Support for Microsoft EES Software downloaded from the Campus Software Library

The Office Suite for Windows and the Windows ISOs available on this page have been modified to create installations that activate on UW-Madison's KMS server. You do not need to enter a key during installation. (Office for Mac on this page does not use KMS or MAK activation, and does not require key entry at any point during installation or use.)

KMS activation for Windows and Office for Windows requires a connection to the wired UW-Madison network at least once every 180 days. If you'll be working off campus for long periods of time, you should consider MAK activation for both Office and Windows. Please email for assistance.

Office Caveats & Issues

  • You cannot mix 32- and 64- bit versions of Office, Visio, and/or Project on the same Windows machine. All must be either 32- or 64-bit.
  • Unless you have a specific need to run a 64-bit version of Office for Windows, Microsoft recommends that you use the 32-bit version.

More Office Info

Now that most people on campus have converted to Office 365, there are two ways to get Office on your work (UW-owned) computer. You can either download and install through Office 365 ( or use the ISOs on the Campus Software Libary (CSL).

Differences between Office installed from Office 365 and from the ISOs on the CSL:

  • Office installed from the ISOs on the CSL (UW-owned computers only):
    • The usual options are available when you click the Customize button during installation:
      • Select which previous-version Office applications to remove. You can remove all, some, or none.
      • Select which Office applications and tools to install.
      • Specify where to install Office.
      • Set user Information (name, initials, organization)
    • Activation:
      • While connected through UW-Madison's wired network (and when connecting through WiscVPN), activation happens automatically through UW-Madison's KMS server. You must connect at least once every 180 days for Office to stay active.
      • If you're using a UW-owned machine that won't connect to the network at least once every 180 days, you have the option of using a Multiple Activation Key (MAK), which provides a one-time, permanent activation from Microsoft's servers. Email for assistance.
      • The Office ISOs on the CSL should be used for installation on UW-owned machines not associated with an individual (such as those in computer labs). They may be used for installation on any UW-owned machine.
    • You may associate Office with your UW Office 365 account by signing in through Office, but it's not required.
  • Office installed from the Office 365 portal (UW- or personally-owned computers):
    • All the apps available for your platform are installed.
    • Updates happen automatically by default.
    • Office activates automatically through its connection to your Office 365 account.
    • You can install Office on 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets (Windows, iPad, and Android), and 5 phones ( Those devices can be either UW- or personally-owned.

More Windows Info

The Windows images available here can be used to perform either a full or upgrade install. However, the computer must already be licensed for one of the qualifying Windows OSs. For example, you could not use these images to install the OS on a computer built from scratch, since that computer would not be associated with a full Windows OS license.

Microsoft introduced the Education edition with Windows 10. As of 08/14/2015, the differences between Education and Enterprise are minimal:

  • Enterprise does not have Easy Upgrade from Home edition, and Education does.
  • Education does not have access to the Long Term Servicing Branch, and Enterprise does (requires installation from an LTSB image).
We expect Microsoft to introduce more differences in the future.

Students can download Windows 10 Education for installation on personally-owned computers here: (if you're a graduate student and cannot see the download, please email Students can download the Installation Guide here.

This is the CSL's URL:

To better assist you with any issues that may occur when downloading software, all downloads are linked to a NetID.

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