Software & Apps for your Laptop

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Updated 5-12-20

Microsoft 365 – Required on all student devices

Thanks to PCHS licensing with Microsoft, all students are entitled to install the full version of Microsoft 365 on their devices.  It is NOT necessary to purchase Microsoft 365 on your own.

New students will receive login credentials in June/July prior to the BYOD set-up sessions; they should install Microsoft Office prior to the workshop.

Before doing anything else, uninstall Office: Many times, new Windows devices come with a trial version of Microsoft Office already installed.  It is important that you uninstall it & reboot before proceeding.  Directions for uninstalling a program in Windows 10.

  1. Read these directions from Microsoft before continuing.
    You will be using a Work or School account, not a Microsoft account.
  2. Login at with your student PCHS email address and password.
    (This was included in the email we sent parents in late May.  If you have misplaced it, please email us.)
  3. Click on Install Office in the upper right.
  4. Follow the prompts to complete installation.

Switch out of Windows S Mode

If your laptop has Windows S operating system, you will be unable to install any apps unless they are from the Microsoft store.  Therefore, it is necessary to switch out of S mode.    Get the directions from Microsoft.

Learn how to check which Operating System you have.

Additional Required Apps

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.

IMPORTANT!  The items indicated with ** should be addressed by ALL students, even those 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 THIS IS IMPORTANT!
Be sure that your pc is updated with the latest patches and drivers
Directions for Windows 10

Directions for updating macOS
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
ChromeGoogle's browser; required for certain sites and appsGoogle
Clever Browser PluginNeeded for Single-Sign-On using Clever;
Be sure to install for each internet browser
Chrome Plugin

Microsoft Edge Instructions
Java Needed for Phet simulations in Science ClassesDownload page
Logger ProUsed in Science Courses; installation password will be provided by science teacher; Get detailed instructions.
Windows Installer

Mac Installer
MalwareBytesFree malware scannerDowload page
** Microsoft Teams
NEW FOR 19-20
Desktop app for classes whose teacher uses Teams for all class assignments & activity Download Page
TiNspire cacluator softwareRequired for ALL math students:
Software license number is included in the package with your TiNspire calculator. Be sure to keep that documentation!
Download page
VLC PlayerMultimedia player, format converter and moreVLC download page

Programming Language
(Only for certain Science and CSA courses )
Python Download page

Wi-Fi Set-up

When you bring your laptop to school, you will need to do the following tasks.  This cannot be done at home!  Stop by the Tech Office if you need assistance.

  1. Connect to CelticNet Wi-Fi network (You need to do this once and your device should remember the network).
  2. Login to the Barracuda filter   (Use your network login name – not your email address – and password.  You need to do this every day.)

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