How to enable the new SCCM 1511 Software Center

Benoit LecoursSCCM7 Comments

SCCM 1511 contains many new features, one of them is the improved Software Center. After installing or upgrading to SCCM 1511, on an updated client you’ll see that the Software Center hasn’t changed.

SCCM 1511 Software Center

This is because the new Software Center is not enabled by default. This blog post will describe how to enable the new SCCM 1511 Software Center.

Some of the main improvements :

  • Possibility to view Users and Device deployments
  • New visual design
  • Device Compliance is now part of Software Center. Don’t get confused, this is not for Compliance Settings (DCM) it’s for Conditional Access scenarios
  • Silverlight is no longer a requirement

Enable the new SCCM 1511 Software Center

The new Software Center is enabled through SCCM Client Settings. To enable the function and deploy it to your machines :

  • Open the SCCM Console
  • Go to Administration / Client Settings
  • Create a new Client Settings or modify the one your using. For this post i’ll create a new one
  • In the right pane, select Computer Agent

SCCM 1511 Software Center

  • On the left, under Computer Agent, you’ll see Use new software Center, select Yes, click OK

SCCM 1511 Software Center

  • Right-click the Client Settings you just created and select Deploy
  • Select the collection that contains the systems you want to enable

SCCM 1511 Software Center

  • Initiate a Machine Policy Retrieval & Evaluation Cycle on your client

SCCM 1511 Software Center

  • After a couple seconds, the SCCM 1511 Software Center will be displayed

SCCM 1511 Software Center

The installation directory of the new SCCM 1511 Software Center is C:\Windows\CCM\ClientUX

SCCM 1511 Software Center

 

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7 Comments on “How to enable the new SCCM 1511 Software Center”

  1. Is there a way to change the view from icons to details or list like file explorer? I find the icons to be too big and bulky

    1. Not as we speak but the product team is aware of this and it will be addressed in next versions.

      1. Here is a fix?

        The question I have to ask is after going to the trouble of creating a better SC, why did they diverge from standard Windows program GUI guidelines. The interface should at the very least remember the view last selected by the user and remember it and/or allow a command-line parameter to change the view, or a registry setting to change the default. Perhaps some usability studies would have been helpful.

        Until then try this autoit script, You can download AutoIT and compile this to an EXE

        It will change the SC to list viewe if it is already open or it will open it and then change it to List view.

        Yes a primitive solution to a dumb problem, but it works.

        ; Increases the delay for WinWaitActive to allow the
        ; The SCClient to populate with Icons and be ready for the sendkeys
        ; Increase
        Opt(“WinWaitDelay”, 5250) ;5250 milliseconds

        Run(“C:\Windows\CCM\ClientUX\SCClient.exe”)

        WinWaitActive( “Software Center” ,””,10)
        Sleep(“5”)
        Send(“{TAB}{TAB}{TAB}{TAB}{TAB}{TAB}{TAB}{TAB}”)
        Send(“{ENTER}”)

  2. Try this:
    http://www.scconfigmgr.com/2015/12/06/enable-the-new-software-center-in-configmgr-1511/
    “When I was playing around with this new setting, I enabled it before the Client Upgrade feature had upgraded all of my clients to 5.00.8325.1000. For some reason when I started Software Center from the start menu, the old Software Center was loaded instead of the new. I reinstalled the ConfigMgr client on one of my clients, but that didn’t help. I then went back to my custom Client Setting where I had first enabled the new Software Center in, disabled it and saved the custom Client Setting. I then enabled it again and saved the custom Client Setting once again, pulled the machine policy on one of my clients, and the new Software Center was now loaded instead of the old. I’m not really sure why this is, but it would seem that the Software Center shortcut is not updated unless the client is running the latest version (5.00.8325.1000).”

  3. Hi Rogier,
    Even we are experiencing the same behavior in our environment. Though the client got upgraded,
    still the Software Center was old. However, i found this folder ClientUX and when opened SCClient it opened the new Software Center.

    It didn’t automatically upgrade the Software Center.

  4. Hi, if i enable this in the client settings and have updated the machine policies and i open the Software Center it will open the one in C:\Windows\CCM\SCClient.exe
    But if i check the C:\Windows\CCM\ClientUX i see the new Software Center is there and works.

    Do you have the same behaivior?
    I expected the old Software Center location would be changed to the new path…

    1. Same issue for me…but only have found 1 server this happened too…..and its my actual SCCM server! I just updated the shortcuts with the new software center. I am following to see what fix may be if I encounter a bigger problem down the road.

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