Getting started with Windows

Windows 11 is the latest operating system from Microsoft and will be found on the majority of the University's PCs and laptops.

Signing in

  1. If needed, power on the PC or laptop.
  2. The University lock screen will display. Click on the lock screen to start the sign in process.
  3. The sign in screen will display, type in your University username followed by your University password.
  4. Press Enter on your keyboard or select the arrow on your screen to sign in.
  5. Your desktop will be displayed.

Signing out

It is important that you sign out when you have finished using the PC or laptop. If you don't sign out the next user will have access to your files and any services you have logged into.

  1. Select the Start Menu icon which can be found at the bottom left of your screen.
  2. Select the Account icon, a context menu will appear.
  3. Select Sign out.

Shutting down or restarting

If you wish to shut down or restart the machine please follow these instructions:

  1. Select the Start Menu icon which can be found at the bottom left of your screen.
  2. Select the Power icon, a context menu will appear.
  3. Choose to Shut down or Restart the machine.

If you need to leave the PC or laptop you are using unattended, even for a few seconds, it is important to lock the device. If you do not lock the device it would be very easy for someone to access and compromise your network account, files and any online services that you are logged into.

Method 1

  1. Press the Window key and the L key on your keyboard together.
  2. The University Lock screen will appear and your device will be locked.

Method 2

  1. Select the Start Menu icon which can be found at the bottom left of your screen.
  2. Select the Account icon, a context menu will appear.
  3. Select Lock. The University Lock screen will appear and your device will be locked.
  1. Select the Start Menu icon 🪟 or press the windows key on your keyboard. The Start Menu will be displayed.
  2. If the program you require is displayed as a tile, select the tile to open it.
  3. If the program is not displayed as a tile scroll through the All program and applications list and select the program you wish to open.
  4. You can also start typing as soon as the start menu is open to filter all available programs and options. 
  5.  When you have found the program or application, select it to open.

AppsAnywhere

Windows 10 PCs and laptops will have Microsoft Office and a range of Internet browsers already installed. Additional programs and applications are available through the AppsAnywhere store.

  1. Double click the AppsAnywhere shortcut which is located on your desktop.
  2. AppsAnywhere will validate and open.
  3. Use the filters and search facility to locate the program you want to use.

  4. Select the launch button to open the program.

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We recommend that you save your work to your N Drive.

The N Drive is your personal network storage area which you will be able to access from all standard build PC's or Mac's on campus. Your N drive has a 20 GB storage capacity. Your Documents, desktop and user profile is stored on your N drive and will follow you between University computers when you log in. 

  1. To view your N Drive on a University PC, open File Explorer by selecting the File Explorer icon which is located on your task bar.
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  2. File Explorer will open, select you N Drive on the left, your N Drive will be called Username (N). The contents of the drive will appear on the right.

In addition to this storage, you also have access through your to Google Drive, just sign in with the same credentials as your email. Your Google Drive has considerable file storage and is accessible from all University and personal devices.

Allocated devices

University staff are allocated either a desktop or a laptop. These are managed by the University and though you can customise things like your desktop wallpaper and shortcuts, you will not be able to install programs from sources outside of our appsanywhere store. If you believe you need to install a non-standard application, font or piece of hardware, please contact the Service Desk. 

 

Shared devices

When you sign into a University computer, your N drive will automatically connect. Your documents, downloads, desktop and user profile are all stored on your N drive so logging into any computer should look and act the same. However, applications may need to be reinstalled from appsanywhere. 

 Antivirus software

 Antivirus software is used to ensure you are protected by numerous threats on the internet such as malware, viruses and identity theft.

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Microsoft Defender comes as standard with Windows 10/11 and is automatically enabled so no action is required, you are automatically protected.

Windows Security User Guides
 

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Although Apple Macs are less likely to become infected with viruses, there is still a possibility this may occur. Macs can also be vunerable to other threats such as information theft. If you would like to manually scan your mac for malware, you can use free software like Malwarebytes.

macOS offical security pages Malwarebytes for macOS