Can You Install Mathcad 15.0 Student Edition on Multiple Computers?

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Can You Install Mathcad 15.0 Student Edition on Multiple Computers?
Mathcad 15.0 Student Edition can process an array of equations. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Mathcad 15.0 is an application that lets you enter and layout mathematical equations in a format similar to writing the equations on a chalkboard or on a piece of paper. The Student Edition of the program is geared to an academic environment and includes an array of help files as well as access to the Internet. You cannot install Mathcad 15.0 Student Edition on more than one computer unless you purchase additional licenses for the program.

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Single User License

Mathcad 15.0 Student Edition includes a single user license, meaning you can only install the program on one computer. Insert the application's CD into your computer and follow the onscreen prompts to install the program. During the program's installation, a prompt will appear to order a license key and register Mathcad 15.0 Student Edition on your computer. The program's license "wizard" will connect to the Internet and retrieve the key, then the wizard will prompt you through the remaining installation screens. Mathcad will send you the license key as a file attachment with a ".dat" extension in an e-mail. Save the license key file attachment to any directory on your computer.

License Setup Program

Once you have the license key file, click "Start," "All Programs," "Accessories" and "Command Prompt" to open a command prompt window on your computer for running the "Mathcad License Setup" program. Enter "C:\Program Files\Mathcad 15\mathcad.exe" /license" at the "C:\" prompt then press "Enter" or "Return" on the keyboard. The program's dialogue box will appear. Click the circle next to "I want to configure Mathcad to use an existing license file," then click "Next." Click the circle next to "Use a license file," then navigate to the directory where you saved the license key file. Double-click the file's name, then follow the onscreen prompts to complete the registration and installation process.

Purchasing Additional Licenses

If you need to install Mathcad 15.0 Student Edition on more than one computer, you need to sign into your "PTC" account ( with your user name and password, then click the "Licensing" link to purchase additional licenses. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to install the application and enter license keys for each additional installation.

System Requirements and Availability

Mathcad 15.0 Student Edition requires a Pentium Celeron processor running at 400 Megahertz (MHz) or higher, Windows 7, Vista or XP and 256 Megabytes (MB) of RAM. Your system also needs 550 MB of free hard disk space, a CD-ROM or DVD drive, an SVGA or higher graphics card and monitor, and a mouse or compatible pointing device. The program is available directly from PTC, the manufacturer of Mathcad 15.0, computer software resellers and online software outlets that specialise in academic programs.

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