This article contains information for University staff only.

If a member of staff requires a Windows laptop for a short amount of time, e.g. an event, they can request one from their administration office. Please note that a laptop may not be available.

Before using a shared Windows laptop as a member of staff it is important to follow these instructions to make sure the applications you want to use are available. Any user logging onto a shared laptop will need a standard University of Portsmouth username and password. Even if the laptop has been used previously by the member of staff, these instructions should be followed to make sure required applications are available.



  1. Use the mains power pack and plug the laptop in. The laptop should be connected to the network using a standard network cable (the type that goes into the back of a desktop PC) or use the University's wireless network (eduroam).
  2. Turn on the laptop, wait for the login screen and login with a standard University username and password. Any PhD students must login to the laptop with a staff account; using a student account will mean all applications are lost when logging off.
  3. Once logged on make sure all the required applications are launched through AppsAnywhere.
  4. These applications will stream to the laptop. To check that this has completed open the Cloudpaging Player, either through the Start menu or from the System tray on the bottom right of the screen (see this article on AppsAnywhere for further guidance). If the application is available it will have a status of Ready or Running.
  5. On AppsAnywhere locate the required applications in turn. Select More Info  Delivery Method  Restrictions and ensure that the application would work at the location you are visiting.
  6. Follow the Information Security Advisory for Shared Laptops - Staff.

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