Installing SAS University Edition on Windows


How do I install SAS University Edition on my Windows computer?


  • Windows 7+


Before starting this installation process, ensure that your Computer has the following system requirements: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, or 10; 64-bit hardware with 1 GB minimum of RAM; access to one of the following browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9, 10, or 11; Mozilla Firefox 21 or later; Google Chrome 27 or later. 
In order to install and use SAS University Edition, users will need to download and configure virtualization software on their computer. To accomplish this process please follow the steps below. SAS recommends Oracle VirtualBox as a free virtualization option. 

Installing and Configuring the Software

  1. Download VirtualBox here.
  2. Click Windows Host to download the VirtualBox installation file. 
  3. When the download is complete, open the downloaded file to begin installation.
  4. Go through the steps of the installer. 
    Note: When presented with a warning about network interfaces, click Yes.
  5. Click Install.
  6. If prompted by User Access Control to allow the program to install, click Yes
  7. When the installation is complete, click Finish.
    Note: Once VirtualBox is installed, create a folder on your Computer where SAS can store files.
    1. Create a folder named SASUniversityEdition and place it somewhere on your computer where you will be able to easily access it. 
    2. Inside the folder you just created, create another folder and name it precisely the following with no spaces: myfolders
  8. Download the SAS University Edition vApp at this link.
  9. Follow the steps on the page to create a SAS profile, or log into your profile if you already have one. 
  10. After you've signed into your profile, accept the license agreement terms and conditions. 
  11. On the order summary page, click the Download link and the download will begin. 
    Note: If the browser asks to save or run the file, select Save. Remember where you have saved this file. 
  12. Launch the VirtualBox software. 
  13. Click File
  14. Select Import Appliance
  15. In the Appliance to Import pane, click the folder icon to the right of the field. 
  16. Browse to and select the file you just downloaded and saved. It should be a .ova file. 
  17. Click Open
  18. Click Continue
  19. In the Appliance Settings window, click Import
  20. In VirtualBox, select the SAS University Edition vAPP
  21. Select Machine
  22. Select Settings
  23. Click Shared Folders
  24. Click the Add Folder icon. 
  25. In the Add Share window, select Other as the folder page. 
  26. Browse to the SASUniversityEdition folder that you created earlier and select the myfolders folder that you created. 
  27. Click Open
  28. In the Add Share window, confirm that Read-only is not selected
  29. Select the Auto-mount and Make Permanent (if available) options, and click OK
  30. Click OK again to close the Settings Window. 

Launching and Using the Software

  1. In VirtualBox, select the SAS University Edition vApp
  2. Select Machine
  3. Select Start
    Note: It may take a few minutes for the virtual machine to start depending on your computer's speed.
    Note: When the virtual machine is running, the screen with the SAS logo is replaced with a black console screen (called the Welcome window). You can minimize this window, but do not close the Welcome window until you are ready to end your SAS session.
  4. In a web browser on your computer that meets the requirements listed at the top of this article, enter in the following URL: http://localhost:10080
  5. Press Enter.
  6. From the SAS University Edition: Information Center, click Start SAS Studio.
In order to properly use virtualization software, your computer needs to have virtualization enabled. If VirtualBox gives an error stating that virtualization needs to be enabled, you will need to find and enable that setting in your PC’s BIOS. Instructions on finding and enabling this feature can change drastically depending on your computer or motherboard’s manufacturer. This link contains instructions on how to find and enable virtualization settings for most PC Manufacturers:


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