Computer Science and Engineering

DreamSpark Premium (MSDNAA)

DreamSpark Premium is a service that provides free licenses to Microsoft Software. If you are taking computing classes, you may be eligible for this service. Microsoft provides this in collaboration with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Please note Microsoft Office is not available.

DreamSpark software includes:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server
  • Visual Studio
  • SQL Server

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Am I eligible?

    If you are an educator in the CS/CEG department, or a student taking at least one CS or CEG course (for credit), you're eligible.

  • How long am I eligible?

    New software can be downloaded only during the duration of your CS or CEG course(s). Existing software will continue to work with free updates beyond this point, but additional licenses cannot be issued. The software licenses provided can be used for personal (non-commercial) projects or for coursework, even beyond graduation.

    Your account will be deactivated between semesters (breaks, etc.) and will be deactivated during semesters you are not enrolled in a CS/CEG course (for example, if you are not taking a summer course your account will be deactivated). Accounts will be re-activated the first week of a term that you are enrolled in a CS or CEG course.

    You will not be able to view your product keys or download software while your account is deactivated.

    DreamSpark Premium was formerly known as the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA).

  • Is Microsoft Office available?

    No, not at this time.

  • How do I start?

    Accounts are created automatically during the first week of the semester so long as you are registered for a CS or CEG course. Your username is your WSU email address (

    If you do not receive an email regarding your password please visit the DreamSpark login page and select the "Forgot your username or password?" link.

  • Who do I get in contact with for help?

    Contact our friendly systems administrator Kayleigh Duncan.

  • What email address can I use for DreamSpark?

    You can only use your Wright State University email address ( for DreamSpark. 

    • The account is only active during the semester you are enrolled in CS/CEG courses.
    • These accounts will be generated within the first week of classes.
    • They automatically exprire the last day of finals week each semester.

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