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Installing ArcGIS on your PC

This is a step by step guide to install the Geographic Information System, ArcGIS 10. 

Before you start

To perform the installation you will need:

  • The ArcGIS download or media
  • An ArcGIS authorization code - Visit this page to get a code -
  • Administration rights on the PC
  • An internet connection
  • Check the system requirements for ArcGIS
  • The software cannot be installed on a computer that has a previous version of ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Server installed; if necessary, uninstall previous versions of ArcGIS Desktop or Server.

Activate your authorization code and Install ArcGIS Desktop

Visit and create a ESRI account.

Follow the instructions for account creation.

Once your account is created, login and activate your EVA code.

Once the EVA code is activated, choose the version of ArcGIS to download. Note: The version of ArcGIS installed on university workstations is 10.6.

Follow the instructions for download and install of ArcGIS Desktop.

Once installed the ArcGIS Administrator should open:


Select ArcGIS Desktop -  Advanced (ArcInfo) Single User

Click OK >

Select I have installed my software and need to authorize it

Click Next >

Make sure your internet connection is working by opening a web page

Select Authorize with ESRI now using the Internet

Click on Next >

Enter your first and last names and put in University of Sussex as the Organization and Address 1

Enter your Email address

Click on Next >

Select the correct options for the drop down lists

Click on Next >

Enter the authorization code that you received from IT Services

Click on Next >

Select I do not want to authorize any extensions at this time

Click on Next >

Note: the authorization code you received from IT Services will automatically authorize the following extensions:

  • Spatial Analyst
  • Geostatistical Analyst
  • Publisher
  • Tracking Analyst
  • Maplex
  • Data Interoperability
  • ArcScan
  • Schematics

Click on Next >

Wait for the authorization process

Click on Finish >

Check that your copy of ArcGIS ahs been licensed by selecting Availability

You should see this screen, with the expiry dates for ArcGIS and the extensions

Click on OK to finish

Start ArcGIS

Select Customize, click on Extensions�

From the Extensions menu, select the extensions that you want to use (this example shows 3D Analyst selected

Click on Close

created on 2011-11-03 by Patricia O'Brien
last updated on 2018-07-17 by Mark Wilson