How to Enable New Software Center in SCCM

In this post, I will show you how to enable new Software Center in SCCM. The new SCCM software Center allows you to select a logo for Software Center and notifications and much more.

Your organization’s IT admin uses Software Center to install applications, software updates, and upgrade Windows. There are a lot of customization options available in the new version of Software Center.

The Software Center is installed along with the SCCM Client Agent and you cannot install the Software Center manually. When you uninstall the ConfigMgr agent, the Software Center is also uninstalled.

SCCM 1511 release introduces a new SCCM Software Center version that offers many new features and advantages over the older versions. The previous version of Software Center is no longer supported. Take a look at how to customize SCCM software Center appearance and branding.

When you install Configuration Manager for the first time, the new Software Center is not enabled, and you have to manually enable it from default Client Settings.

Note: To take advantage of new Configuration Manager features, you must first update clients to the latest version. While new functionality appears in the Configuration Manager console when you update the site and console, the complete scenario isn’t functional until the client version is also the latest.

How to Enable New Software Center in SCCM

To enable the new Software Center, launch the configuration manager console, click on Administration > Overview > Client Settings. Right-click the client settings (default or custom), click Properties. In the Computer Agent settings, you will find a new setting called “Use new Software Center“. By default, the setting is set to No. Set it to YES to enable new software center.

How to Enable New Software Center in SCCM
How to Enable New Software Center in SCCM

After you enable the new Software Center, click Customize to see all the customization options available. On the Software Center Customization window, you get to specify the following:

The below branding options are completely optional but when you configure it, your Software Center looks really nice.

New SCCM Software Center Customization Options
New SCCM Software Center Customization Options

New SCCM Software Center Experience

After you have enabled the new Software Center option in the client settings, on the computers the client policy will be updated. You can modify the client policy polling interval time in SCCM which defines how frequently client computers checks and download new client policy.

Once your client computers have downloaded the new policy, the old software center will be replaced with new version. If you don’t see the new Software Center UI, you can manually initiate a Machine Policy Retrieval & Evaluation Cycle on your client.

Now on your computer, launch the Software Center. You can also use the shortcut command softwarecenter: to launch the Software Center client on your computer.

The below screenshot shows the new version of SCCM Software Center client on the Windows 11 PC. You can notice that the new Software Center is very different from the old one in terms of look and experience.

The new version of Software Center has got many other options and a new option called Device Compliance, this is not for Compliance Settings (DCM) it’s for Conditional Access scenarios.

When you enable new Software Center in SCCM, the Software Center client (SCClient.exe) is located in the following path: C:\Windows\CCM\ClientUX.

New SCCM Software Center Experience
New SCCM Software Center Experience

Conclusion

I hope this article helped you to enable new Software Center in Configuration Manager. The new Software Center allows you to change the branding of Software Center to include your organization’s name, colors, and logo. Configure which default tabs are visible, and add up to five custom tabs to Software Center and much more. Please let me know your experience with the new Software Center and if you have any questions or suggestions, leave them in the comments below.

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9 Comments

  1. Avatar photo Luis Pablo says:

    Hola, tengo SCCM2016 y no me actualiza el estado actual de las aplicaciones del centro de software.
    Una vez que instalo una aplicación a través del centro de software, yo procedo a eliminar manualmente dicho software. Al acceder de nuevo al centro de software e indicar que quiero instalar dicha aplicación, me indica que ya esta instalada.

  2. Hi Prajwal,
    I cannot see the option “Use new Software Center” under Computer Agent, nor Software Center installed on the client… How can I make that option available so I can install Software Center?

    Thanks in advance! ^^

  3. Hi,

    I have the problem, that no application is visible in new softwarecenter which is deployed to User Collection. Any Idea?

  4. Avatar photo Pedro Duarte says:

    Hi Prajwal,

    I am having a strange issue clients have the advertised software installed on their machines but they still get the icon saying new software is available on software centre.
    And when they check says new but its already installed?
    How can I fix this?

    Thanks 😀

  5. Avatar photo Emil Skibsted says:

    Is there any parameter you can add so it is set under the client install? We experience that after a TS has finished it takes a while before the old SWC changes to the new UI…

  6. Avatar photo Eden Oliveira says:

    Hi Prajwal, thanks for all this content, really appreciated.

    Just a question regarding the New Software Center 1606 on the client. Does this new software center works only on windows 10? I am asking because I have changed the Custom Client Settings policy which contains windows 7 and windows 10, but none of my windows 7 got the new software center, they did get the new SCCM Client version though. Thanks

    Eden

    1. The new software center should be enabled by default on both windows 7 and windows 10. I hope you have enabled new software center ?.