Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science

Microsoft Windows Support

Windows 10 is Microsoft's latest Operating System. Released in 2015, it is the successor to Windows 7 (which ends support on January 14, 2020). If you want to learn more about what's new in Windows 10, visit our Windows 10 quick introduction page for more information.

SCS Computing Facilities (SCSCF) offers support for Windows that includes domain-based management, security patching, a baseline software offering along with support for issues relating to the operating system and its functionality. The operating system is deployed as part of our standard build and is tested for compatibility with our select recommended computer hardware.

We also support older versions of Windows when required by software compatibility and other special situations. Please refer to our operating system support lifecycle page for more information. 

The SCS Baseline Software Configuration includes the following:
  • Microsoft Windows 10 (Enterprise Edition)
  • Adobe Acrobat DC
  • Ghostscript
  • Ghostview
  • MIT Kerberos for Windows
  • Microsoft Office 2016
  • Mozilla FireFox
  • Mozilla Thunderbird
  • PuTTY
  • Microsoft Windows Defender
  • WinSCP
  • X-Win32
  • Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client

System Center Configuration Manager

SCS software supported Windows systems (that are already a part of the Andrew domain) are managed via SCCM and have access to software deployment stores called Software Center. Software Center makes it easy to obtain and install software that is part of the baseline offering as well as updated installation packages of commonly used software.

Software Center is also where you can install updates that are available for your computer. These updates are carefully curated for the SCS Windows environment and are served from SCCM (as opposed to the public Microsoft update service). 

main screen of software center

For more information on SCCM or assistance installing the SCCM client or a package from Software Center, please submit a ticket.