Add software to your Windows 7 Staff Desktop

Updated on 21 April 2022

Install the software you need from the Software Centre, or request it in the Application Catalog

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About the Software Centre

The Software Centre contains a list of free software you can self-install. IT maintain what is available to you through it.

The software list is based on what:

  • is most often asked for by the University community
  • the University has a licence for, and the type of licence it has
  • is likely to cover the needs of most people

Install software

  1. Click on the icon on your desktop or reach it in the Start Menu.
  2. Scroll through the list in the Available Software tab to see if what you want is in there.
  3. Open the Software Centre.
  4. Choose your software.
  5. Click INSTALL.

Some software takes longer to install than others. You can go to the Installation Status tab to check progress.

Can't find what you need?

You have to get authorisation and/or request a licence for certain software. You do this in the Application Catalog.

  1. Open the Software Centre.
  2. Click on Find additional applications from the Application Catalog (below search bar).

You will be taken to the Application Catalog. If your default browser is Chrome (doesn't work with this), copy the link into Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.

  1. Choose your software (if not available, go to next section).
  2. Click REQUEST.
  3. You will need to provide:
    • a business reason for needing the software
    • cost centre (if licence comes at a cost)
    • email address of person responsible for cost centre
    in the text box.
  4. Click SUBMIT

Your request will then go to IT for approval. You can go to the My Application Requests tab at any time to track the status of your request.

Installing custom software

You can still get the software you want if it isn't in the Software Centre or Application Catalog.

  1. Search for the software you want online and download it.
  2. Run the software and install it.
  3. If the software has been approved by IT before it will install.

Application approval

If the Application approval? box appears for you:

  1. Make sure you have Outlook open before you enter and submit your reason for needing the application.
  2. Send your request from Outlook when the email appears.
  3. Wait to receive the email notification that your request has been approved by IT (usually authorised within 24 hours (Mon-Fri)).
  4. Go to your Start Menu, then All Programs and run GP Update to apply the policy (window closes when complete).
  5. Go back to the file you downloaded (don't try to install it again from the website) and double-click on it.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions to install.

Why you can't install software without approval

Online software downloads could contain malware (viruses). IT need to check what you're trying to install won't compromise the security of your computer.