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Microsoft DreamSpark is a licensing program provided by Penn State Mont Alto, funded by the Information Technology Fee, which allows all students, faculty, and staff to use various Microsoft software products for academic and non-profit research purposes.

DreamSpark can be accessed here: http://pennstatemontalto.onthehub.com



Please note that this service is available to Penn State Mont Alto students, faculty, and staff only.  If you are a student at another Penn State location, your campus or college would need to have purchased a separate DreamSpark license to participate in the program and we recommend you contact your campus or college IT representatives in order to confirm your eligibility.



Frequently Asked Questions - General

Q: Who is eligible to participate in this licensing program?
All Penn State Mont Alto full and part time students, faculty, and staff are eligible to participate.

Q: How long can I use the software I've installed or downloaded?
You are eligible to continue to use indefinitey any software you install or have downloaded provided it is for your own personal, non-commercial use in accordance with the terms and conditions of the program set forth here:  https://www.dreamspark.com/Institution/DS-EULA.aspx

Q: Is Microsoft Office included as part of DreamSpark?
The short answer is no.  Due to their uses in software development, DreamSpark does provide certain components of the Microsoft Office suite, OneNote, Access, and InfoPath for example, however these applications are bound by the same academic, non-commercial usage restrictions.  If you would like to purchase an unrestricted personal license to Microsoft Office, please visit Software@PennState to purchase a license at a significantly discounted rate.


Account Questions - Students

Q: When will my DreamSpark account be ready for use?
All DreamSpark accounts are created approximately two weeks into the fall semester.  You will receive an account creation or account reactivation e-mail with further instructions.

Q: I have lost or did not receive an e-mail regarding my DreamSpark account.  What should I do?
First check your spam folder.  DreamSpark e-mails do not come from an @psu.edu address and are occasionally flagged as spam.  It's also possible you were not part of the bulk user import, as the occasional individual is missed from time to time.  If you can not locate the DreamSpark notification, please send us an e-mail to helpdesk@ma.psu.edu and we can send you another.

Q: What is my DreamSpark username?
Unlike logging into a Penn State system, your DreamSpark username is your full e-mail address (i.e. abc123@psu.edu).

Q: What should I do if I don't remember my DreamSpark password?
You have two options should you forget your password.  The DreamSpark login page has a password reset function which if you enter your e-mail address, DreamSpark will reset and e-mail you a new password.  Alternatively, you can send an e-mail to helpdesk@ma.psu.edu and we can reset your password for you.

Q: How long will my DreamSpark account remain active?
All student accounts will remain active through the fall and spring semesters.  Specific expiration dates vary but usually fall on the last Friday in May.


Account Questions - Faculty/Staff

Q: When will my DreamSpark account be ready for use?
Faculty and staff accounts are created on an as needed basis.  To request an account, you can either send an e-mail to helpdesk@ma.psu.edu or fill out the registration form on our DreamSpark webstore.

Q: I have lost or did not receive an e-mail regarding my DreamSpark account.  What should I do?
First check your spam folder.  DreamSpark e-mails do not come from an @psu.edu address and are occasionally flagged as spam.  It's also possible you were not part of the bulk user import, as the occasional individual is missed from time to time.  If you can not locate the DreamSpark notification, please send us an e-mail to helpdesk@ma.psu.edu and we can send you another.

Q: What is my DreamSpark username?
Unlike logging into a Penn State system, your DreamSpark username is your full e-mail address (i.e. abc123@psu.edu).

Q: What should I do if I don't remember my DreamSpark password?
You have two options should you forget your password.  The DreamSpark login page has a password reset function which if you enter your e-mail address, DreamSpark will reset and e-mail you a new password.  Alternatively, you can send an e-mail to helpdesk@ma.psu.edu and we can reset your password for you.

Q: How long will my DreamSpark account remain active?
Faculty and staff accounts remain active perpetually until you are no longer an employee of Penn State Mont Alto.

Q: My account says I'm a lab installer, what is that?
Certain faculty or staff members may be delegated lab installer rights which provides licensing to download a title with multiple product keys (if a product key is required for activation) for lab instructional use.  This is useful in circumstances where you maintain a lab, require your students to utilize one of the DreamSpark titles during the course of their lab work, and wish to provide your students a product key for use in that lab as a convenience.