For IT administrators - get Minecraft: Education Edition

Applies to:

  • Windows 10

When you sign up for a Minecraft: Education Edition trial, or purchase a Minecraft: Education Edition subscription. Minecraft will be added to the inventory in your Windows Store for Business, a private version of Windows Store associated with your Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) tenant. Your Store for Business is only displayed to members of your organization.

Note

If you don't have an Azure AD or Office 365 tenant, you can set up a free Office 365 Education subscription when you request Minecraft: Education Edition. For more information see Office 365 Education plans and pricing.

Add Minecraft to your Windows Store for Business

You can start with the Minecraft: Education Edition trial to get individual copies of the app. For more information, see Minecraft: Education Edition - direct purchase.

If you’ve been approved and are part of the Enrollment for Education Solutions volume license program, you can purchase a volume licenses for Minecraft: Education Edition. For more information, see Minecraft: Education Edition - volume license.

Minecraft: Education Edition - direct purchase

  1. Go to http://education.minecraft.net/ and select GET STARTED.

  2. Enter your email address, and select Educator, Administrator, or Student.
    If your email address isn't associated to an Azure AD or Office 365 Education tenant, you'll be asked to create one.

  3. Select Get the app. This will take you to the Windows Store for Business to download the app. You will also receive an email with instructions and a link to the Store.

  4. Sign in to Windows Store for Business with your email address.

  5. Read and accept the Windows Store for Business Service Agreement, and then select Next.

  6. Minecraft: Education Edition opens in the Windows Store for Business. Select Get the app. This places Minecraft: Education Edition in your Store inventory.

Now that the app is in your Store for Business inventory, you can choose how to distribute Minecraft. For more information on distribution options, see Distribute Minecraft.

If you need additional licenses for Minecraft: Education Edition, see Purchase additional licenses.

Minecraft: Education Edition - volume licensing

Qualified education institutions can purchase Minecraft: Education Edition licenses through their Microsoft channel partner. Schools need to be part of the Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES) volume licensing program. Educational institutions should work with their channel partner to determine which Minecraft: Education Edition licensing offer is best for their institution. The process looks like this:

Minecraft: Education Edition payment options

You can pay for Minecraft: Education Edition with a debit or credit card, or with an invoice.

Debit or credit cards

During the purchase, click Get started! Add a way to pay. Provide the info needed for your debit or credit card.

Invoices

Invoices are now a supported payment method for Minecraft: Education Edition. There are a few requirements:

  • Admins only (not supported for Teachers)
  • $500 invoice minimum for your initial purchase
  • $15,000 invoice maximum (for all invoices within your organization)

To pay with an invoice

  1. During the purchase, click Get started! Add a way to pay.

    Buy page for an app, showing the link for Get started! Add a way to pay.

  2. Select the Invoice option, and provide the info needed for an invoice. The PO number item allows you to add a tracking number or info that is meaningful to your organization.

    Invoice Details page showing items that need to be completed for an invoice. PO number is highlighted.

Find your invoice

After you've finished the purchase, you can find your invoice by checking Minecraft: Education Edition in your Inventory.

Note: After you complete a purchase, it can take up to twenty-four hours for the app to appear in Inventory.

To view your invoice

  1. In Windows Store for Business, click Manage and then click Inventory.
  2. Click Minecraft: Education Edition in the list of apps.
  3. On Minecraft: Education Edition, click View Bills.

    Minecraft: Education Edition app details page with view bills link highlighted

  4. On Invoice Bills, click the invoice number to view and download your invoice. It downloads as a .pdf.

    Minecraft: Education Edition app details page with view bills link highlighted

The Payment Instructions section on the first page of the invoice has information on invoice amount, due date, and how to pay with electronic funds transfer, or with a check.

Distribute Minecraft

After Minecraft: Education Edition is added to your Windows Store for Business inventory, you have three options:

  • You can install the app on your PC.
  • You can assign the app to others.
  • You can download the app to distribute.

Admins can also add Minecraft: Education Edition to the private store. This allows people in your organization to install the app from the private store. For more information, see Distribute apps using your private store.

Configure automatic subscription assignment

For Minecraft: Education Edition, you can use auto assign subscription to control whether or not you assign a subscription when a member of your organization signs in to the app. When auto assign subscription is on, people from your organization who don’t have a subscription will automatically get one when they sign in to Minecraft: Education Edition. When auto assign subscription is off, people from your organization will get the trial version when they sign in to Minecraft: Education Edition. This allows you to control which people use the trial version, and which people are assigned a full subscription. You can always reassign subscriptions, but planning ahead will reduce time spent managing apps and subscriptions. By default, automatic subscription assignment is turned on.

How to turn off automatic subscription assignment

Note

The version of the Minecraft: Education Edition page in the Store for Business will be different depending on which Store for Business flight you are using.

  1. Sign in to Microsoft Store for Business
  2. Click Manage.

    You'll see Minecraft: Education Edition product page.

    Minecraft Education Edition product page with auto assign control highlighted.

    -Or-

    Minecraft Education Edition product page with auto assign control highlighted.

  3. Slide the Auto assign subscription or click Turn off auto assign subscription.

Install for me

You can install the app on your PC. This gives you a chance to test the app and know how you might help others in your organization use the app.

  1. Sign in to Microsoft Store for Business.
  2. Click Manage, and then click Install.

    Minecraft Education Edition product page

  3. Click Install.

Assign to others

Enter email addresses for your students, and each student will get an email with a link to install the app. This option is best for older, more tech-savvy students who will always use the same PC at school. You can assign the app to individuals, groups, or add it to your private store, where students and teachers in your organization can download the app.

To assign to others

  1. Sign in to Windows Store for Business.
  2. Click Manage.

    Minecraft Education Edition product page

  3. Click Invite people.

  4. Type the name, or email address of the student or group you want to assign the app to, and then click Assign.

    You can only assign the app to students with work or school accounts. If you don't find the student, you might need to add a work or school account for the student.

    Assign to people showing student name

To finish Minecraft install (for students)

  1. Students will receive an email with a link that will install the app on their PC.

    Email with Get the app link

  2. Click Get the app to start the app install in Windows Store app.

  3. In Windows Store app, click Install.

    Windows Store app with Minecraft page

    After installing the app, students can find Minecraft: Education Edition in Windows Store app under My Library. Windows Store app is preinstalled with Windows 10.

    Windows Store app showing access to My Library

    When students click My Library they'll find apps assigned to them.

    My Library for example student

Download for others

Download for others allows teachers or IT admins to download an app that they can install on PCs. This will install Minecraft: Education Edition on the PC, and allows anyone with a Windows account to use the app on that PC. This option is best for students, and for shared computers. Choose this option when:

  • You have administrative permissions to install apps on the PC.
  • You want to install this app on each of your student's Windows 10 (at least version 1511) PCs.
  • Your students share Windows 10 computers, but sign in with their own Windows account.

Requirements

  • Administrative permissions are required on the PC. If you don't have the correct permissions, you won't be able to install the app.
  • Windows 10 (at least version 1511) is required for PCs running Minecraft: Education Edition.

Check for updates
Minecraft: Education Edition will not install if there are updates pending for other apps on the PC. Before installing Minecraft, check to see if there are pending updates for Windows Store apps.

To check for app updates

  1. Start Windows Store app on the PC (click Start, and type Store).
  2. Click the account button, and then click Downloads and updates.

    Windows Store app showing access to My Library

  3. Click Check for updates, and install all available updates.

    Windows Store app showing access to My Library

  4. Restart the computer before installing Minecraft: Education Edition.

To download for others
You'll download a .zip file, extract the files, and then use one of the files to install Minecraft: Education Edition on each PC.

  1. Download Minecraft Education Edition.zip. From the Minecraft: Education Edition page, click Download for others tab, and then click Download.

    Windows Store app showing access to My Library

  2. Extract files. Find the .zip file that you downloaded and extract the files. This is usually your Downloads folder, unless you chose to save the .zip file to a different location. Right-click the file and choose Extract all.

  3. Save to USB drive. After you've extracted the files, save the Minecraft: Education Edition folder to a USB drive, or to a network location that you can access from each PC.
  4. Install app. Use the USB drive to copy the Minecraft folder to each Windows 10 PC where you want to install Minecraft: Education Edition. Open Minecraft: Education Edition folder, right-click InstallMinecraftEducationEdition.bat and click Run as administrator.
  5. Quick check. The install program checks the PC to make sure it can run Minecraft: Education Edition. If your PC passes this test, the app will automatically install.
  6. Restart. Once installation is complete, restart each PC. Minecraft: Education Edition app is now ready for any student to use.

Learn more

Working with Windows Store for Business – education scenarios
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