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ArcGIS Desktop - Install & Authorize

Last Updated: 08/19/2015
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Download two files from the ArcGIS software download site:

  1. the ArcGIS Desktop installer (a large "exe" file)
  2. the provisioning file (a "prvc" file) used for licensing.
This tutorial applies to the following operating system(s):

Step 1

Run the installer program As Administrator; right-click on the icon of the ArcGIS_Desktop.exe installer file and choose "Run as administrator".

Step 2

Click Setup for ArcGIS Desktop.

Step 3

Click Yes

Step 4

Click Next

Step 5

Click I accept the license agreement and then click Next

Step 6

Choose Complete under the installation type and click Next

Step 7

Click Next

Step 8

Click Next

Step 9

Click Next

Step 10

Click Finish and the ArcGIS Desktop software will be installed. 

Step 11

From the ArcGIS file select ArcGIS Administrator

Step 12

Under Select a product chose Advanced (ArcInfo) Single Use. Then click Authorize Now

Step 13

Click I have received an authorization file from Esri and am now ready to finish the authorization process and then click Browse to find the .prvc file you downloaded earlier. 

Step 14

Select the .prvc file that you downloaded earlier. 

Step 15

Click Authorize with Esri now using the Internet and then Next

Step 16

Click Next.

Step 17

Fill out the information and click Next

Step 18

Click Next

Step 19

Chose whether or not you want to authorize any exentions and click Next

Step 20

If you would like to try an evaluation copy of one of the extensions you can chose so here. Then click Next

Step 21

Click Finish. You have now successfully installed and authorized ArcGIS.

*Note: Although the Provisioning File includes authorization numbers for various extensions, these extensions are not automatically enabled. Please see the next step to learn how to enable these extensions.

Step 22

Enable Extensions

Enable extentions by selecting Extensions... from the Customize drop-down menu.

Step 23

Check the box next to the name of the extensions you wish to use, then click Close.

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