This service describes the available software for UTPA students, faculty, and staff.


For UTPA Computers: Authorized software available to be installed on UTPA owned computers is available by going to the Run Advertised Programs for Windows Computers. This includes software such as Microsoft Office, Bomgar Button (Remote Assistance), Secunia, SPSS Statistics, etc. Software not listed such as Microsoft Project, Microsoft Visio, and Adobe Acrobat must be ordered through the UTPA Purchasing software called “iShop”.

For personal-owned computers: Students, faculty, and staff can purchase software at the UTPA bookstore (not sure if this is still possible?). Students can also download free software from Microsoft’s website.

Hours of Availability

Desktop support is available Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


For UTPA computers running Microsoft Windows, the software is available through the Control Panel (Start Menu/Control Panel) by clicking the "Run Advertised Programs" icon located in the "Programs" category. For UTPA computers running Mac OS X, customer must contact the IT Help Desk at 956-665-2020 to request software installation. IT staff will try to install software via Remote Support whenever possible or make arrangements for an on-site visit.


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Q:Where do I obtain software that is available through the University?
Software can be accessed by going to and clicking on the Bronc Software icon under My Applications.
Q:Are there any requirements to download the software?
You must be a current student (enrolled for the current semester), and have activated you UTPA e-mail account, or you must be a current UTPA employee or staff. After graduation, alumni are no longer eligible to download software from Dreamspark or purchase software from the bookstore. Alumni retain the right to use any software that was downloaded or purchased before graduation.
Q:What is the charge for campus software and how many times am I able to download the software?
The software is free of charge to download for currently enrolled UTPA students. Faculty and Staff can download a copy of Microsoft Windows or Microsoft Office at $9.75 per title. Software is available for download for 31 days after the order is processed.

Students are entitled to install Windows on one computer.
Students can install Office on one desktop computer and one laptop computer for their exclusive use.
Staff/Faculty are entitled to install Windows and/or Office on one personally owned computer.

DreamSpark software titles can be installed on one personal computer for use only
(a) to develop, support, conduct, or take courses, labs, or programs offered by UTPA;
(b) in non-commercial research on UTPA’S behalf; or
(c) to design, develop, test, and demonstrate software programs for the above purposes.
Q:What kind of software is available for download from DreamSpark?
Microsoft DreamSpark provides many titles in the following categories: Developer Tools, Designer Tools, Servers, Desktop Applications, and Training and Certification Tools. Please visit and click on Bronc Software under My Applications for the full list of software.
Q:Can I use Peer to Peer (file sharing) software when I'm on campus?
No. The use of these or other similar programs is being monitored by UTPA and any person caught using them will face disciplinary actions by the University.
Q:Where does a student buy discounted software from?
Software covered under the Microsoft Campus License agreement and DreamSpark are available as free downloads to currently enrolled students. The software can be accessed through by clicking on the Bronc Software icon under My Applications.

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