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ArcGIS Desktop 10 Trial Software

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Trial Software Help and Resources

All the help and resources you need to get up and running with your trial software are provided here through videos, instructions, and commonly asked questions.

Before You Start

  • Check our system requirements to make sure your computer has the hardware and software required for the trial.
  • The trial software cannot be installed on a computer that has a previous version of ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Server installed. It's OK if the computer has ArcGIS Explorer installed.
  • The download file sizes are 3.76 Gb for ArcGIS Desktop 10 and 1.87 Gb for the optional tutorial data. Download times vary depending on your Internet connection.

Download and Extract

Download and Extract Trial Software

This video will show you how to extract the ISO file containing the trial software.

The steps are also listed in the How To section below.



How to Download and Extract

  1. At this point, you should have a file from a DVD or from the Internet. If you don't have the file, request the trial software.
  2. Install the free image (ISO) extractor program 7-Zip, then use it to extract the files.
  3. Go to Start > 7-Zip > File Manager. Locate and click ArcGIS Desktop.exe, then click Extract. Choose a location for the extracted files and click OK. This process can take a couple of minutes.

Common Questions

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When I click the software on the Download Manager the Launch button doesn't launch?
The Esri Download Manager provides the ability to launch image extraction software that you have previously installed on your machine. The launch functionality can be enabled to automatically run after download, or you may manually press the Launch button after download is completed. Only use the Launch tool if you wish to have the download manager automatically run the image extraction software you have installed on your machine.
Can I download the trial and the tutorial data at the same time?
Yes. From the Download Manager you can download both simultaneously. If you will later want to do any of the available tutorials, its easiest to get the data now.
What is an ISO file?
An ISO file, often called an ISO Image, is an uncompressed collection of multiple files merged into a single file for distribution. The ISO image file can be extracted using an ISO image file extractor program (e.g., 7-Zip or IsoBuster).
Will I be able to work on my computer while downloading the software?
Yes, you can continue to work, including accessing the Internet, without affecting the download.

Installation

Installing and Authorizing Trial Software

This video will show you how to install and authorize the trial software.

The steps are also listed in the How To section below.



How to Install and Authorize

  1. Go to /DotNet35 folder and run setup.exe to install the Microsoft® .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. This is required to install ArcGIS Desktop.
  2. Go to the DVD or to your extracted ISO image location and run Esri.exe. This opens the Quick Start Guide.

    Note: The Quick Start Guide contains instructions that do not pertain to the trial edition. Please disregard the following sections: All sections on the ArcGIS License Manager 10, Authorize ArcGIS Desktop 10 Concurrent Use, Borrowing and returning licenses, and Getting Support.

  3. It's required that you uninstall any previous versions of ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Server before running the setup. Under Uninstall Existing ArcGIS Software, click Detect Conflicts to remove previous versions.
  4. To the right of ArcGIS Desktop, click Setup.
  5. Click Next and accept the license agreement. Choose Complete and click Next. Click Next to accept all default settings, then click Finish.
  6. Steps to Authorize
    1. For Standard edition: Select ArcEditor (Single Use), and click Authorize Now.
      For For Esri Press 180-day edition: Select ArcEditor (Single Use), and click Authorize Now.
      For For Esri Press 90-day edition: Select ArcInfo (Single Use), and click Authorize Now.
      For Education edition: Select ArcInfo (Single Use), and click Authorize Now.
    2. Verify the software you selected is listed at the top of the box. Click OK.
    3. Select I have installed my software and need to authorize it. Click Next.
    4. Select Authorize with Esri now using the Internet. Click Next. If you do not have an Internet connection on the computer you intend to install the software on, you can authorize the software using another computer that has Internet access or via e-mail.
    5. Enter your personal information (2 panels). Click Next on both.
    6. Enter your 12-character authorization number (EVAxxxxxxxxx), and click Next. You can find your authorization number for:
      Standard edition: On the DVD packaging* or e-mailed during download.
      Esri Press edition: Printed on the back of your book.
      Education edition: On the DVD packaging.*

      *When installing from a DVD you must activate your authorization number prior to this step. If you have not yet done so, follow the appropriate instructions:
      Standard edition | Esri Press edition | Education edition

    7. Select I do not want to authorize any extensions at this time. The trial software automatically authorizes the extensions. Click Next.
    8. Verify that the extensions are listed on the left under Available Extensions. The trial software automatically makes the extensions available. Click Next.
    9. After the authorization process is complete, click Finish. Authorization typically between 30 seconds and 2 minutes.
    10. Click OK to close the ArcGIS Administrator. The software is ready to use.
  7. To start ArcGIS Desktop, go to Start > All Programs > ArcGIS > choose ArcMap or ArcCatalog. Note: You won't see ArcEditor in the menu. When you install ArcGIS Desktop at the ArcEditor license level, you get access to the ArcGIS Desktop applications ArcMap and ArcCatalog.

Common Questions

What do I do if I am unable to install the downloaded file?
If you are unable to install a downloaded file, the download may have been corrupted. Request the file on DVD.
When does my trial period begin and expire?
The trial period begins when you initiate the authorization process and Esri issues your authorization file. If you installed the software but have not authorized it, your trial period has not started. The trial period varies with the edition you have:
  • Standard edition: 60 days
  • Esri Press edition: 180 or 90 days (varies by book)
  • Education edition: 365 days
Why doesn't the ArcGIS Administrator reflect the installation of the software?
Click OK, then re-open the ArcGIS Administrator to see the change.
Can I use an authorization number from a full, licensed version of ArcGIS Desktop to initiate a trial?
No. Authorization numbers for trial software are uniquely generated for the trial only.
How do I uninstall the trial edition of ArcGIS Desktop 10?
Use Add or Remove Programs from the Windows Control Panel and select the ArcGIS Desktop product from the program list.

Using ArcGIS

Starting ArcGIS Desktop 10

ArcGIS Desktop contains two applications: ArcMap and ArcCatalog. ArcMap provides data display, query, and analysis. ArcCatalog provides data management.
To start the software, click Start > All Programs > ArcGIS > then choose ArcMap 10 or ArcCatalog 10.

Resources and Tutorials

  • Many tutorials are found in the ArcGIS Desktop Help. To perform the exercises in the tutorials, you'll need to install the ArcGIS tutorial data.
  • You'll find additional resources such as what's new, forums, blogs, samples, downloads, and knowledge-base articles on the ArcGIS Resource Center. You can also access it from from Start > All Programs > ArcGIS > ArcGIS Desktop Help menu.
  • Free, one-hour recorded training seminars are also available.

Trial Period and Expiration

  • The trial period begins when you initiate the authorization process and Esri issues your authorization file. If you installed the software but have not authorized it, your trial period has not started. The trial period varies with the edition you have:
    • Standard edition: 60 days
    • Esri Press edition: 180 or 90 days (varies by book)
    • Education edition: 365 days
  • You can see the expiration information by using the ArcGIS Desktop Administrator. Click Start > All Programs > ArcGIS > Desktop Administrator > then click on the Availability folder.
  • You cannot extend the trial period or reinstall the trial software.

Common Questions

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Where can I find patches or updates for the trial edition?
You can find patches and updates in the Patches and Service Packs for ArcGIS Desktop section of the ArcGIS Resource Center.
Why isn't ArcEditor (or ArcInfo) listed in my programs menu?
When you install ArcGIS Desktop, you get access to the ArcGIS Desktop applications ArcMap and ArcCatalog.
How can others in my organization get the ArcGIS Desktop 10 trial?
You can't share your trial software, but you can share this link so they can get their own copy (standard edition only) at www.esri.com/evaluate. To request the Education edition, contact your instructor or Esri Site License Administrator.
Is the functionality different in the trial than it is in the commercial version?
No. The trial has the same functionality as the commercial version at the same license level. ArcGIS Desktop can be licensed at the ArcView, ArcEditor, or ArcInfo level with increasing functionality.
What ArcGIS Desktop Extensions are included in the trial software?
  • ArcGIS 3D Analyst
  • ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst
  • ArcGIS Network Analyst
  • ArcGIS Schematics
  • ArcGIS Spatial Analyst
  • ArcGIS Tracking Analyst
  • ArcGIS Data Interoperability
  • ArcGIS Publisher
  • ArcScan for ArcGIS
  • Maplex for ArcGIS

Education and Esri Press Editions

For downloading, installing, and using ArcGIS, you can follow the instructions under the other tabs. Listed below are a few differences that are helpful to know about.

Education Edition
Your trial software is through your university-wide GIS program. You get:

Esri Press Edition
Depending on your Esri Press workbook, you get:

OR