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Software Center (Windows)

Welcome to Software Center!

Software Center is your home for downloading software. It is available on all Texas State-owned Windows computers that are on the TXSTATE domain. 

Note:  If you do not see Software Center, contact ITAC.


Open Software Center

1. Go to Start.
2. Click All Programs.
3. Click Microsoft System Center 2012.
4. Click Configuration Manager.
5. Click Software Center.


You will see Software Center when your Texas State-owned computer is on campus and connected to the Texas State network (via a network cable or while on the Texas State WPA wireless network).  If you do not see Software Center, contact ITAC for assistance.

Start - Programs - Software Center

Quick Tour

A.  Available Software, Installation Status, and Installed Software tabs.

B. If you don't see any software listed on the Installation Status tab, make sure that the box is checked next to Show optional software.

C.  List of software available, downloading, or installed.

D.  Install button: Select the software that you would like to install, and click this button to begin the process.

Installation Status

How to Download Software

  1. Select software from the list.
  2. Click Install.
  3. Follow prompts to complete the download and installation.

         Note: Prompts may appear in separate pop out dialog boxes on your computer.

    4. Software Center will keep you informed throughout the entire installation process.

Waiting to apply changes (immediately after clicking Install)

Waiting to apply changes







5.  Once installed, be sure to follow any additional instructions on the dialog boxes.  You may also be prompted to restart your computer.

6.  After installing, the new software will appear in the list in the Installed Software tab.

Note:  The Installed Software tab displays a list of software that you have installed on your computer through Software Center (or previously through Run Advertised Programs).  This is not a list of all the software on your computer. 

Installed Software

How to Uninstall Software

There are two ways to uninstall software on your computer:

Option A.  (1) Open the Software Center, (2) select the Installed Software tab, (3) select the desired software (4) click Uninstall, and (5) follow the prompts.

Option B.  (1) Go to Start Start menu and select Programs, (2) click Control Panel, (3) click Programs and Features, (4) select the desired software, (5) click Uninstall, and (6) follow the prompts.

Antivirus/Malware:  Microsoft Endpoint Protection

You will see a new icon in the system tray (bottom right side of your Windows desktop).

Endpoint Protection

When you open Endpoint Protection, you will see this view.




Note: No changes will be made to the free antivirus software Microsoft Security Essentials.

Endpoint Protection