Getting Your Software

There are two places for students, faculty and staff to get software:

UIT Software Downloads

The UIT Software Download page provides a variety of software at no charge to students, faculty and staff. Your CougarNet username and password must be entered to download software. To view a list of the software available for you to download, click on your affiliation:

Key Management Server

Past Microsoft software installs required an activation key code in order to use their software. Today, most Microsoft Software relies on the Key Management Server.

KMS activates computers on a local network, eliminating the need for individual computers to have a key code or to connect to Microsoft.

KMS activation requires TCP/IP (Internet) connectivity. By default, KMS hosts and client computers use DNS (Dynamic Name Service) to publish and find the KMS service.

KMS activations are valid for 180 days—the activation validity interval. To remain activated, KMS client computers must renew their activation by connecting to the KMS host at least once every 180 days. By default, KMS client computers attempt to renew their activation every seven days. If KMS activation fails, the client will retry every two hours. After a client computer’s activation is renewed, the activation validity interval begins again.

The UH KMS server will authenticate Windows Vista and Office 2010 and later products. That will include Windows 7 and Office 2010/2013 and other Office add-ons.  Windows server 2008 and other servers can also be authenticated through UHKMS.

You must use UH owned Microsoft products and be on the UH Networks via LAN, wireless or logged into UHVPN service using your Cougarnet credentials.

If you have any questions, contact UIT at Software@uh.edu or call the Help Desk at 713-743-1411.

Cougar Byte

The Cougar Byte, located in the Technology Commons, has over $400 worth of Microsoft software available to you for less than $20 for each title. You only pay for the cost of the CD that contains the software. Here is a list of the Microsoft software available at the Cougar Byte: