Wayne College Department of Computer & Business Technology is pleased to announce to its faculty members and students that we participate in the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDN-AA) Program. This allows access to the MSDN Developer tools and a variety of software titles that is limited for instructional purposes and learning and personal use.

Registration Requirements

  • Faculty Members: For students to participate, a faculty member must send an e-mail including the current semester class roster to Tom Hammond.
  • Students: Students must be enrolled in at least one CBT course. Students have access to MSDN-AA for one semester. Accounts must be renewed each semester.

Software may be accessed through the CBT Store Front.

MSDN-AA Frequently Asked Questions

There are a few common questions that people often ask, or difficulties new users may experience with the system. Here is an easy-reference list describing a few steps you will need to follow when obtaining software from MSDN-AA:


In order to obtain an MSDN Academic Alliance (MSDNAA) account, you must be a CBT student and your professor must send an e-mail including the current semester class roster to the Program Administrator.

Within a few days of the Faculty member having submitted the e-mail, you should automatically receive an e-mail from the MSDNAA with a username and password, along with a link you can use to log in.

Your e-mail should include the following information:

From: The University of Akron - Computer & Business Technology Administration - MSDNAA (noreply@e-academy.com)

Subject: Obtain free Microsoft software for your Wayne College classes

** This is an automated message -- please do not reply as you will not receive a response. **

Welcome (yourname@zips.uakron.edu)to your MSDN Academic Alliance WebStore:

You’ll be excited to know a user account was just created for you at your school's MSDN Academic Alliance (MSDNAA) WebStore. With it, you can download and access a wide range of Microsoft developer tools, servers, and platforms for free!

Get Started Now

To complete the registration process, you need to follow just 1 step! Clicking the registration link below will send you to a page where you’ll be asked to create a unique password for your account. Once that’s complete, you’re done!

Complete Your Registration: Unique URL

If you experience problems clicking the link above, please try copying and pasting the entire link into a browser.

Technical Support

For help go to: Technical Support

Thank You, 
The University of Akron - Computer & Business Technology Administration – MSDNAA


The last day of finals is the last day account will be active. If you wish to use the account in the future, it will have to be re-activated. Re-activation is available for each semester that you are a CBT student.


You must have a valid user account in the system before you can order software.

MSDN Academic Alliance is available through the CBT website on the Student Resources page, through the link provided in your confirmation e-mail, or by following one of these links:

MSDN-AA Storefront

Once you are on the MSDNAA page, click "Sign In" on top right side of the page.

Lost or Forgotten Password

From the MSDN storefront click Sign In on top right side of the page. On the next screen there will be a link saying "Forgot your password?" . Click on the link, enter your Username and click submit. Your username is normally your University of Akron e-mail address. If you get a message that the username is invalid, contact Tom Hammond. Remember, accounts are not automatically created. Your professor must first request access for the class.

Select Software

Once you've logged into the system, you will see the Software tab at the top of the screen.

On the Software tab, you can select a software title from the dropdown list, enter a title in the search field, or you may click on one of the featured product icons.

Select Delivery Option

Some software titles provide more than one delivery option (Download or Mail Order/Shipping). Please be careful to choose the delivery option that is right for you (it is not always possible to switch delivery options after you've completed your order).

To complete your selection, click on the "Add to Cart" button to begin the ordering process and make sure you Check Out.

Obtain and Install Software

The End User License Agreement (EULA) will be presented to you, which you must understand and agree to, if you are to proceed.

At the end of your order, click on the "Download" link and you will be taken to the download page - click on the button to Download and install your software.

A Downloader window will open. Click on Save File (NOT Run). The downloader saves to the C:\temp folder by default, so make sure you redirect it to a different location.

If your software requires a serial number or activation code, it will be displayed on the order confirmation page. If you have downloaded the software over the Internet, product keys will also be available by clicking on the "My Software" link and then on "Download" under "Delivery Type".

E-academy will send you an email receipt of your order. The e-mail will be from billing@e-academy.com and will have Order Confirmation as the subject.

For more help, refer to the MSDN-AA Frequently Asked Questions page:

What is an ISO File?

An ISO image is the image of a disk containing all files as well as boot files necessary for automatically launching the installation wizard. You will have to burn it on a CD to make it "bootable". You need special software to do this.

Make sure you BURN, NOT COPY the file to the CD.

By burning the file to a disk as a data disk (Copy), you will simply end up with an .ISO file on the disk, which cannot be used for the installation. The ISO file needs to be burned to a disk specifically as an image instead of a data disk, and will extract the ISO into the required setup files.

Make sure that your burning software is set to select the image file with an .ISO extension. Roxio and Nero are programs that can burn from ISO images, but with Nero you must make sure you have the latest version or your installation will fail towards the end of the install process when you try to install from the burned CD. Additional disk burning programs are available for free download from different online sources.

Some Products will save as .IMG files instead of .ISO. All you need to do is simply rename the file as .ISO. If Windows warns you that by "changing a file's extension, the file may become unusable", just click "YES".

For more help, refer to the MSDN-AA Frequently Asked Questions page:

How do I retrieve my product key?

Login to MSDN-AA through the CBT Storefront, you should see "My Software List" (if not click "My Software" on the left hand side). Click on the Download link for the appropriate software, the product key is listed under “Serial Number”.

Do I need x64 or x86 software?

Only download x64 if you have a 64 bit machine, if you have a 32 bit machine choose to download x86. If you are not sure which version you are running look at your computer system properties.