Methods for downloading software from the Education Community

Jul 13, 2014


You are a student or teacher who is member of the Autodesk Education Community and want to know which method to use for downloading software.


You can choose one of three download methods.

If a download method is not displayed as an option, that method is not available for the product you selected.

Download Now

Recommended if you want the best download experience but want to install at a later time and/or on a different computer.
Download Now installs and launches the Autodesk Download Manager (DLM), which gives you more control and is more efficient and reliable than conventional browser-based download methods.
The DLM saves you time by decompressing product files in parallel during the download. Doing this eliminates the separate file extraction step after the download completes and before you install the product.

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Install Now

Recommended if you want the most efficient and reliable download, installation and activation experience.
Use this option to install products quickly. This method uses the Autodesk Download Manager (DLM) to download and install the product simultaneousy, but also automatically enters your serial number and product key for automatic activation.

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Browser Download

Recommended if you cannot or prefer not to use the Autodesk Download Manager.
This method uses the built-in file download mechanism of any Web browser, so you won't need to install additional download management software.  In-browser downloads are less efficient and less reliable than other methods. For example, when you save large files, you cannot take advantage of the superior compression (smaller file sizes) and automatic download resumption abilities that are built into Download Now and Install Now.
After the software is downloaded, you must extract it and then begin the software installation.
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Help Me Decide

Recommended if you're not sure which option to select.
This option, available for some downloads, provides information about Install Now and Download Now. 

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You can select a method directly from the information window that is displayed when you select this option.

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