Installing software on managed PCs

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 (SCCM), normally referred to as Software Center, has replaced Run Advertised Programs on managed PCs.

To access Software Center, either:

  • go to Start and type software center (note the US spelling) into Windows Search. It will appear in the list of results.
  • go to Start | All Programs | Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 | Configuration Manager | Software Center.

Using Software Center

Software Center has four options:

Available Software Similar to Run Advertised Programs, this lists Applications, Operating Systems and Windows updates that can be installed by the user.
Installation Status This shows the status of any software that's currently being installed, scheduled to be installed or has recently been installed.
Installed Software

This shows the software that has been installed on the machine.

It also allows you to uninstall software from the machine unless it's mandatory - where a piece of software is mandatory, the uninstall button is greyed out.

Options Here you can configure the Works hours, opt out of power management and specify automatic software installs.

New features

Software Center offers a number of improvements over Run Advertised Programs:

Search facility

More detailed information about the applications

The ability to queue up multiple applications to install

 Queue up multiple applications to install

The ability to uninstall applications

Scheduling allows you to set up software to install outside your working hours

Switch between list view and tile view


You may see a pop-up error message which includes the text:

Loading Software Center returned error code 0x80041001 (-2147217407)

This error occurs if you are trying to open Software Center before the SCCM client has started up. Wait a few minutes and try again.