Software Center (Windows)

How to install software with Software Center

Customers that have a Windows system can take advantage of Software Center to download and install software managed by NTS.


Software Center is a component of the System Center Configuration Management Suite, which provides a scalable, efficient way to manage large groups of Windows computers. It's feature set allows the Office of Information Technology (NTS) the capability to preform software distribution in line with industry standards and best practices to meet the needs of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and Statewide Administration (SW).

Verifying that you have Software Center

Software Center is installed on all Windows UA domain computers at UAF and SW. If your computer is not on the UA domain, it will not have Software Center installed.

The Software Center application is located at:

  • Start Menu > Microsoft System Center > Software Center.

You can further confirm operation by opening Software Center and observing the installed and available software.

Verifying UA Domain membership

If you are not sure whether your computer is on the UA domain, right click the start button and select system, the domain should show 

If you need your computer to be added to the UA domain, or if your computer is a member of the UA domain but does not have Software Center,  please contact the NTS Support Center.

Joining the UA Domain

Please contact the NTS Support Center if you wish to have your computer joined to the UA Domain.


Q: What advantage does Software Center provide?
A: Software Center  allows for the streamlined installation of NTS provided software. It also allows for the presentation of updates for these applications once they are installed.
Q: The application I am looking for is not in Software Center.
  • Verify the application is not already installed on your computer.
  • Check the Software Download Catalog for instructions on how you may install it manually. 
  • Not all applications are compatible with Software Center. Contact the NTS Support Center to inquire about if the application should be listed in Software Center, or if it can be added.