Software & Apps for your Laptop

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Steps for setting up a new laptop

IMPORTANT! We highly recommend that you read this document before opening your new laptop.  It contains helpful information for setting up a Microsoft account, uninstalling trial software that will impede your laptop’s performance, and installing Microsft365 apps using your student’s school account.

Read the Setup Directions now.

Digital Drop-In July 23, 2024  |  4:00 – 6:00 PM

If you need help installing any of these apps, please stop by PCHS (Door #14) for Digital Drop-in Night. Complete information will be emailed in mid-July and can be downloaded here.

Additional Required Apps

In addition to Microsoft 365 apps (see Tip sheet above), there is more software that needs to be installed!

Below is a list of required software applications to be installed on student devices.  For your convenience, we have included links to the download page.  Email Mrs. Rosanne Grigoletti with questions.

The items indicated with ** should be addressed by ALL students, even returning students who are not setting up their laptop for the first time.  These are important updates and/or new installations necessary for this coming school year.

AppDescriptionDownload available at:
*** Windows Updates
Be sure that your pc is updated with the latest patches and drivers
Applies to ALL student laptops
Directions for Windows 10 & 11
*** Update Microsoft Office software
Always update to get the latest features!
Applies to ALL student laptops
Adobe Reader (or other pdf reader)PDF readerGet Reader
Be sure to UNcheck the options for installing McAfee or other software
Antivirus - WindowsMicrosoft provides free anti-virus software called Windows Security; already installed on new devicesMore info
AudacityAudio recorder and editorSourceForge
BitDefenderFree malware removal toolDownload page
ChromeGoogle's browser; required for certain sites and appsGoogle
Java Needed for Phet simulations in Science ClassesDownload page
Microsoft Teams
Desktop app used for ALL classes for assignments & activity Download Page
Be sure to choose the option "Teams for work or school"
QR Code ReaderCodexDownload from Microsoft Store
TiNspire cacluator softwareRequired for ALL math students:
Software license number is included in the package with your newTiNspire calculator. Be sure to keep that documentation!
Download page
VLC PlayerMultimedia player, format converter and moreVLC download page

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