Before starting to install SAS, please consider the following:
- SAS can be installed on Windows, Unix, Linux and other operating systems, but it cannot be installed onto a Mac. If you want to install SAS on a Mac, you will need to have a dual boot, so that you can boot to Windows to install and use SAS. SAS is a fairly large program, so you will need to have lots of disk space for the installation. Please check the SAS website for the estimated amount of disk space needed for the installation you wish to do.
- SAS does not run on all Windows systems. For example, SAS will not run on Windows Home Basic. Please check the SAS website to ensure that SAS will work on the Windows operating system that you have.
- Before you start the installation, be sure that you have your SAS license file, which is called a SID file. This is text file that contains the licensing information necessary for SAS to run. If you have an installation depot, the SID file might be included in it. Also, it is usually a good idea to reboot your computer just before you install SAS. This will ensure that the maximum amount of memory is available and will minimize potential conflicts.
The installation may take a long time, depending on how many modules you are installing and the speed of your computer. For the most part, the defaults can be accepted, although you may wish to change some of the default directories. You may need to reboot your computer at the end of the installation. Either way, you should start SAS to ensure that it works as expected. You can use proc product_status to see which modules were installed and proc setinit to see when the licenses will expire.