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Installing SPSS on your PC

This is a step by step guide to installing the statistical program SPSS.

Before you start

To perform the installation you will need:

  • The SPSS installer and serial number both of which are available on the IT Services web site at (login required)
  • Administration rights on the PC
  • An internet connection

Note: This document contains screen shots taken from a typical installation on a PC running Vista.


Unzip the downloaded file, then right-click on the Windows Installer file and choose Run as administrator. Installation should start automatically and display the SPSS installation menu, shown below.

Then follow these step by step instructions:

Click on Install IBM SPSS Statistics 23

Wait until the InstallShield Wizard window is displayed

Read the information

Click Next >

Select Authorised User and click Next >

Read the License Agreement

If you agree, select I accept the terms in the license agreement

Click Next >

Enter IT Services for your User Name and University of Sussex for Organisation

Click on Next >

Select the language for Help pages

Click on Next >

Click Change if you want to change the destination folder where SPSS will be installed

The default destination folder will be fine for most installations

Click on Next >

Click on Install

The SPSS installation will take several minutes

Wait until the installation is complete

Click on Next >

To licence your copy of SPSS, click OK

To obtain your licence via the internet, make sure your internet connection is working and select License my product now and click Next >

Enter the SPSS for Windows version 22 authorisation code that you got from our SPSS page (login needed. Link opens in new window and you will need to login to fetch the code if you have not already done so)

Click on Next >

You should see this screen when SPSS licensing has been successful

Click Next >

If you do not see this screen, you may have entered the code incorrectly, try clicking < Back and re-entering the authorisation code

Your copy of SPSS has now been successfully installed and licensed

Remember that you will have to renew the codes each year, in July

The new codes are put on our SPSS page (login needed) as soon as we receive them.

Click on Finish >

Other Resources

A full set of SPSS manuals are available in our how to guides.

created on 2010-02-03 by Patricia O-Brien
last updated on 2016-07-22 by David Guest