Installing ESRI - ArcGIS Desktop 10.8.1

ESRI - ArcGIS Desktop is available for installation on university-owned and personal devices for currently employed faculty and staff and for currently enrolled students.

Visit the ESRI - ArcGIS Desktop download service to obtain this software.

If you are having an issue installing ArcGIS Desktop or activating the license, please open a Service Request so that we can assist you. Feedback should be about the KB (knowledge base) article.

Installing ESRI - ArcGIS Desktop 10.8.1

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1. Run the ArcGIS_Desktop.exe installer file.

2. Click Next.

Destination Folder

3. Check the box next to Launch the setup program, then click Close.


4. Click Yes in the User Account Control prompt.

Account Control

5.Click Next in the Welcome window.


6. Select I accept the master agreement, then click Next.


7. Choose the Complete option, then click Next.

Install Type

8. Click Next to use the default installation folder for ArcGIS Desktop.

Destination folder

9. Click Next to use the default installation folder for the Python component.


10. Check or uncheck the box to decide whether or not to participate in the Esri User Experience Improvement program. Click Install.

Ready to install

11. The installation will begin and may take several minutes. Once it's complete, click Finish. The Licensing Wizard should start; follow the steps below to license your software.




Licensing ESRI - ArcGIS Desktop

You need to be connected to the MSU network or VPN connected to proceed. See our knowledge base articles to install the Cisco VPN client.

1. In the Administrator Wizard window, select the Advanced (ArcInfo) Concurrent Use option, then select Define a License Manager now:.

Administrator Wizard

2. Enter in the box. Click OK.

  Authorization Options

3. Your ESRI - ArcGIS Desktop software is now licensed. Click OK to exit the ArcGIS Administrator window.

Authorization Method



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