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Purchasing and Upgrading Software


All Windows and Mac computers purchased within Weinberg are set up by Northwestern IT with a standard software image. This speeds up the setup of new computers and enables the IT staff to re-image a computer when there are complex software problems, preserving all of the user’s data and lowering the time needed to get the computer repaired.

Weinberg College and Northwestern University maintain license agreements for faculty and staff for all software on the Northwestern IT Software Image; faculty and staff do not need to order or pay for this software.

The Northwestern IT Software Image includes the following software:

Windows computers

Mac computers

If you intend to use Windows on your Apple computer, please see our Virtualization Software for Intel Macs page.

Specialized Research Software

Additional specialized software at special Northwestern pricing may be purchased by faculty/staff and installed by Northwestern IT.

Eligible faculty, students, and staff have access to NUworkspace, a virtualized environment that contains a suite of software applications for University work like prototyping, script testing, and interactive workloads.

Different groups across Northwestern offer access to hosted research software. See the Overview of Teaching and Research Resources for more information.

Information about other software purchases is available at NUIT's Software for Faculty and Staff page.

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