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Install Minitab

New Install of Minitab (Windows)

  1. Get the Minitab installer decryption key. You can find that on your online order confirmation page, under the Download Software link. For instructions on getting to your online order confirmation page, please see our online guide How To Look Up Your Software License Codes.
  2. Download the Minitab installer archive from the CU Software Mintab page. We currently support versions 16.2.4 and 17. The file names are:
    • Minitab 17:
    • Minitab 16:
  3. Right-click the installer archive and select Extract All. You will be prompted to pick a location to save the files.
    • We recommend that you choose the Desktop, then create a new folder called "Minitab" on the Desktop.
  4. You will be prompted to enter the decryption password you retrieved in Step 1.
    • Note: The password is case-sensitive (upper-case letters) and INCLUDES the dashes.
  5. In the folder you created in Step 3, find the file Setup.exe. Double-click this file
  6. The installer should run normally.  Accept the default settings whenever prompted by the installer.
  7. After the installer finishes running, a Minitab shortcut should appear on your desktop. Double-click the shortcut to launch Minitab.
  8. Minitab should launch normally.

Update License File for Minitab (versions 16 & 17)

If your Minitab license has expired, you can update your license without re-installing Minitab:

  1. Download your current Minitab license file from the CU Software ordering system. The file name will be minitab.lic. For instructions, please see our guide How To Look Up Your Software License Codes.
  2. Launch Minitab.  The program should open a window called Minitab Multi-User License Utility.
  3. In that window, click the radio button next to Specify the License File.
  4. Click the Browse button. 
  5. Navigate to the file location of the license file you downloaded in step 1 and click on that file. Click the Open button.
  6. Click OK.  Minitab should finish launching and will now run normally.

Install Minitab in Network/Concurrent User Configuration

Note: Network/concurrent user configuration requires purchase of at least two Minitab licenses. This configuration is not available to holders of Minitab student licenses.

  1. Send us a request via e-mail that you want to install Minitab under a network license.  Please include the following information:
    • Your name
    • Your NetID
    • Your phone number
    • any other details of your request
  2. When we receive your message, we will authorize you with the manufacturer as a valid Minitab network license holder and will create a Minitab user account for you.  We will let you know via e-mail when the authorization is complete.  Please allow up to four business days.
  3. After you receive your authorization confirmation, log in to the Minitab Customer Center.
  4. On the Minitab Customer Center page, click the Manage License Files link.
  5. Sign in to your Minitab account.
    • If you have already set a Minitab password, please use it.
    • If you have not previously set a Minitab password, click the Forgot Password link.  Please do not register for a new account: it will not be authorized for network access.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions to create a license file for a specific order.  You will need the product license information that we sent you with your network license authorization message.
    • If you no longer have this information, please contact us and we will re-send it to you.
  7. You should now have a Minitab network license.  Enjoy!
  8. Additional instructions are available at the manufacturer's website

If you need technical assistance, please contact Minitab Technical Support.

Please contact us if you have any questions.