Software Center allows students to install licensed OSU software on their Windows Desktop Computers.

Software Center offers many different software titles to install, including MatLab, MathCAD, SketchUp, MS Office suite upgrades, and more.

All software packages are managed by the COE IT department, if the software you need is not available on Software Center, email

Please include in the email:

  • Your name, department, and the name of the software.
  • Your computer number or name.
  • The reason you need the software and what you will be using it for.

Installing Software

1. Open the start menu by clicking on the start button Start Menu

2. Search for 'Software Center' in the start menu

Windows 10:

After clicking the start button, just start typing 'software Center' and it should pop up.

Win 10 Start Menu

Windows 11:

In the search bar of the taskbar, just start typing 'software Center' and it should pop up.

software center search image

3. In the Software Center window, choose the desired software to be installed in the Available Software tab.

  • There is a search bar in the top right corner of the Available Software tab for easy finding of software.

4. After selecting the desired software, click Install in the bottom right corner.

5. The status of the installing software can be viewed in the Installation Status tab.

  • If the software fails to install, attempt to reinstall it (a reinstall option can be used within the Installation Status tab), if a problem persists, email with the name of the software.

6. Currently installed software can be viewed and uninstalled from the Installed Software tab.