Microsoft windows

Getting Windows License

You can get a license for windows via the Microsoft Imagine program — but read the terms and conditions carefully before you start.

Standard desktop computers (bought from HP by UNSW) often already have an active Windows license.

Installing Windows

  1. Please back up any data on your computer before you start, in case you make a mistake while installing.
  2. If you have a desk in the building, we can loan you a copy of the installation media to install Windows. If you're a coursework student, you can download it yourself from the Imagine Webstore.
  3. Have your license key ready before you start to install Windows.
  4. Once you have a bootable USB key ready to use, plug it into your computer and restart to boot from it.
    Press F9 st start up to choose a boot device on HP computers; the key for other manufacturers can vary. If in doubt, ask google.


  • If your computer has both an SSD and an HDD, we recommend you install Windows on the SSD for best performance.
  • If possible, we recommend deleting all existing partitions on the drive and starting fresh.
  • For extra security, consider using a standard user account for your day to day work, instead of an administrator one.
  • We strongly recommend you do not boot two different operating systems on your computer. Instead use run a second operating system as a virtual machine (eg: VMWare) rather than dual-booting.

Running Windows

Getting Windows Applications

UNSW has a range of licensed software available for Windows, including Office 365, Adobe Acrobat and Matlab.

Symantec Antivirus is also available, and we strongly recommend that you install it.

Windows Updates

Please make sure you turn automatic updates on, and keep your machine up to date with the latest patches.

Unpatched computers are an active security risk, and we may disconnect machines from the network if they're not kept up to date.

Network file shares and printing

You can connect to your CSE and UNSW home directories and the various printers throughout the building.

Connecting to Linux servers

If you need to run software on the login servers or other linux machines, see Logging in with SSH.

Last edited by robertd 12/06/2018

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