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Borrow a License in ArcGIS 10.1 and 10.2


License Borrowing is supported for disconnected use (away from UW Campus). To borrow a license for up to one academic year, use the “Borrow/Return” folder in the ArcGIS Administrator Utility. Licenses can be borrowed from 1 to 365 days. All licenses expire 8/14 and a connection will need to be made to UW License server to obtain a new license.


  1. Start the ArcGIS Administrator Utility by going to the Start button – All ProgramsArcGISArcGIS Administrator.
  2. Click on the Desktop folder and verify that the License Manager is set to
  3. If the License Manager is not set to, click the Change button and correct the License Manager. Click OK.
  4. Click on the Borrow/Return folder and select the check box to the right of the product you wish to borrow. Select how long you wish to borrow the license and click OK.

    NOTE: We ask that you DO NOT borrow a VBA extension unless it is absolutely necessary given that UW only has a small number of provisional licenses available for users who are migrating Visual Basic scripts.
  5. If the license is successfully borrowed the window will close without error.

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