Microsoft offers a ton of discounts and freebies to support students. They had introduced this program long ago but recently started adding more and more worthy software kits for students. Their software catalog for students show a wide range of useful software suites such as the Visual Studio Professional edition, SQL Server versions and more.
To grab all these for everyone else means shelling out hundreds of dollars, but fortunately for you they are all free. You get a genuine license of all these softwares for free if you can somehow verify that you are a student. In most cases this is very easy and just takes 10 seconds. So read on to find out how to grab Visual Studio Professional 2013 for free (& more).
- Create a DreamSpark account.
- Verify that you are a student.
- Link your Microsoft Account to DreamSpark.
- Download and use your favorite softwares for free.
1. Creating a DreamSpark Account.
Step 1. Visit the DreamSpark Account Creation page.
Step 2. Fill in the details correctly (don’t fake any details).
Step 3. Click on Continue to Verify button.
2. Verify that you are a Student.
After you click on the verify button on the DreamSpark account creation page, You will be redirected to the Verification Page, here is where you verify that you are indeed a student. There are 5 verification options to choose from, I will be using the Email Account to verify. To use this, you must have a valid email account with your School/College. Most of the Schools and Colleges will give one to their students. Provided you have chosen the correct country in the registration page, you can use this option.
Step 1. Enter your School/College Email ID in the ‘School email address‘ & ‘Reenter school email address‘ field.
Step 2. Click on the Verify button.
Step 3. You will be asked to click on a verification link that was sent to your School Email Inbox.
Step 4. Login to your Inbox and click on the link to verify and activate your DreamSpark Student Account.
3. Map your DreamSpark Account to Microsoft Account.
Once you have verified your DreamSpark account, you will be asked to map this account to your Microsoft Account. Just click on the link the page provides.
You can either signup for a new Microsoft Live account or Login with your existing Live Account to complete this step.
4. Download and Activate your Softwares.
Now that you have a verified DreamSpark account, you are eligible for free softwares from the software catalog. So visit the Software Catalog page and choose your favorite software.
Then click on Get Key > Copy the Key > Click on Download. Then use the Key while installing the Software.
Please note that the License is valid for 1 year from the date of registration.
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