SAS (Statistical Analysis System) is for advanced analytics, multivariate analyses, business intelligence, data management, and predictive analytics. SAS is a very large software suite.

The easiest way to access SAS for Windows users is via AppsAnywhere.

Alternatively you can manually install it on different systems, including the High End Computing Cluster.

 Installing SAS for Windows natively

Before proceeding with these instructions, ensure that you are connected to the university network.

If you are offsite, you will need to connect to the VPN while installing.

 Connect to the VPN using Windows

The video below shows the process for connecting to the VPN from a Windows 10 PC. For written instructions for both Windows 10 and Windows 8, see below the video.

 Windows 10
  1. Click on the network symbol in the bottom right hand corner (this may appear as four curved lines or an icon depicting a monitor with a cable).

  2. Select Network settings.

  3. Select VPN.

    Network settings link at the bottom of the Network window


  1. In the network settings menu, click Add a VPN Connection.

  2. Enter the following settings:
    • VPN Provider: Windows (Built in)
    • Connection Name: Lancaster University VPN
    • Server name or address:
    • Select VPN type: Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP)
    • Type of sign-in info: your username and password
    • Username: LANCS\username (e.g. LANCS\bloggsj)
    • Password: Enter your normal University password

      Add a VPN connection - data is entered

  3. Click Save - the VPN settings menu will reappear.

If the VPN settings menu does not reappear, click the network symbol from the bottom right corner > Click Network Settings > Select VPN from the left toolbar.


  1. In the settings menu, under the sub heading Related Settings, click Change adaptor options. This will open the Network Connections window, you should see your VPN connection you have just created here.

  2. Right click on this connection and select Properties.

  3. Go to the Security tab. 

  4. Click the option for Allow these protocols.

  5. Tick the box named Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP).

  6. Ensure the box under this named Microsoft CHAP Version 2 (MS-CHAP v2) is also checked.

  7. Click OK.

  8. When prompted by the protocol message, click Yes.

  9. Close the open windows.

To connect to the VPN:

  1. From the main desktop, click on the network symbol in the bottom right hand corner.

  2. Select Lancaster University VPN and click Connect.

 Windows 8
  1. Press Windows key & S - this will open the Search side panel.

  2. Type: vpn  
    1. You should see a list.

  3. Click Manage Virtual Private Networks (VPN).

  4. Click on Add a VPN Connection.

  5. Drop the VPN provider list and select Microsoft.

  6. In Connection Name type: Lancaster University VPN

  7. In Server name or address, type:

  8. Un-select Remember my sign-in info.

  9. Click Save - you should see the Network Ethernet screen.


  1. Press Windows key & S - this will open the Search side panel.

  2. Type: View network connections
    1. You should see a list.

  3. Click on View network connections - you should see a list of network connections.

  4. Right click on Lancaster University VPN - you should see a tabbed dialog box.

  5. Click on the Security tab - see dialog.

  6. Select VPN type: Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP).

  7. Click on Allow these protocols EAP-MSCHAPv2 will be used for IKEv2 VPN type..

  8. Notice that Microsoft CHAP Version 2(MS-CHAP v2) is selected.
    1. If it is not, select it.

  9. Leave all other options as they are.

  10. Click OK.

  11. Close Network Connections dialog box.

To connect to the VPN:

  1. Click the Network icon (next to the speaker, near the time) - the Sidebar appears.

  2. Click the Lancaster University VPN connection.

  3. Click Connect.

  4. At the Network Authentication prompt:
    1. Enter your username, in the format: LANCS\username - e.g.lancs\bloggsj
    2. Enter your University password.

  5. Click OK.

The SAS licence codes are updated annually in July. Off-campus Users will need to connect via VPN when they update.

Installing SAS 9.4
  1. On your windows machines keyboard press the Windows key + R simultaneously, this will open the Run box.

  2. Copy the following path:\\\software$\site\sas\ and paste this into the run box, click OK - see list of folders appear.

  3. For non-University computers - If you get asked for your username and password, enter your username as: lancs\(your username) - e.g. lancs\bloggsj.

  4. Open the appropriate folder for your machine, so for 64 bit SAS 9.4 (recommended) open the sas9.4_x64 folder.

  5. If your computer is:
    1. On-campus - open the install folder and proceed with step 6 below.
    2. Off-campus (on a reasonable network) - open the zip folder and copy the zip file on to your system, then unzip it on your system and proceed with step 6.
    3. Off-campus (on a slow network) - While using the University's network, copy the zip file on to a memory stick (at least 24gig).  Use this memory stick on your off-campus computer.

  6. Double click on the setup.exe file in the folder to install SAS. 

    SAS 9.4 is a huge program and requires a stable internet connection to download successfully. After running the setup.exe file you will not see anything appear to happen on your machine for a long time whilst it downloads, please be patient. If you experience repeated issues, please attempt this from a faster more reliable connection; when possible conduct the download from on campus.

  7. Once fully downloaded you will be prompted to Run the file. Click on this and the installer opens - see screenshot below. Choose your language (the default is English), then click OK - the SAS Deployment Wizard 9.4 splash screen appears.

    sas installer

  8. Wait for while the SAS installer is working (this may take some time) - eventually the Select Deployment Task screen appears.

  9. Click Next - the Specify SAS Home screen appears.

  10. Click Next - the Select Deployment Type screen appears.

  11. Click Install SAS Foundation and Related Software, then click Next - the Select Products to Install screen appears.

  12. Make any specific selections you require, then click Next - the Select SAS Foundation Mode screen appears.

  13. Depending on your system accept the default setting:

    Select SAS Foundation Mode

    The Select SAS Foundation Products screen appears.

  14. Click Next - the Specify SAS Installation Data File screen appears.

  15. Click Next - the Select Language Support screen appears.

  16. Click Clear All, then click on language(s) required (English is selected automatically) - the Select Java Runtime Environment screen appears.

  17. Click Next - the Deployment Summary screen appears.

  18. Click Start - the Welcome to the System Requirements Wizard screen appears.

  19. Click Next - the Systems Components Update screen appears.

  20. Click Next - the System Update Finished screen appears.

  21. Click Finish - the Deployment in Progress screen appears.

  22. Wait for a substantial period whilst the items go green one by one.

  23. When all the items have gone green and the screen shows as Deployment Complete, click Next - see screenshot below.

    Deployment complete

    The Select Support Option screen appears.

  24. Select the Send or Do Not Send option as you wish, then click Next - the Additional Resources screen appears.

  25. Check out any links that are of interest, then click Finish.


Introductory Guides for SAS (including Getting Started with the SAS System and The Little SAS book) are available from short loan in the library.

The Windows version has on-line tutorial and help systems. 

SAS Online Documentation for v9 - online documentation.

SAS Web Pages - For further support and information, downloads and patches.

For problems with installing the software (including licensing issues) - report a problem with SAS.

SAS Chest Agreement - SAS is purchased under the Chest Agreement.