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MS Project Professional - Download/Installation Instructions

Project Professional is available for download/install to all students via Microsoft's Azure Dev Tools, which provides tools to students to expand their study of software development and testing. Some of these tools include such technologies as Project Professional, Access, Visio Professional, Visual Studio, and much more.

1. Log into Microsoft Azure using your UW-Parkside NetID and Password:

2. From the left navigation, click on Software.

3. Click on the Product category drop down select menu.

You'll notice that the software has been divided into eight categories;

  • Database
  • Developer Tools
  • AI + Machine Learning
  • Productivity Tools
  • Analytics
  • Server Application
  • Compute
  • Operating System

4. From the Product category drop down, uncheck Select all > select Productivity Tools.

GIF image of the MS Azure product category drop down select menu. Uncheck the Select all box and then select the Productivity Tools box.

5. Scroll down to locate Project Professional in the list of productivity tools.

Note: There are two versions of Project Professional available for download/install:

  • Project Professional 2021 
  • Project Professional 2019

6. Click on the preferred version to access the software download information.

Once you've selected the preferred version, the download information will appear in a flyout panel located on the right. 


7. Click on the View Key button and then Copy the Product key. [Note: The key will be needed to validate the installation.]



8. Click the Download button to download the application. Once it has finished downloading, click on the file to open it. 

Project Professional download window with download button


9. Click on Setup.exe to begin the installation process. 

Project Professional application download folder

Note: The default system type for the project professional downloads is 64 bit. If you're not sure what system your computer is running, see the following instructions: How to tell if my computer is running 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows

The software install will also detect the receiving computers "system type" and display a prompt if the selected download is incompatible with your computer.

10. Once the application installation is finished, click on the Close button to exit the installer. 

Microsoft install progress windows


11. Click on the Windows Start icon and locate/launch Project Professional.

     Microsoft Project Professional application icon

When the application opens, you will be prompted to enter the product key that you copied from the Azure download panel (step #7).

12. Paste the copied key in the entry box provided.

13. Click to Activate Office > Accept and start Project.

Image of Project Professional application



Important information for Mac users

Since MS Project was designed and optimized specifically for the Windows operating system, MS Project is not compatible with the Mac OS. In order to use MS Project on a Mac, please see the UW-Parkside Virtual Computer Lab access article linked below:

How to access the UW-Parkside Virtual Computer Lab

Technical Support 

If you require technical assistance or have additional questions, please contact the CTS TechBar at (262) 595-2444, email:, or


Keywords:project, professional, microsoft, software, application, tool, student, business, flex, techbarstudent, msvl   Doc ID:118607
Owner:Linda W.Group:UW Parkside
Created:2022-05-19 12:07 CSTUpdated:2022-07-06 11:46 CST
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