Getting Started with SPSS for DePaul Students


The very first time you connect, you will need to activate your account with CDM. This is the same activation needed to log in to computers in any of the CDM computer labs. If you have already done this step, you may skip to the section titled ‘Connecting with Remote Desktop’ below.  These instructions are a quick-start summary. If you need them, you can find more detailed instructions here.

Activating your account with CDM

This step is a one-time setup that allows you to connect to CDM computers. If you have already completed this step in at some earlier time, you do not need to repeat it, and may skip directly to the remote desktop connection instructions below.

1.       Go to  (note the ‘s’ in https). 

2.       Log in using your Campus Connect login and password.

3.       Click the ‘Activate’ button.

4.       Under ‘change password’ you can use your original password.  You do not need to change it to something new. NOTE: It may take 15 minutes or so for your activation to process.

Connecting to SPSS using Remote Desktop

1.       In order to access SPSS when not in a CDM computer lab, you will need to use Remote Desktop. On Windows machines, click on Start >> All Programs >> Accessories >> Remote Desktop Connection. 

·         Mac users should read the section below on installing a remote desktop client for Macs.

·         Windows Vista/XP may be slightly different. You can find usually ‘Remote Desktop Connection’ somewhere in the Control Panel.

2.       When prompted for a computer name, type    You will need to log in using your CDM login and password. This is the same information you entered in the section under ‘Activating your account with CDM’ above.

·         Be sure that under ‘Log in to’ you select the domain CSTCIS.     

·         If you do not see the domain name ‘cstcis’ listed, you can enter it by typing:  cstcis\your_login_name – IMPORTANT: Note that is is a BACK slash!

3.       To start SPSS, choose: Start >> All Programs >> Mathematics and Statistics >> SPSS >> PASW for Statistics  

Remote Desktop for Mac users

Here is a Remote Desktop program for Mac computers:

To get going:

   1. Click Servers (top left) for the sidebar to appear.

   2. Click the plus sign (bottom right).

   3. Set the following:

            Label: your name for the remote site.

            Address: see the remote computer name litsed above.

            Username: your CDM username from the activation step above

            Password: your CDM password

Another Remote Desktop Connection program is available at (Mactopia is Microsoft's website for Macs.) Direct link to remote desktop app is here.

Read this! - Important Note on Saving Your Files

Please note that when using remote desktop, you are temporarily accessing a remote computer. As a result, any files that you save on that computer will likely be erased once you disconnect. As a result, be sure to allow saving to the local computer (i.e. the one in front of you). I am providing instructions here for how to do this on a Windows computer. The option should be there for the remote desktop program you use on Macs, but the specifics will require you to look at the settings on your own.

On PCs, when you start the remote desktop application:

1.       Click on the ‘Options’ button at the bottom and you will see additional tabs appear

2.       Click on ‘Local Resources’

3.       At the bottom, under ‘Local devices and resources’ click on ‘More’.

4.       Check the box labeled ‘Drives’. This will allow you to save files to your local computer even when you are remotely connected.