What is DreamSpark – A cheat-sheet for DreamSpark

  • What is DreamSpark?

DreamSpark is a direct-to-student online software download mechanism for technology students to obtain the latest in professional-level software from Microsoft onto their personal computers for non-commercial use in learning and research. Visit http://www.DreamSpark.com to sign-up with your .edu email address and download software at no cost.

  • Who gets DreamSpark Software?

Any Student technologist with an interst in desining or developeing software solutions is eligible for DreamSpark software. ‘Student status’ is verified by DreamSpark using school provided .edu email address, Live@edu membership or Shibboleth [InCommon federation]

  • How to sign-up for DreamSpark?


  • How to download and install DreamSpark software (.iso images)?



Description and Support Forum

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Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP

Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP download includes the Visual Studio IDE for design, dev and testing, the API header and library files you will need to access Windows Phone functionality as well as documentation, sample application projects, and emulators that allow you to deploy and debug your application, even if you don’t have a Windows Mobile device. Do review the Release Notes for before running setup.

The Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP includes:

  1. Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone CTP
  2. Windows Phone Emulator CTP
  3. Silverlight for Windows Phone CTP
  4. XNA 4.0 Game Studio CTP

Supported Operating Systems :

  • Windows 7(x86 and x64)
  • Windows® Vista® (x86 and x64) with Service Pack 2
  • 3 GB of free disk space on the system drive.
  • 2 GB RAM
  • DirectX 10 capable graphics card with a WDDM 1.1 driver

Have question about the product? Post it on the Forums at: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/windowsphone

326 MB


Visual Studio 2010 Professional Edition*

Create killer apps for the Web, Windows, mobile devices, the Microsoft Office system, and more, using the Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional Edition development system. Integrated drag-and-drop tools, along with a set of language extensions, editing features, and a simple one-click deploy feature, make it easy to use and make you more productive.

Have question about the product? Post it on the Forums at:

3.3 GB


Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition

2.18 GB


Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition x64*

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard is a powerful workhorse for servers running applications for networking, messaging, inventory, databases, and customer-service systems. Used by organizations throughout the world, it provides high availability for mission-critical applications through such features as failover clustering, Server Core, fault-tolerant memory synchronization, and cross-file replication.

Have question about the product? Post it on the Forums at: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/windowsserver

2.8 GB


Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition x86*

1.75 GB


Microsoft Expression Studio 3

Open up a whole new world of creative possibilities with Microsoft Expression Studio 3 design software. This suite of professional design tools and innovative technologies helps you gain expertise in producing standards-based Web sites, cross-platform technology experiences, and rich Windows applications. It includes all the Expression products you need to develop compelling, impactful, and expressive designs for the desktop and the Web.

Have question about the product? Post it on the Forums at: http://social.expression.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/categories

250 MB


SQL Server 2008 Developer Edition

Use Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Developer data management software to develop, test, and demo applications that run on SQL Server on 32-bit, ia64, and x64 platforms. SQL Server is the leading database management software and intelligent data platform used by organizations around the globe.

Have question about the product? Post it on the Forums at: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/forums/en-us/category/sqlserver/

3.03 GB


XNA Game Studio 3.1 and XNA Creator’s Club Trial (Academic) membership*

Get your game on with the Microsoft XNA Game Studio 3.1.

Create cool new game apps for Windows, the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system, and the Zune digital media player. XNA Game Studio includes an extensive set of tools and managed libraries that help simplify game development for the most novice of programmers. Join the XNA Creators Club, and you can even build, test, and share your games on the Xbox LIVE online game service.

Have question about the product? Post it on the Forums at: http://forums.xna.com/forums/

73 MB


Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R2

Ready to get really creative? Try your hand at developing robotics applications using Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R2. This software includes a lightweight, asynchronous services-oriented runtime, a set of visual authoring and 3-D simulation tools, plus templates, tutorials, and sample code to help you get started.

Have question about the product? Post it on the Forums at: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/roboticscommunity/threads/

414 MB


Microsoft CCR and DSS Toolkit 2008 R2 Academic


320 MB


Virtual PC 2007

Want to run multiple operating systems on your PC? With Windows Virtual PC 2007, you can create virtual computers on a single PC and avoid application incompatibility—even test desktop applications using a variety of operating system environments. Install operating systems in any order and without disk partitioning. Minimize or expand the virtual PC window just like a program or folder, and switch between it and other windows on your desktop.

Have question about the product? http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/support/default.aspx

30.4 MB


Windows Embedded CE 6.0*

Windows Embedded CE is a componentized, real-time operating system to deliver compelling experiences on a wide range of small footprint consumer and enterprise devices

Have question about the product? Post it on the Forums at: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsembedded/en-us/community/development.mspx

3.79 MB



Size Disk 1 (+Disk 2)


SQL Server 2008 Express Edition x86

89 MB


Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition

2.57 MB


Visual C# 2008 Express Edition

2.55 MB


Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition

2.57 MB


Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition

2.60 MB


Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition

598 MB + 600MB


Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition *

594 MB + 121MB


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