Installing software applications or updates using Software Center


This article gives instructions on how to install updates to the operating system and applications on an SCSU-owned Windows computer and provides instructions to allow the required updates to install automatically outside of your business hours. 



  • This is for St. Cloud State-owned Windows computers.
  • Updates for the system and applications are released on the 2nd Friday of each month. 
  • This guide will teach you how to recognize when updates are available and how to install them.


  1. Use the search bar at the bottom left of your screen and type “Software”. Click on the option to open Software Center. 
  2. On the left side of the Software Center, you'll see several options including Applications, Updates and Operating Systems.
  3. In the Applications tab, search for the name fo the software you'd like to install. Example: Type "Office" to find Microsoft Office.
    1. Click on the software application, then click the red button Install
    2. You will need to close existing versions of the application before you can install an updated version of the software.
  4. For routine monthly updates, install updates in the Updates tab.
  5. For an updated Operating System, go to the Operating Systems tab. These are usually no more than once per year. 


Automatically Install Updates Outside Business Hours

If you prefer that the updates install automatically, please modify the following settings in Software Center.

Updates will not install automatically unless the following is true:

  • the computer is powered on and awake
  • the computer has access to the Internet
  • you are not signed into the computer


  1. Open the Options tab
  2. Under Work Information, modify the Business Hours to 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. 
  3. Under Computer maintenance, add a checkmark to enable "Automatically install or uninstall required software and restart the computer only outside of the specified business hours"
    1. Note: If you do not sign out of your computer, this setting will warn you, then sign out of the computer to install the updates and restart the computer. 




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