The University has a site license for OriginPro, which is currently shared among the departments that contributed towards the cost of the site license. Any user in a contributing department may install a fully licensed version of OriginPro as long as it is for University-related work; this includes faculty, staff, and students. If you would like to use Origin and are not from one of the contributing departments, please contact us for further information and assistance.
Origin is a Windows-only program. If you want to run Origin on MacOS, a Linux distribution, or some other operating system, you will first need to install a virtual Windows environment in a program like VirtualBox. This process has only been tested in Windows 7, but it should also work for other Windows operating systems. You can review the full system requirements here.
Instructions for installing Origin follow. (You will need our serial number.) If you do not have these, the IT staff in your department should be able to supply them.
You will need to have administrator privileges on your Windows system to complete the installation.
Downloading and Installation
- You will need an OriginLab account to download the installer. If you have not already done so, you can create a free account by filling out the form at www.originlab.com/restricted/register/community_register.aspx
- You must use your full UMass email address as your username
- Your username must end with umass.edu or the license will not work
- Under Company, enter: University of Massachusetts at Amherst
- Go to http://www.originlab.com/MyOrigin2020Download
- Log in with your OriginLab account (see step 1)
- The installer should start downloading as soon as you log in. It should be a file named Origin2020Sr1No_H.exe (or something similar)
- Once the download finishes, right click the installer file and select Run as Administrator
- Click Yes to allow the program to make changes to your computer
- Click Next to start the setup
- Read the License Agreement and click Yes if you accept the terms
- Select Install Product (requires serial number) and click Next
- Fill out the User Name, Company Name, and Serial Number fields. Put University of Massachusetts at Amherst as the company name.
- Click Next
- Verify that the information you entered is correct, then click Yes to confirm
- Select “64 bit Origin”, unless you know your OS is a 32-bit version
- Click Next, and Yes (to create the specified directory)
- With Embedded Python checked, click Next
- Click Next (to install for all users)
- Click Next (for specified Program Folder)
- Click Next (Start copying files)
- Wait until the installation is complete
- Click Finish
- Check the box for Launch Origin now as administrator to complete licensing…
- When prompted to Enter Product Key, click this link to go to the Product Key Request page
- Check your email for an email from OriginLab.com, which has the product key.
- Copy and paste the product key where prompted in Origin Pro and click Activate
- Click OK
Your installation of Origin Pro is activated!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you have any difficulty with the installation process.