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Install for Windows

Can you install SPSS?

You must have administrator access to your machine to install SPSS. If you do not have administrator access, reach out to us via the Helpdesk for assistance.  Additionally, SPSS is only available for 64-bit Windows.  

Determining on Windows 7

To determine whether your Windows 7 version is 32 or 64 bit, click on the start menu, right-click on Computer, and choose Properties.

Windows 7 Properties


In the screen that appears, you can find your system type (64 or 32 bit):

Windows Properties System Type

Determining on Windows 10

On Windows 10, right-click on the start menu and choose System.

Windows 10 Start Menu System

On the screen that comes up, the “System type” field will tell you whether you have a 32-bit or 64-bit system.

Windows 10 System Type

Getting a License Key

First, fill out the SPSS Authorized License Request .  You must be logged in with your CNU account to fill out the form.  If you’re installing SPSS from the links in this article, choose 27 for your version number.

Once you do that, you’ll receive an e-mail with your license number.  You’ll need that later in the process.

Getting SPSS

To download SPSS, click this download link.   If you’re already signed in to CNU Connect, you’ll be taken directly to the download link.  If not, you’ll see the Google sign-in page. Sign in with your CNU e-mail and password.

Google Sign In Page

Either way, you’ll then see the download link.  Click on the Download button to download the file.

Download SPSS from Google Drive Link

As the SPSS installer is a large file, you’ll get a warning that Google Drive is unable to scan the file for viruses.  Since this is a trusted CNU drive, click “Download anyway” and the file will download.

Google Drive Download Approval


Installing SPSS

Navigate to where you downloaded the file and click SPSS_Statistics_25_win64.exe. If you aren’t already logged in as an administrator, you’ll be prompted to enter an administrator’s credentials. If you do not have administrator credentials, you will not be able to continue the installation after this point; please contact the Helpdesk for assistance. 

SPSS icon Desktop

After administrator credentials have been entered and recognized, the installer will start.  Click Next.

SPSS Install Admin Credentials Approved

You’ll be presented with a license agreement.  Accept the agreement and click Next.

SPSS Install License Agreement

You’ll be asked if you want to install SPSS Statistics Essentials for Python.  Click yes or no and click Next. If you don’t know what Python is, you can click no.

SPSS Install 1

If you choose to install Python, you’ll have to accept two more license agreements and click Next.

SPSS Install Windows 2 SPSS Install Windows 3

Either way, you’ll be asked where to install SPSS.  Unless you have a reason to install it somewhere other than the default, click Next.

SPSS Install Windows 4

Then, click Install to begin the installation.

SPSS Install Windows Final

The install will start.  It will take a few minutes.

When it completes, you’ll be given the option to start the SPSS License Authorization Wizard. Make sure the box is checked and click Finish.

SPSS InstallShield Wizard Windows 1


The License Authorization Wizard will start.  Choose “Authorized user license” and click Next.

SPSS Windows InstallShield License

On the next screen, enter the license code you received in the box and click Next.

SPSS InstallShield Wizard License Key Windows

You’ll see a message that your license has been applied.  Click Next, then Fiinish.

SPSS InstallShield Windows License Applied

Your SPSS license is valid for the remainder of the academic year.  You’ll have to request a new code from the form and re-run the License Authorization Wizard each year.


Install for Mac

You will need to be logged in as an administrator on your computer to complete the installation.

First, fill out the  SPSS Authorized License Request .  You must be logged in with your CNU account to fill out the form.  If you’re installing SPSS from the links in this article, choose 27 for your version number.

Once you do that, you’ll receive an e-mail with your license number.  You’ll need that later in the process.

Download SPSS from this download link .  If you’re already signed into CNU Connect, you’ll immediately see the download link.  If not, you’ll see the Google sign-in page. Sign in with your  CNU e-mail and password.

Google Drive Sign In

Either way, you’ll then see the download link.  Click on the Download button to download the file.

SPSS Download Google Chrome

As the SPSS installer is a large file, you’ll get a warning that Google Drive is unable to scan the file for viruses.  Since this is a trusted CNU drive, click “Download anyway” and the file will download.

Google Drive Download Approval

Click on your download, and double-click SPSS_Statistics_Installer.

SPSS Installer Mac Icon

You’ll receive a notification that the installer was downloaded from the Internet.  Click Open.


If you aren’t logged in to your computer as an administrator, you’ll be prompted to enter an administrator username and password.

Next, the installer will appear.  Choose the language which you want to use to install SPSS and click OK.

Mac SPSS Installer StartSPSS Installer Mac Open

Click Next.

Mac SPSS Install Introduction

Accept the license agreement and click next again.

Mac SPSS Install License Agreement

You’ll be asked whether or not you want to install SPSS for Python.  If you use Python, choose yes, otherwise choose no. If you don’t know what this is, choose no.

Mac SPSS Install Python

If you choose yes for Python, you’ll have to accept two more license agreements.

Mac SPSS Python License Agreement 1 Mac SPSS Python License Agreement 2

You’ll be asked where to install SPSS.  The default is good, so click Next.

Mac SPSS Install Location

Then, click Install.

Mac SPSS Install

The install will start.  When it’s finished, you’ll have the option to run the license wizard.  Make sure the box is checked and click Done.

Mac SPSS Installer Donw



The License Wizard will start. Click Next.

Mac SPSS License Wizard Start

On the next screen, choose “Authorized user license” and click Next.

Mac SPSS Select License

Enter the license code you received in your e-mail and click Next.  

Mac SPSS License Key Entry

You’ll get a message saying that the authorization succeeded.  Click Next.

Mac SPSS Authorization Complete

Click Finish, and your license will be applied.

Mac SPSS License Applied

SPSS will then function.

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