Answered By: Jason Welborn
Last Updated: Aug 16, 2014     Views: 213

Software Center is a new self-service portal that allows you to install applications and updates on your computer. When new software is available for your computer, you'll see the balloon notification like the one below:

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To open the Software Center just click on this balloon notification. You can also open Software Center by following these steps:
  1. Click the Start button and select All Programs.
  2. Select Microsoft System Center 2012 R2.
  3. Select Configuration Manager
  4. Select Software Center

When you open Software Center you'll see a list of software applications and updates currently available for your PC.  The first tab displayed is Available Software, and by default it shows all available types of software that can be installed.  You can filter the list by clicking the Show drop-down and choosing either Applications, Operating Systems, or Updates.

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Clicking on the name of a software title will display information about that title at the bottom of the window, such as a description of what the application does, whether or not a restart is required, and the estimated amount of time required to complete the installation. To install an application select it from the list and click the Install button in the lower right corner.

Please Note: You may notice the designation "CTS Only" next to some of the software titles. These items are for Computing & Technology Services use only and should be left alone. 

For more information on using Software Center, please refer to the User's Guide: Software Center document below.