Obtaining and Installing SAS

View SAS Installation Instructions

Renewing a SAS license? Click here for SAS renewal instructions.

System Requirements

Can be Installed, Supported by SAS
Can be Installed, Not Supported by SAS
Cannot be Installed, Not Supported by SAS
Major OS Version OS Edition SAS Version
9.1.3 9.3 9.4
2000 All
XP Home
PRO
Vista Home Basic
Home Premium
Business
Enterprise
Ultimate
Windows 7 Starter
Home Basic
Home Premium
Professional
Enterprise
Ultimate
Windows 8 RT
Basic edition
Professional
Enterprise
Windows 10 All Editions

 

Obtaining the installation

Please note that SAS licenses expire each August.

Students

Download SAS for Students

If you are a Ph.D. student, working on your master’s thesis, or require SAS for other academic purposes, please have your advisor/instructor/professor email bumchelp@bu.edu. They should include your full name, BU username, and the reason why you require SAS for your work.


Faculty/Staff members

BU: Click to request a SAS license*

BMC: Click to request a SAS license*

*Please note that there is a $50 annual license fee. Click here for more information.

If your request has been processed or you already have a license for SAS, the following link will give you access to the installer files: Download SAS for Faculty/Staff

SAS 9.1.3 Installation Instructions

Step 1: Verify that your computer meets the system requirements

Step 2: On the index to the left of this page, click on “Download SAS (Students)” or “Download SAS (Faculty/Staff)” depending on your usage of SAS. Then read the SAS license agreement and click “I Agree” at the bottom, you will then be taken to a BU Web Login page. Enter your BU username and password and press “Log In”.

Step 3: Click on “SAS 9.1.3 [ZIP file ~ 1.22 GB]”, download the file to your computer. Depending on your internet connection the time to complete the download may vary.

Step 4: Once the download completes browse to the folder you downloaded. Then right click on the “SAS.9.1.3.2013.zip” file and select “Extract All” then click “Browse” then select the desktop then press “Extract”. Wait for the files to extract, this can take a while depending on the speed of your computer.

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Step 5: Double click on “Install.SAS.9.1.3.exe” from the folder that you extracted the Zip file to.

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Step 6: The language box should appear, select your language then click “OK”

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Step 7: Click “Next”

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Step 8: Select “Existing”, and then click “Next.”

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Step 9: Verify that the date is in the future then Click “Next”, if it is older contact BUMC IT at 617-638-5914

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Step 10: Click “Next”

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Step 11: Click “Next”

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Step 12: Select your Data folder, default is in My DocumentsMy SAS Files9.1 then Click “Next”

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Step 13: Click “Next”

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Step 14: All boxes should be checked off, click “Next”

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Step 15: SAS will start copying files to your Computer, click “Next”

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Step 16: The setup will continue when it is at 85% the following box will come up. Check the box and press “Yes”

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* Your computer may warn you of Windows Firewall’s attempt to block some features. If you encounter this message, please select each checkbox to allow SAS 9.1 for windows to communicate on the following networks: “Domain Networks”, “Private Networks”.

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Step 17: Click “Finish”

Congratulations! You have now installed SAS on your computer. The SAS license will expire on the date in listed in Step 9. If you are having trouble installing SAS see the Troubleshooting Tips above.

SAS 9.3 Installation Instructions

Step 1: Verify that your computer meets the system requirements. Note: The current version of SAS 9.3 will not install on the latest version of Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 users are suggested to install SAS 9.4. A different install will be available to fix this issue in the future.

Step 2: To download SAS, go to either the Student or Faculty/Staff download page. Read the SAS license agreement and click “I Agree” at the bottom, you will then be taken to a BU Web Login page. Enter your BU username and password and press “Log In”. If you get an error message or have trouble downloading, see our troubleshooting tips below.

Step 3: Download the appropriate SAS version from the website. If you are reading this guide to download SAS, you probably only need the Lite version. Click the specified ZIP file link and save it to a location on your computer you will remember. The ZIP files can be very large and it is recommended to download while on campus.

Step 4: Once the download completes, browse to the folder you downloaded it to. Then right click on the SAS zip file (“SAS.9.3.2015.Lite.zip”) and select “Extract All”. Choose a location to unzip the file (Desktop recommended) and then press “Extract”. Wait for the files to extract, this can take 10-20+ minutes. Once the files finish extracting the folder should open and there will be a folder named “SAS.9.3.2015”. Double click the folder.

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Step 5: Double click on setup.exe and accept any security warning that appears. A SAS Deployment Wizard 9.3 box will appear and a bar will go across.

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Step 6: The language box should appear, select your language then click “OK”

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Step 7: Make sure “Install SAS software” is checked then Click “Next”

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Step 8: Here you select the location to install SAS. Unless you already have another version of SAS on your computer, you can keep the default location for installation. Click “Next”.

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Step 9: Verify that “Install SAS Foundation and Related Software” is checked off.

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Step 10: If there are any special products you know you need, you can select them here. Otherwise, click “Next.”

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Step 11: You can leave this setting at 32-bit compatibility mode. Click “Next”.

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Step 12: Click “Next.” *Note: By default all SAS Foundation products are selected, but many of them you may not need. If you know what SAS products you are looking to install, you can selectively choose what you want. Or you can click “Clear All”, and only install Base SAS, which can speed up the install.

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Step 13: Verify that the date is in the future then Click “Next”, if it is not, contact BUMC-IT (617-638-5914)

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Step 14: Click “Next”

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Step 15: It is recommended to choose “Select an existing Java Runtime Environment” and point it to the Java Runtime that you have on your computer. It will likely be found in the path specified below. If your computer is 32-bit, it will be under C:Program Files. If you do not already have a Java Runtime Environment or cannot find it, select “Use the recommended Java Runtime Environment”. Click “Next”.

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Step 16: This is for the Clinical Standards Toolkit. Click “Next”.

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Step 17: SAS will check your system to see if it will fit, this step will take a minute or two to complete

Note: you may get a box popup that says the system requires a reboot. The box will have three spaces “Domain”, “Username”, “Password”, if the computer is your personally-owned device, you will enter “.” as the domain then the name of your account and your password. If the computer is a BU computer you will enter “ad.bu.edu” as the domain then your BU username and password (Kerberos).

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Step 18: Click “Next”

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Step 19: Press “Start” to begin the installation, if you didn’t uncheck any of the products in Step 11 there are 100-200 items and up to 4 system requirements (you may have less) and can take 30-60 minutes to complete.

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Step 20: When installation completes, click “Next”

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Step 21: Click “Do Not Send” then “Next”

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Step 22: Click “Finish”

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Congratulations! You have now installed SAS on your computer.

SAS 9.4 Installation Instructions

Step 1: Verify that your computer meets the system requirements. As of 8/31/2015, BU’s SAS 9.4 supports 32-bit computers. Most users should choose SAS Foundation (32-bit) at Step 10.  If you are using large data sets, SAS Foundation (64-bit) is a better choice.

Step 2: To download SAS, go to either the Student or Faculty/Staff download page. Read the SAS license agreement and click “I Agree” at the bottom, you will then be taken to a BU Web Login page. Enter your BU username and password and press “Log In”. If you get an error message or have trouble downloading, see our troubleshooting tips below.

Step 3: Download the appropriate SAS version from the website. If you are reading this guide to download SAS, you probably only need the Lite version. Click the specified ZIP file link and save it to a location on your computer you will remember. The ZIP files can be very large and it is recommended to download while on campus.

Step 4: Once the download completes, browse to the folder you downloaded it to. Then right click on the SAS zip file (“SAS.9.4.2016.Lite.zip”) and select “Extract All”. Choose a location to unzip the file (Desktop recommended) and then press “Extract”. Wait for the files to extract, this can take 10-20+ minutes. Once the files finish extracting the folder should open and there will be a folder named “SAS.9.4.2015”. Double click the folder.

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Step 5: Double click on setup.exe. A SAS Deployment Wizard 9.4 box should appear and a bar will go across.

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Step 6: The language box should appear, select your language then click “OK”

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Step 7: Make sure “Install SAS software” is checked then Click “Next”

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Step 8: Here you select the location to install SAS. Unless you already have another version of SAS on your computer, you can keep the default location for installation. Click “Next”.

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Step 9: Verify that SAS PC Files Server is checked off. You may need this to work with Excel and other Microsoft Office files. If you know you need other SAS products you can select them here. Otherwise, click “Next.”

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Step 10: Most SAS users should check “32-bit Compatibility Mode“, this should make importing data easier. Users who have large datasets will want to check “64-bit Native Mode” for increased performance. If you check 64-bit, you MUST select PC Files Server at the previous screen.

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Step 11: You can leave this setting at 64-bit Native Mode (most people don’t use Enterprise Guide). Click “Next”.

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Step 12: Click “Next.” *Note: By default all SAS Foundation products are selected, but many of them you may not need. If you know what SAS products you are looking to install, you can selectively choose what you want. Or you can click “Clear All”, and only install Base SAS, which can speed up the install.

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Step 13: Verify that the date is in the future then Click “Next”, if it is not, contact BUMC-IT (617-638-5914)

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Step 14: Click “Next”

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Step 15: Click “Next”.

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Step 16: Choosing SAS Foundation as the default file-type is recommended. Click “Next”.

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Step 17: The next two windows can be left as default for the PC Files Server. Click “Next”.

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Step 18: SAS will check your system to see if it will fit, this step will take a minute or two to complete

Note: you may get a box popup that says the system requires a reboot. The box will have three spaces “Domain”, “Username”, “Password”, if the computer is your personally-owned device, you will enter “.” as the domain then the name of your account and your password. If the computer is a BU computer you will enter “ad.bu.edu” as the domain then your BU username and password (Kerberos).

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Step 19: Click “Next”

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Step 20: Press “Start” to begin the installation, if you didn’t uncheck any of the products in Step 11 there are 100-200 items and up to 4 system requirements (you may have less) and can take 30-60 minutes to complete.

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Step 21: When installation completes, click “Next”

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Step 22: Click “Do Not Send” then “Next”

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Step 23: Click “Finish”

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Congratulations! You have now installed SAS on your computer.

Troubleshooting Tips

  • If you get the following error message contact the BUMC IT Service Desksas download error
  • Be patient – SAS is a very large program and can take a long time to download and install
  • If download stalls try using a wired network connection or downloading while on campus
  • Reboot the computer
  • Verify that your installation of Windows is up to date by checking for available Windows Updates
  • Verify that your computer meets the system requirements
  • Ensure that you have followed the instructions listed above
  • Disable any running antivirus programs or stop any active virus scans (but remember to turn it back on afterwards)
  • Contact Alumni Medical Library (617-638-5433) or BUMC IT Service Desk at 617-638-5914, M-F 8:30 AM – 5 PM