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Install Minitab

This article applies to: Software Licensing


New Install of Minitab 20 for Windows

  1. Download the Minitab 2021-22 license file. You can find that on your online order confirmation page, under the Download Software link. For instructions on getting to your online order confirmation page, please our How To Look Up Your Software License Codes article. The file name will be minitab.lic. Be sure to Save the file and remember the location where you saved it. It will most likely be in your default download location. (Do not try to open the license file; it will be unreadable.)
    Some customers received a license file that had been renamed accidentally. If your file has any other name, please rename it to minitab.lic.
  2. Download the Minitab 20.3.0 installer archive from the CU Software Minitab page. The file name will be Minitab20-3-0-Win64.zip.
  3. Right-click the installer archive and select Extract All. You will be prompted to pick a location to save the files. We recommend that you choose the Desktop, then create a new folder called "Minitab" on the Desktop.
  4. In that folder you will find minitab20.3.0.setup.x64.exe. Double-click that file.
  5. Accept the default installer options until asked How do you want to activate the software?
  6. On the Select a licensing method window, click Sign In, then click Next.
  7. On the Destination folder window, click Next.
    Do NOT change the default installation location.
  8. On the Ready to install Minitab window, click Install.
    Let the installer run to completion. You will see "Completed Minitab Setup."
  9. Click Finish. You will find a new Minitab Statistical Software shortcut on your desktop.
  10. Double-click the new shortcut.
  11. On the Sign In to License Portal window, click Change License Type at the bottom of the window.
    Do NOT enter your email address.
  12. On the License Type window, select License File, then click Browse.
  13. Browse to the license file location you used in step 1. The file is named minitab.lic.
  14. Select the file, then click Open.
  15. Click Activate

Minitab will remain open and is ready to use.

Set Up Minitab Web

CIT is working with the manufacturer to integrate Cornell's Single Sign-On service with Minitab, which is necessary to use Minitab Web through educational licensing. Once that is set up, look here for instructions to sign in to Minitab Web for the first time via your web browser.

At this time, Mozilla Firefox is NOT SUPPORTED by the manufacturer for Minitab Web. While Firefox may work for some users, the manufacturer cannot guarantee that all features of Minitab will be available to all users via Firefox. Firefox users who encounter trouble using Minitab Web should switch their browser to Chrome, Chromium Edge, or Safari.

Update License File for Minitab 20 (Windows Only)

If you were running Minitab 20 for Windows, and your license has expired, use the procedure immediately below.

If you were running a version of Minitab prior to version 20 for Windows, and your license has expired, or if you are running Minitab Express, you need to update to Minitab 20. Please follow the instructions for New Install of Minitab 20 for Windows, above.

  1. Download the Minitab 2021-22 license file. You can find that on your online order confirmation page, under the Download Software link. For instructions on getting to your online order confirmation page, please our How To Look Up Your Software License Codes article. The file name will be minitab.lic. Be sure to Save the file and remember the location where you saved it. It will most likely be in your default download location. (Do not try to open the license file; it will be unreadable.)
    Some customers received a license file that had been renamed accidentally. If your file has any other name, please rename it to minitab.lic.
  2. Launch your Minitab product. The program should open a Minitab Multi-User License Utility window.
  3. In that window, select Specify the License File.
  4. Click Browse
  5. Navigate to the file location of the appropriate license file you downloaded in step 1, and click on that file. Click Open.
  6. Click OK. Minitab should finish launching and will now run normally.

Not Trial Versions. You cannot update a trial version of a Minitab product to our campus license version. If you had been using the free thirty-day trial version of Minitab or Minitab Express, you will need to uninstall the trial version and install the version from our Minitab Licensing page. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Install Minitab in Network/Concurrent User Configuration

Note: Network/concurrent user configuration requires purchase of at least two Minitab licenses. This configuration is not available to holders of Minitab student licenses. It is also not available for Minitab Express.

  1. Send us a request via email that you want to install Minitab under a network license.  Please include the following information:
    • Your name
    • Your NetID
    • Your phone number
    • any other details of your request
  2. When we receive your message, we will authorize you with the manufacturer as a valid Minitab network license holder and will create a Minitab user account for you.  We will let you know via e-mail when the authorization is complete.  Please allow up to four business days.
  3. After you receive your authorization confirmation, log in to the Minitab Customer Center.
  4. On the Minitab Customer Center page, click Manage License Files.
  5. Sign in to your Minitab account.
    • If you have already set a Minitab password, please use it.
    • If you have not previously set a Minitab password, click the Forgot Password link.  Please do not register for a new account; it will not be authorized for network access.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions to create a license file for a specific order. You will need the product license information that we sent you with your network license authorization message. If you no longer have this information, please contact us and we will re-send it to you.
  7. You should now have a Minitab network license. Enjoy!
  8. Additional instructions are available at the manufacturer's website

If you need technical assistance activating a Minitab under a network/concurrent-user configuration, please contact Minitab Technical Support.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - 1:14pm

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