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Install Minitab

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New Install of Minitab 18 (Windows)

  1. Download the Minitab 2018-19 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 18.1.0 installer archive from the CU Software Minitab page. The file name will be Minitab18-1-0.zip.
  3. Right-click the installer archive and select Extract All. You will be prompted to pick a location to save the files.
  4. We recommend that you choose the Desktop, then create a new folder called "Minitab" on the Desktop.
  5. Move the license file you downloaded in Step 1 into the Minitab folder you just created. The license file MUST be in the same folder as the installer when you run the installler.
  6. In that folder, find the file minitab18.1.1.1setup.exe. Double-click that file.
  7. The installer should run. Accept the default settings whenever prompted by the installer.
  8. After the installer finishes running, a Minitab shortcut should appear on your desktop. Double-click the shortcut to launch Minitab.

New Install of Minitab Express

Minitab Express for Macintosh

  1. Download the Minitab 2018-19 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 Express for Mac installer from the CU Software Minitab page. The file name will be MinitabExpress-151-Mac.dmg
  3. Double-click the installer file to mount a virtual disk. The disk name will be Minitab Express 1.5.1.
  4. In the window that opens, double-click the file Minitab_Express_MU_v1.5.1.pkg. This will launch the installer.
  5. The installer should run normally. Accept the default settings when given a choice.
  6. After installation is complete, you will find the Minitab Express application in your Applications folder. Double-click to start the application.
  7. The first time you run Minitab Express, you will be prompted for licensing information. Select the second option, Specify the License File. Then, click the Browse button.
  8. Navigate to the location where you downloaded the license file in Step 1, and select the file minitab.lic. Minitab Express should then activate and be ready for use.

Minitab Express for Windows

  1. Download the Minitab 2018-19 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 Express for Windows installer from the CU Software Minitab page. The file name will be MinitabExpress-151-Win.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 Express" on the Desktop.
  4. Move the license file you downloaded in Step 1 into the Minitab folder you just created. The license file MUST be in the same folder as the installer when you run the installer.
  5. In the folder you created in Step 3, find the file minitabexpress1.5.1multi-usersetup.exe. Double-click this file.
  6. The installer should run normally. Accept the default settings whenever prompted by the installer.
  7. After the installer finishes running, a Minitab Express shortcut should appear on your desktop. Double-click the shortcut to launch Minitab Express.
  8. The first time you run Minitab Express, you will be prompted for licensing information. Select the second option, Specify the License File. Then, click the Browse button.
  9. Navigate to the folder you created in Step 3, and select the file minitab.lic. Minitab Express should then activate and be ready for use.

Update License File for Minitab (versions 16 and higher) and Minitab Express (for Mac and Windows)

If your Minitab license has expired, you can update your license without re-installing Minitab (except for trial versions; see note below this procedure).

  1. Download the Minitab 2018-19 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 28, 2018 - 7:46am

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