Microsoft Imagine for Academic Institutions

Welcome to the Microsoft Imagine. The ITE Department at Santa Fe College has formed an alliance with Microsoft which enables ITE students to acquire academic versions of certain Microsoft titles at low or no cost. Please be aware that Santa Fe College and the ITE Department can NOT be held responsible for any damage to hardware, software, or data due to the usage of any Imagine Media.

Do I Have An Account?
How Do I Get Started?
Changing Your Password
Obtaining Software
Direct Ship from Microsoft
Help! I've Forgotten My Password!

Do I Have An Account?

Before you can access the Microsoft Imagine web site, you must be granted an account. All currently enrolled ITE students will receive a Microsoft Imagine account.
  • If you are a new student to the ITE department, your account will be created once the drop/add period has been completed.
  • If you are a returning ITE student, and you had a Microsoft Imagine account during the semester immediately prior to the current, your account will be reactivated once the drop/add period has been completed; otherwise, you may be treated as a new student.
  • All student accounts are suspended for the time between semesters to facilitate inventory.
Once your account has been created/reactivated, you will receive notification from Microsoft Imagine in your SFC student email account. If you believe you should have a Microsoft Imagine account, but have not received notice from the Microsoft Imagine Program, please please first check your account status by using the
password recovery feature. If you still do not have access, please request support.

How Do I Get Started?

At this point, you should have established that you have an account, and should have received an email notification from the Microsoft Imagine Program. The email notification will include your username and a temporary password to give you access to the site. Use the following steps to log in:
  1. Point your favorite web browser to
  2. Click on the Log In button.
  3. Enter your username (your email address). Example:
  4. Enter the password provided to you from the Microsoft Imagine email. Help! I've forgotten my password!
  5. Click the Log Me In! button.

Changing Your Password

Once you receive an account, we recommend you change your password immediately. Be sure to choose something that is both secure and memorable. If you should ever forget your password, you may use the
password recovery facility. To change your password:
  1. Log in to the Microsoft Imagine Program.
  2. Click on the My Profile button to the left.
  3. Click Change My Password.
  4. Fill in the fields with the appropriate information, and click Submit.

Obtaining Software

The Microsoft Imagine offers a plentitude of Microsoft titles, ranging from Operating Systems and Service Packs to Development Platforms and Databases to Productivity packages. For a complete list, please log in to the Microsoft Imagine.

A note about Microsoft Office: The Microsoft Imagine does NOT offer Microsoft Office products. If you are in need of an office suite, we recommend you investigate Open Office. Open Office is a Microsoft Office-compatible software suite released under a free software license. There is no cost for Open Office.

The Microsoft Imagine offers several methods for obtaining software.

  • Download
  • Direct Ship from Microsoft
You MUST agree to the user terms BEFORE the system will allow you to reserve/purchase a copy of the software. Upon completion of your reservation/purchase, you may wish to print the confirmation page; it contains your product code to be used during installation.


This is the recommended method for obtaining software. The system will allow you to download an ISO image which you can then burn to CD or DVD. This method is available 24 hours a day (with few exceptions for maintenance) and will cost you only time and blank CDs whereas the other delivery methods will require you to spend money or obtain media from the open lab (restricted to only certain hours).

Direct Ship from Microsoft

Some titles are available to be shipped to your door directly from Microsoft. You pay only a minimal packaging and shipping fee. Please take advantage of this offer whenever possible, as this ensures that you get a quality disc directly from the software vendor. You may purchase multiple titles at one time.
  1. Log in to the ELMS MSDN Academic Alliance.
  2. Click the blue Software link at the top of the page.
  3. Use the Search by product title drop-down box to select one of the titles listed above, and click Go.
  4. Select Mail Order/Shipping and click Add To Cart
  5. Read the MSDN Academic Alliance --Student Use Guidelines and if you agree, click I Agree; otherwise, click I Do Not Agree. If you do not agree, you will not be able to obtain software through the Microsoft Imagine.
  6. Read the UPS shipping guidelines and click Continue.
  7. The item should now appear in your cart. You may click Check Out to complete the transaction. You will need a major credit card to make the purchase.

Help! I've Forgotten My Password!

If you do not know your password, use the following steps to recover it:
  1. Point your web browser to the Microsoft Imagine website.
  2. Click on Log In.
  3. Click on >> Forgot Password?.
  4. Enter your username in the space provided and click Go Find It!.
An email will be sent to your SFC webmail from elms support providing both a link to the login page as well as your current password.