choose "Run as Administrator".
  • The AutoPlay feature presents a menu.
  • Click "Install SPSS" and follow the instructions.

Windows System 7

  • Download SPSS for Windows from Software Depot.
  • Launch the setup.exe and an autoplay menu will appear.
  • Click "Install SPSS" and follow the instructions.

Installation Steps

1. Click "Install SPSS 19.0" to begin installation.

 AutoPlay Screen Menu

2. Select "Site license" and click Next> to continue.

 Network License Screen

3. Please review the License Agreement, accept the terms, and click Next> to continue.

 SPSS ReadMe Information

4. Please review the ReadMe Information and click Next> to continue.

 SPSS ReadMe Information

5. Enter the Customer Information. The serial number is available on CSULB Software Depot.

 License Manager Name

6. The default destination folder is C:\Program Files\SPSSInc\Statistics18\. Click Next>.

 Default Destination Folder

7. Click Install button to begin the installation.

 Ready to Install the Program

8. Uncheck the "Register with" box. Click OK to start the license authorization process.

 Install Shield Wizard Completed

9. Choose Licensing Method.

If you enable a temporary trial period of 14 days, you will have access to additional SPSS modules for 14 days. These include the ExactTest, Complex Samples, Classification Trees, ValidateData, Programmability, Advanced Visualization, Adaptor for PRedictive Enterprise Services and Neural Networks. This is important if you need to use a procedure with a fast turnaround. At the end of the trial period, you will run the SPSS Authorization Wizard to reset the software license.

Install Shield Wizard Completed

10. Click Next.

Install Shield Wizard Completed

11. Enter the authorization code. The authorization code is available on CSULB Software Depot. If you did not record the code when downloading the software, you can return and browse the "My Software" tab -> SPSS Receipt webpage to find the code. Click Next.

Install Shield Wizard Completed

12. Select the authorization method as "Internet". Click Next.

Install Shield Wizard Completed

13. Internet Authorization Status will indicate successful completion.

 Internet Authorization Status

14. Licensing Completed. Note the expiration date. Click Finish.

 Install Shield Wizard Completed

15. Launch SPSS to confirm installation.

Troubleshooting Desktop Computers 

If the Authorization Wizard does not provide you with a "successfully processed" message and SPSS fails when attempting to launch, try the next procedure to authorize your installation of SPSS.

1. Select Start --> Run. Enter "cmd" and click the OK button.

Run Command Window


2. At the prompt, if necessary, change the drive to "C:\". Then change the directory to "C:\Program Files\spssinc\statistics18". Finally, enter the following command: "spssactivator.exe".

Command Prompt


3. Enter the Authorization code provided.

4. Type "exit" to return to the Windows interface.

5. Try running SPSS again.


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