DreamSpark https://www.dreamspark.com is a program that provides no-cost access to Microsoft designer and development tools and training for verified high school and university students around the world, to support and advance their learning and skills through technical design, technology, math, science and engineering activities. This program equips tomorrow’s developers with the professional tools to inspire and create today.

The latest releases of the professional-level tools – Expression Studio 3, Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R2 and XNA Game Studio 3.1 are now available in the Dreamspark program for no-cost downloads by all eligible high-school and higher-Ed students.

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Higher-Ed student enrollment Verification process for US DreamSpark?

  1. Create a Live ID at https://signup.live.com
  2. On https://www.dreamspark.com/ , select a product and Click on ‘Verify’.
  3. Select Continent, Country, State (and optionally the City)
  4. Select your School* and hit Continue
  5. Submit Name, Date of Birth and school provided .edu email address (i.e. an email address that ends in  .edu). 
  6. An activation email is sent to your .edu  email address with a 5x5 access code
  7. Enter this 5x5 access code at https://www.dreamspark.com/Activate/ to get  12 months of access to Dreamspark software downloads.

Support for Dreamspark is at https://support.microsoft.com/contactus/emailcontact.aspx?scid=sw;en;1333&WS=DreamSparkCollege .

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* If you cannot find your school (i.e. school is not listed), click on the  image button in the  “Couldn't get Verified” section. then click on Support\Contact US  where you can provide the name of the missing School so we can get it added to the list of 5000 schools.