How does a student get a DreamSpark account for free software and store accounts?

How does a student get a DreamSpark account for free software and store accounts?

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DreamSparkDreamSpark gives students access to free software and free accounts for the Windows Store but how do you sign up?

DreamSpark ( is a program that provides students with free Microsoft software. Chances are your school is already signed up for DreamSpark and all you need to do is create your own account.

To create your DreamSpark account go here

Enter your name, date of birth, password, and whatever email address you wish to have associated with your DreamSpark account. After you have completed all the required fields select continue to verify.


Now, DreamSpark wants to verify that you are in fact a student. There are three ways to do this

1. Get verified through my school – if you pick this option you will be presented with a text box, type in the name of your university or school. Then select your school name from the dropdown list

When you select a school, you are asked to enter your university email address. This is how DreamSpark confirms that you are in fact a student at that school. Your school’s email domain name (e.g. is stored in DreamSpark for every school that is registered for the program. If you do not have a valid school email address, or your school is not listed you will have to select another method of verification.


2. I have an ISIC card – if you pick this option you can type in your ISIC serial number or the ISIC/CIP number or your ISIC/NUS card number to prove you are a student.

3. I have a verification code – this option requires you to enter a verification code. But where do you get a verification code? You need to reach out to a Microsoft representative or possibly a school administrator. You can also try reaching out to DreamSpark support to ask about manual verification but scanning and emailing proof of your student status to receive a verification code.


Once you have created and verified your account, you can now download software and get codes to provide you with free Windows Store account and free Windows Phone store accounts so you can develop and publish your apps for free!

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  • my university name isnt there in list of collages in dream spark

  • any one can send me a verification code for dream spark account.....

  • @Akhil - email we can let you know how we can get you a code (let us know what country you live in, and we will need you to prove you are a student, e.g. scan and send your student id card)

  • I have an ISIC (got it today), but when I try to verify my student status in dreamspark, all i get is this "Invalid card number." Please help me with this.

    My University don't provide .edu emails to students, so ISIC is the only option I am left with. Please provide me a solution.

  • Hi Saurabh,

    What country do you live in? I can probably put you in touch with a local evangelist to help you get it sorted out.

  • Hi,

    my university doesn't give out .edu ids to students what should i do?

    I live in India

    University name: Manav rachna International university

  • after submiting a scan copy of student id card . how much time it will take to verified the account

  • 1 week it will take to get verified.

  • I have a dreamspark account, but when i try to login it says Invalid Username or Password, it was working perfectly but now its not.

    Even when i use forgot password it doesnot recognize my email Id.

    My collage name is Sanghvi Institute of Management and Science, India(associated with dreamspark )

  • @Nishit you should contact DreamSpark support for help getting your account fixed

  • What method do I use for student verification with a scanned copy of my student id card?

  • @Phuong my understanding is that only an international student ID card is accepted (make sense if you think about it, there are tens of thousands of schools around the world, the verification team so trying to identify valid id cards from any school in the world would be virtually impossible). However any student should be able to get an ISIC card (I got one of those many years ago so I could prove I was a student at Youth hostels)  and then you can submit the ISIC card as validation. You can also talk to your instructor or professor and ask if they could get DreamSpark for your school. If there is a Microsoft event nearby and you can find your local evangelist they may be able to help you out as well.

  • I live in India. Please help me getting my verification code. I have only one attempt remaining.

  • For any trouble activating your DreamSpark you should contact the student DreamSpark support for help

  • Hi,

    I am a student windows developer, I got a call from Microsoft, the caller said asked me to mail my college id scan copy to some mail id of windows to get a new dreamspark code, unfortunately I forgot that email id of microsoft.I request if someone know that mail id, can you please share it? my mail id is



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