For teachers - get Minecraft: Education Edition

Applies to:

  • Windows 10

The following article describes how teachers can get and distribute Minecraft: Education Edition. Minecraft: Education Edition is available for anyone to trial, and subscriptions can be purchased by qualified educational institutions directly in the Microsoft Store for Education, via volume licensing agreements and through partner resellers.

To get started, go to http://education.minecraft.net/ and select GET STARTED.

Try Minecraft: Education Edition for Free

Minecraft: Education Edition is available for anyone to try for free! The free trial is fully-functional but limited by the number of logins (25 for teachers and 10 for students) before a paid license will be required to continue playing.

To learn more and get started, go to http://education.minecraft.net/ and select GET STARTED.

Purchase Minecraft: Education Edition for Teachers and Students

Minecraft: Education Edition is licensed via yearly subscriptions that are purchased through the Microsoft Store for Education, via volume licensing agreements and through partner resellers.

Note

M:EE is available on many platforms, but all license purchases can only be done through one of the three methods listed above.

As a teacher, you may purchase subscription licenses for you and your students directly through the Microsoft Store for Education, or you may already have access to licenses at your school (through a volume license agreement) if you have an Office 365 account.

Note

If you already have Office 365, you may already have Minecraft: Education Edition licenses for your school! M:EE is included in many volume license agreements, however, only the administrators at your school will be able to assign and manage those licenses. If you have an Office 365 account, check with your school administration or IT administrator prior to purchasing M:EE directly.

You can purchase individual Minecraft: Education Edition subscriptions for you and other teachers and students directly in the Microsoft Store for Education.

To purchase individual Minecraft: Education Edition subscriptions (i.e. direct purchase):

  1. Sign in to Microsoft Store for Education with your Office 365 account.
  2. Click on Minecraft: Education Edition (or use Search the Store to find it)
  3. Click Buy

Note

Administrators can restrict the ability for teachers to purchase applications in the Microsoft Store for Education. If you do not have the ability to Buy, contact your school administration or IT administrator.

Distribute Minecraft

After Minecraft: Education Edition licenses have been purchased, either directly, through a volume license agreement or through a partner reseller, those licenses will be added to your Microsoft Store for Education. From there 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.

Install for me

You can install the app on your PC. This gives you a chance to work with the app before using it with your students.

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

  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.

To assign to others

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

  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.

    Assign to people showing student name

    You can assign the app to students with work or school accounts.
    If you don't find the student, you can still assign the app to them if self-service sign up is supported for your domain. Students will receive an email with a link to Office 365 portal where they can create an account, and then install Minecraft: Education Edition. Questions about self-service sign up? Check with your admin.

To finish Minecraft install (for students)

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

Email with Get the app link

  1. Click Get the app to start the app install in Microsoft Store app.
  2. In Microsoft Store app, click Install.

    Microsoft Store app with Minecraft page

    After installing the app, students can find Minecraft: Education Edition in Microsoft Store app under My Library.

    Microsoft 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 a packages that they can install on student 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 Microsoft Store apps.

To check for app updates

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

    Microsoft Store app showing access to My Library

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

    Microsoft 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.

    Microsoft 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.

Troubleshoot

If you ran InstallMinecraftEducationEdition.bat and Minecraft: Education Edition isn't available, there are a few things that might have happened.

Problem Possible cause Solution
Script ran, but it doesn't look like the app installed. There might be pending app updates. Check for app updates (see steps earlier in this topic).
Install updates.
Restart PC.
Run InstallMinecraftEducationEdition.bat again.
App won't install. AppLocker is configured and preventing app installs. Contact IT Admin.
App won't install. Policy prevents users from installing apps on the PC. Contact IT Admin.
Script starts, but stops quickly. Policy prevents scripts from running on the PC. Contact IT Admin.
App isn't available for other users. No restart after install. If you don't restart the PC, and just switch users the app will not be available. Restart PC.
Run InstallMinecraftEducationEdition.bat again.
If a restart doesn't work, contact your IT Admin.

If you are still having trouble installing the app, you can get more help on our Support page.

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