Software Center How-To Guide

  Software Center

How-To Guide

This document provides instructions for installing Software Center, which is a Windows Application that is managed and supported by Computing and Technology Services (CTS).

What is SoftwareCenter?

Software Center is part of Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), which allows Computing and Technology Services (CTS) to deliver, manage, support, and update applications and services across campus.

Software Center will allow you to install a variety of licensed software, updates, and plug-ins on your own computer without having to contact CTS for assistance.

Using Software Center to Install Programs

For Windows 7 and 10 only:
You can install Software using Software Center by doing the following:
1) Click on your Start on your Windows machine, search for Software Center Desktop App, and click it.
Please Note: Your computer will have to be hard-wired into the campus network via Ethernet cable to access Software Center.

2)Once in the Software Center, you will see a list of the applications that are available for download. This software list has been approved by and is supported by

Please Note: Most Windows software can be added to this list.

3) To install software, click on its icon in the list, click the Install button.

4) After the install completes, the software icon should appear on your Desktop or in your list of programs. Click this icon to launch your newly-installed program.

Software Center

Software Center

Software Center

Click the Install button

Software Center

Using Software Center to Install Updates

You can install Software using Software Center by doing the following:
(For Windows 7 and 10 only):
1) Click on your Start on your Windows machine, search for Software Center Desktop App, and click it.
Please Note: Your computer will have to be hard-wired into the campus network via Ethernet cable to access Software Center.

2) Click on Updates to see a list of available updates.

3) All available updates should be listed.

4) To install an update, click on the update. Since all updates are deployed by CTS and install silently in the background while you work. All you should have to do is click Restart.

5) If you would like to install all updates, click the Install All button in the top right corner.

Software Center

Software Center

Software Center

Software Center

Software Center

Software Center Options

The Options tab lists the configurable Software Center options. Some of these options, such as the Remote Control settings and Power Management, are managed by Computing and Technology Services (CTS) and can be viewed but not changed. Others, such as Work Information, can be set to your own preferences.

WORK INFORMATION: Use this section to indicate the hours and days you typically work throughout the week. The Software Center will use this information to try to schedule software pushes and installs for when you aren’t working, if possible.

POWER MANAGEMENT: This section is managed by CTS and cannot be changed.

COMPUTER MAINTENANCE: This section allows you to have some flexibility over automatic installations pushed to the campus from CTS. Checking Automatically install or uninstall required software and restart the computer only outside of the specified business hours will force the system to only apply updates outside of the times and dates specified in the Work Information section. Unmarkable Suspend Software Center activities when my computer is in presentation mode will allow system updates and restarts to happen while your computer is running a presentation. It is recommended that these settings remain at the default.

REMOTE CONTROL: This section is managed by CTS and cannot be changed.

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