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EECS Microsoft Dreamspark/e-Academy Site


All EECS e-Academy accounts expire at 9am on Monday May 16, 2016.


The EECS e-Academy site will be closed from May 16, 2016 – June 20, 2016.

No accounts or services will be available.


Students who are eligible for Summer 2016 (EECS majors or enrolled in an EECS class)

can request access starting June 20, 2016 by following the instructions below.


See below for instructions about requesting service on an existing e-Academy account.



Students in EECS classes may download selected software applications for free via the Microsoft E-Academy WEB site. This service is only available to students with current UC Berkeley Student ID numbers and CalNet ID logins.   This software is for use on home computers. The software is donated by Microsoft and your use is subject to conditions set by Microsoft.


Here is the procedure:

  1. Register:   Goto and select "Login using your Berkeley CalNet ID".  Authorize EECS Instruction to give your email address to Microsoft.
  2. Wait:   You will receive email from Microsoft on the following business day. It will contain instructions for accessing the software, including an account name and password for you to login to the E-Academy WEB site.
  3. Download:   Go to the Dreamspark WEB site at and select "Software" to see what products are available via E-Adademy.   Logon there to download products.
  4. Re-register:   The user list is deleted at the end of each semester (May, August, December), so you have to re-register each semester.


Eligibility: This service is only for UC Berkeley students in EECS classes.


Not included:   Microsoft Office products and Microsoft products for Apple computers are not available in e-Academy.

The download process:

  1. When you start a download from e-Academy, it copies a little program to your computer. You run the program to download and unpack the software.   The file name of this program looks like "Downloader for something.exe".    (If you get a file that does not have “.exe” on the end, then something probably went wrong with the download.  But you can try adding the “.exe” to the filename and clicking on the file to see if that fixes it.)
  2. The software image that it downloads will have a file name that ends in .iso when it is finished.   The .iso file can be copied to a CD using CD burner software on your computer.
  3. The initial, packed form of the image that is downloaded will have a file name that ends in .sdc.   If you end up with this file, then the download was probably interrupted and you will have to start again.
  4. If you are denied permission to download the software again after an error has occurred, please submit a trouble report as described in e-Academy Support below.
  5. License keycodes are sent to you via email from


e-Academy Support:   For help, please use one of these e-Academy forms:


·           " Request Additional Downloads"   (to request another copy of a product that you have already downloaded)

·           " Request Customer Support"   (to submit a bug report about the e-Academy site)

·           These forms ensure that we get your identity and the product identity the way e-Academy defines them.


EECS does not manage the keycode distribution or CD content; we just provide your email address to Microsoft and copy their downloadable CD images to our server.


Microsoft in EECS:   For additional information about Microsoft software on EECS Instructional systems, please see

March 25, 2008