Microsoft 365 ProPlus is free for all active GCU students! This copy of Microsoft 365 includes products like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel: essential programs for succeeding in your educational goals. Below is a video and a step-by-step walk-through to help you locate and install the software.
Check for previous versions of Microsoft 365 installed on your device. Here is our article to help you out Computer Troubleshooting.
Determine the Operating System you will be installing Microsoft 365 on. See below for Microsoft 365 Compatibility.
Be sure to have 15-30 minutes to complete the installation process.
To begin, log into your Microsoft 365 Portal. You can log in at portal.office.com with your GCU student email account; the password is the same one used for your Student Portal.
When signing in, make sure to add @my.gcu.edu to the username you use to access your Student Portal.
Once logged in, click Install Apps & More in the upper right-hand corner, and then select Install Microsoft 365 apps from the drop-down menu.
You will then be directed to the Apps & devices page. From this page you can download the Microsoft 365 installer file under the Office apps & devices tab.The installer will begin downloading, in Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and Firefox click OfficeSetup.exe located in the top right-hand side of the window. Then click Yes to start the installation.
Microsoft 365 will begin getting things ready to install. During the installation process, you can watch a short video to learn more about Microsoft 365.
In order for the software to fully install, please remain connected to the Internet. Once the installation is finished, you do not have to be online for your programs to work. This step can take anywhere from 15 minutes to over 30 minutes depending on your computer hardware and Internet speed. Don’t be alarmed if it takes a little while; remember, you’re installing 9 programs!
When you receive the message, You’re all set! The Microsoft 365 and Office apps are installed on your computer, choose Close.
After installing Microsoft 365, locate and open a Microsoft 365 app, such as Word, on your computer. Click Accept to agree to the Microsoft 365 License Agreement.
You will be prompted to sign in. Enter your student email address, which is your username followed my @my.gcu.edu, along with the same password you have set for the Student Portal. Once entered, click Sign in.
Upon successful login, your copy of Microsoft 365 will be activated and ready to use!
As a student, you are able to install Microsoft 365 on up to 5 computers. For more information about managing installations, please see the Microsoft 365 ProPlus FAQ. The full versions of all Microsoft 365 programs are available for you to use as long as you are an active student with scheduled classes at GCU, even when you aren’t connected to the Internet. Once you complete your degree program or are no longer taking classes, you will not have access to the full versions.
Also, if you encounter issues activating your Microsoft 365, please refer to Activating 365 and Switching Accounts for further guidance.
Microsoft 365 is not compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8. Microsoft 365 is only compatible with Windows 10 and 11. If you do not have a compatible version of Windows, it is recommended to use the online versions of Microsoft 365 apps that are available on the Student Portal. Instructions on how to use the online Microsoft 365 programs can be found in the Microsoft Online Programs in the GCU Portal article.
If you have an older version of Windows and would like to upgrade, you can click here for instructions from Microsoft.
GCU Technical Support does not assist with uninstalling or switching from any operating system. See Device Compatibility for information on incompatible devices.
You might see the following error for some files downloaded from GCU websites:
Word experienced an error trying to open the file.
To fix this issue, navigate to where the file is currently located on your computer. Right-click on the file and select properties.
In the properties dialogue, select the Unblock option and then try to open the file again.
If you receive the following error:
The system requires that you sign on to a valid account. The error code is: 0xD000000C
Then you are trying to sign into Microsoft 365 Enterprise instead of Microsoft 365. Please uninstalling Microsoft 365 and install Microsoft 365 using the steps in this article.
If you receive an error when attempting to sign out of your Microsoft 365 applications or are unable to sign in, try following these steps:
- Click the Start Menu and select Settings.
- Then, select Accounts from the Windows Settings. Select Access work or school from the navigation menu on the left-hand side of the Settings window.
- Select the Work or school account labelled with your @my.gcu.edu email address and select Disconnect.
- Then, try signing in or out of your Microsoft 365 applications again.
If these steps do not resolve the issue you are experiencing, check out the other troubleshooting steps available for Microsoft 365 sign-in issues in the following article: Activating Microsoft 365 and Switching Accounts.
- From inside Word, select File from the top left-hand corner of the screen.
- Then, select Options from the bottom of the navigation menu.
- Select Trust Center at the bottom of the list and click the Trust Center Settings button to open the Trust Center Settings window.
- Finally, select Protected View from the settings list. Uncheck Enable Protected View for files originating from the internet and hit Okay.