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System Center Configuration Manager - SCCM (Software Center)

This document explains what SCCM is and how it can be used.

What is System Center Configuration Manager?

System Center Configuration Manager, or SCCM, is Microsoft's enterprise-ready software for allowing IT to manage computers running Windows. This software allows for users of computers to install software and updates without needing administrative rights on the computer.

What can I do with SCCM?

With SCCM, users can install campus software, update their Windows OS, and install printers. Software installed on the computer will be automatically updated when updates become available without requiring the user of the computer to download updates from the internet.

Benefits of SCCM

Users can install software at their leisure without having to contact IT or have administrative rights. 

Where can I get SCCM?

SCCM is automatically installed on campus PCs. Click on the desktop icon titled Software Center to launch the application. The icon will look like so: 

screenshot of software center window

It can also be found in the Start Menu Under Microsoft Endpoint Manager. 

Installing Applications through SCCM: 

After opening the Software Center application you'll view the following screen: 

screenshot of software center window

From this screen you can browse through all of the applications available. You are also able to toggle between views with the following button in the upper right: 

icons to toggle views

The three options are: 

  • Multi-Select Mode
  • List View
  • Tile View
Images in this article are in the tile view mode. 
You can either look through all the applications or use the Search bar in the upper left. Be aware that the application name must be spelled correctly in order for it to locate the software. As an example, if you wanted to install Firefox you would type Firefox into the search bar and see this: 
example of using search
From there, double click on the Firefox icon and you'll see this screen: 
example of installing an application
Click install. 

Updates through SCCM: 

On the left hand side of the application screen there are four options: 
  • Applications
  • Updates
  • Installation Status
  • IT KnowledgeBase
Updates features information about apps that need updating, installation status will provide information about when an app was installed and if it was installed successful whereas the IT KnowledgeBase will link you to IT's KB website. 

If you need further assistance please call the Information Technology Help Desk at 920-424-3020, put in your own request at, or email

Keywords:SCCM, Software Center, Install, Software   Doc ID:73364
Owner:Michael B.Group:UW Oshkosh
Created:2017-05-18 10:18 CDTUpdated:2023-03-29 11:42 CDT
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