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SPSS Statistics: Download & Installation for Windows (Students)

This article covers how CSUF students can download, install, and activate SPSS Statistics

Step 1: Remove Previous Versions of SPSS Statistics

If you do not have a previous version of SPSS Statistics installed, proceed to Get the Activation Code.

If you have an older version of SPSS Statistics on your device you need to remove it before installing the newer version.  

This will prevent potential compatibility issues among multiple versions.  

1. Open the Settings

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2. Click on Apps

3. Select IBM SPSS Statistics from the list

4. Click Uninstall twice

5. Restart you computer

Warning: You will need to restart your computer to complete the uninstall process.

Step 2: Get the Activation Code

1. Open your browser to the Beyond Compare Software Page and click "Get A Personal IBM SPSS License"

a. Go to the IBM SPSS Software Page

b. Click on "Get A Personal IBM SPSS License"

2. Login using your CSUF Portal Username & Password

3. Add the SPSS Statistics license to your cart

Note: If you don't see "Add to Cart" you may have already received a code, click on "View ordered license".

4. Click on "View your cart" and accept the EULA

Alert: Once you read the EULA, make sure to tick the check box and click on "Place your order"

5. Your cart will now display your activation code under "Serial Number"

Tip: Save this serial number or keep this tab open, you will need it later to activated SPSS Statistics

Step 3: Download the Software

1. Go to IBM SPSS Software Page and click "Download IBM SPSS"

a. Go to the IBM SPSS Software Page

b. Click on "Download IBM SPSS"

2. Select the "IBM SPSS Statistics" folder, then select "PC"

3. Click on "Download" then "Direct Download"

Tip: The download button is located in the top right of the web page

Note: The file download time may vary based on the device and internet connection

Step 4: Install the Software

1. Locate and open the installation file you downloaded.

Note: The installation file should go to the "Downloads" folder by default, unless changed

2. Click Next

3. Accept the terms in the license agreement, then click Next

4. Optional: Select if you would like to download "Essentials for Python", then click Next

Tip: If you haven't heard of Python then it's likely you don't need it

5. Click Next

6. Click Install

7. Once installed, make sure the "SPSS Authorization Wizard" box is checked, then click Finish

Step 5: Activate the Software

1. Select "Authorized user license", then click Next

2. Enter the Authorization Code you obtained previously, then click Next

3. Click Next once license is authorized, then click Finished.

SPSS Statistics is now Installed & Activated

Where is SPSS Statistics Located?
  1. Select the Start Button (Apps will be in alphabetical order)
  2. Go to the "I" section and you'll find the "IBM SPSS Statistics" folder
  3. Open the folder to find "IBM SPSS Statistics"
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Need technical assistance?

Contact the Student IT Help Desk at (657) 278-8888 or

Visit the Student Genius Center on the first floor of the Pollak Library North. Go to the SGC website for walk-in hours:

The Student IT Help Desk and Student Genius Center can assist with:

  • Issues with obtaining the Authorization Code
  • Issues with installing SPSS Statistics
  • Issues with activating SPSS Statistics