Students and faculty who are updating their IBM SPSS Statistics software to IBM SPSS Statistics 24 may encounter an error resulting in having no access to CNU’s commuter licenses for the software. If you open the Commuter Utility window and find it blank, you are encountering this error.

Blank Commuter Utility Window Error

This error is due to a setting on your computer known as an environmental variable, which prevents the software to talking to the server that manages the commuter license. This documentation will walk you through the steps to deactivate this environmental variable and allow you to access the commuter license.

In Windows 7, start by clicking the Start button at the bottom left of your computer. Right-click on the Computer option in the left-hand bar, and select “Properties” from the resulting drop-down menu. From In Windows 10, you can use the search bar to open the Control Panel, then select System. 

Windows 7 PropertiesWindows 10 System

The resulting window will include a sidebar listing some settings from the computer’s Control Panel. Click on “Advanced system settings” to open the System properties. If you are on a CNU-provided computer, you may need to obtain administrative permissions to continue.

Advanced System Settings

In the resulting window, click on the button labeled “Environmental Variables.”

Environmental Variables

A window will open listing the active user and system environmental variables on the computer. Using the window listing the system variables, scroll until you locate the variable named “LSHOST”. The value should be listed as ‘no-net’. Select this variable, click the Delete button, then click OK to close the window. Be careful not to change or delete any other variables in this window; doing so can cause problems with your computer.

LSHOST Variable

Close all the previous windows and re-open the SPSS Commuter License. You should now see the available commuter licenses provided by CNU.

Commuter Utility Fixed

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