Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Software Installation

What is Software Center (Install Software)

Software Center allows you to install a variety of licensed software, updates and plug-ins on your staff computer desktop.

For further information on using Software Center, please contact the IT Service Desk.

To Open Software Center

1.Double click the Install Software icon on your desktop:

install software icon

2. Alternatively, access Software Center through the Start Menu:

  • Click the Start Menu button
  • Click All Programs
  • Scroll down and click on the Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 folder to expand
  • Select the Configuration Manager folder to expand
  • Click Software Center to open the program

Windows 10 Start Menu

Software Center Options

Available Software Tab

To browse and install software that has been made available for your computer:

  • Find the software in the list, and
  • Click the Install button.

For multiple applications - place a checkmark in the box next to each title. When you are ready to install your selected applications, click Install Selected.

You can also see additional information about the software by clicking on its name in the list including:

  • description
  • version, and
  • if a restart is required.

Once you click Install, Software Center will change to the Installation Status tab.

available software tab

Installation Status Tab

Displays the install status of each application.

You may cancel an install from this screen by highlighting the application and clicking Cancel.

installation status tab

If you cancel an install, you will need to exit and restart Software Center to see the software reappear in your Available Software tab.

Options Tab

Lists configurable Software Center options.

Some of these options (e.g. Remote Control settings) are managed by DIT, and can be viewed but not changed. Others (e.g. Work Information, Power Management) can be set to your own preferences.

options tab

Work Information

Use this section to indicate the hours and days you typically work throughout the week. Software Center will use this information to schedule software pushes and installs for when you aren't working (if possible).

Power Management

DIT may apply power management policies to allow for more efficient power usage, as well as wake your computer for overnight software installations.

If you would prefer to be responsible for these settings, check Do not apply power settings from my IT department to this computer.

For maximum efficiency and productivity, it is recommended that you leave this setting unchecked.

Computer Maintenance

This section allows you to have some flexibility over automatic installations pushed to CSU from DIT.

Check Automatically install or uninstall required software and restart the computer only outside of the specified business hours to force the system to only apply updates outside of the times and dates specified in the Work Information section.

Uncheck Suspend Software Center activities when my computer is in presentation mode to allow system updates and restarts to occur while your computer is running a presentation.

It is recommended that these settings as the default option.

Remote Control

This section is managed by DIT and cannot be changed.

Applying Changes

Anytime you make changes in the Options tab, click Apply to save the settings.