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Topic: Help: Professional vd student versions of Mma 2.2.3
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Paul J. Hinton

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Re: Help: Professional vd student versions of Mma 2.2.3
Posted: Aug 25, 1996 6:05 PM
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Ahmed Maarouf <> wrote in article

> [ Clipped from: comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica ]
> Can somebody help me with the difference between the
> student and the professional versions of Mma 2.2.3 for
> windows. Some people say they are EXACTLY the same,
> others say that the student version doesn't have
> the same capabilities as the professional one.

The current shipping versions of Mathematica for Windows

Professional Version:
Student Version:

There is *NO* difference in kernel functionality in the
Windows version (the opposite is true for the Macintosh).
The student version kernel contains the same library of
built in functions, and it makes full use of the
processor's capabilities. You also get the same set of
standard packages which can be used to enhance the
kernel's abilities.

The differences between the student version and the
professional version are:

1) Registered users of the professional version get free
technical support by phone or by e-mail. Registered
users of student versions get installation help by
phone or e-mail, but all other queries must be
handled by e-mail.

2) The principal reference for the professional version
is the second edition of the Mathematica book. The
principal reference for the student version is a
condensation of the Mathematica book.

3) Access to the Mathematica kernel is password protected
on both versions. With the professional version, the
password is machine independent. With the student
version, the password (or registration key) is
machine specific, and is seeded with a serial number
called the MathID.

4) Graphics printed by the student version of the front
end include a special indicator that the graphic
was generated by a student version.

5) Users of student versions cannot subscribe to the
MathPlus upgrade program.

6) The student version does not come with the MathLink
Developer's kit, which enables the user to interface
the kernel with external programs written in C or
other languages. It is supplied at the user's request.

> Another questions is about running Mma under windows 95.
> After installing Mma 2.2.3, and upon the first run, it
> says that I have to choose a protocol. I do so and start
> an evaluation. It starts and runs for ever!, even to
> calculate 1+1. Moreover, I cannot interrupt it. Can
> somebody help me with that please?

Check to see if the kernel can run standalone by selecting
Start -> Programs -> Mathematica for Students -> Mathematica
Kernel. If a window with an In[1]:= prompt comes up, then
its more than likely that you do not have the protocols
set up correctly. If you cannot get the kernel standalone
window to run, contact Technical Support at Be sure to include your license
number (an eight-digit number that appears on your
Mathematica registration certificate).

Help for protocol installation is as close as your release
notes. Check to see if there is information about
Compatibility with Windows 95. If there is, follow the
instructions printed therein. If there is no information,
you may have a version of Mathematica that predates the
release of the updated Local protocol for Mathematica.
To find out how to obtain and install the free patches,
go to URL:

For additional information on other Windows 95 patches
and workarounds for Mathematica, see URLs:

I hope you find this information helpful, and I hope you
get your copy of Mathematica up and running soon!

P.J. Hinton
Technical Support--Wolfram Research, Inc.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed above are those of the author alone.

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