Software

The university provides an automated software management service for all Active Directory domain-joined computers.

At the current time, this service is only available for computers running the Windows operating system using Microsoft Software Center. Other operating systems will be supported in the future.

The software management service includes a large catalog of managed software you can install on your computer as needed. If you cannot find the software you need, you may ask us to review a new software package for addition to the catalog.

The service also gives you insight and some scheduling control over automated operating system updates.

Installing software

The Software Center allows you to browse our catalog and install new software on your computer.
A screenshot of the Software Center main catalog view displays a list of available applications.

  1. Open the Software Center application.
    [Windows] You can find the application by accessing the Start Menu and typing Software Center. The Software Center window will appear.
  2. Navigate to the Software Center Applications tab.
    A catalog listing available applications will appear.
  3. Browse the catalog to find a specific application to install
    To search, enter the name of your application in the search field. If you cannot find an application, you may submit a request to have one added to the catalog.
  4. Select the application you wish to install.
    The application detail page will appear.
  5. Verify that this is the application you wish to install, then select the Install button.
    The application will be downloaded and installed. You may access the new application using your Start Menu.
  6. Close the Software Center application.

Removing software

The Software Center allows you to review and remove any software you have already installed on your computer.
A screenshot of the Software Center installation status page. Two installed applications are listed, Google Chrome and Chocolatey.

  1. Open the Software Center application.
    [Windows] You can find the application by accessing the Start Menu and typing “Software Center”. The Software Center window will appear.
  2. Navigate to the Software Center Installation status tab.
    A list of all of the applications you have installed will appear.
  3. Select the application you wish to remove.
    The application detail page will appear.
  4. Verify that this is the application you wish to remove, then select the Uninstall button.
    The application will be removed from your computer.
  5. Close the Software Center application.

Updating your operating system

The Software Center also shows you which Windows updates are currently available for your computer, giving you control over when your computer is updated and/or rebooted.
A screenshot of the Software Center updates page.  One pending update titled "2020-08 Cumulative update for Windows" is listed.

  1. Open the Software Center application.
    [Windows] You can find the application by accessing the Start Menu and typing “Software Center”. The Software Center window will appear.
  2. Navigate to the Software Center Updates tab.
    A list of all available Windows updates will appear. The future install schedule will be listed next to each update.
  3. To install all available updates, select the Install All button.
    The updates will be downloaded and installed immediately. Your computer may be restarted.
  4. To install an individual update, select the update itself.
    The update detail page will appear.
    1. To begin the update immediately, verify that this is the update you wish to install and select the Install button.
      The update will be installed immediately. Your computer may be restarted.
    2. To schedule the update for a later date, verify that this is the update you wish to install and select the Schedule button.
      You will be prompted for a date and time. Your computer may be restarted at that future date.
  5. Close the Software Center application.