Microsoft windows

This page provides information useful if you are running or intend to run a Microsoft Windows operating system at CSE.


Microsoft Windows Operating System installation

University computers

These are computers that have been bought by CSE or UNSW for people to use as work computers.
  • They will have a (CE0xxxx or UNSW 000xxxxx), barcode label somewhere on the computer.

  • If you wish to run Microsoft Windows on a UNSW-owned machine as your primary operating system, then we recommend that you contact CSE System Support as we keep a number of Windows-7 (only) install bundles for our standard machines. These can be useful because they install quickly, have the right hardware drivers and include extra licensed software, including: MS Office, (Symantec) Antivirus, Firefox, Adobe Reader, etc… Mention if you intend installing other more specialist software licensed to UNSW such as Matlab. Such a installation will be covered by the UNSW software site licence, named CAUDIT. The CSE System Support team have the license key and tools to install the image.

    Other installations

    We will not install a CAUDIT copy of Windows in other cases. Such as:
    • on computer not owned by CSE or UNSW
    • as a second operating system
    • in a Mac bootcamp partition
    • in a Virtual Machine
    If you are a CSE student in at least one active course and wish to run Microsoft Windows you can access various versions, including a free license, from the Imagine webstore.

    Software available for Windows operating systems

    For information about software available for Windows, please visit the Available Software FAQ page.

    Useful websites to read before installing Windows

    Being one of the primary Operating Systems in use today, both commercially and domestically, Microsoft Windows is the subject of a vast majority of targeted security compromises, including:hacking, viruses, worms, trojans and malware. In a recent online security report (Kaspersky Lab, 2012), a significant security and anti-virus provider, detected 200,000 new malicious programs every day. There is literally a world of computers out there firing out viruses and trawling for new computers to add to their botnets. At the beginning of 2012 the discovery of Flashback, a 700,000 strong botnet comprised of infected Apple computers running Mac OSX, put and end to the perception of the Mac platform as being invulnerable to exploitation. The important lesson is to become security aware and learn how to secure your CSE computing assets, not only physically, but also through regular operating system security updates, install a good antivirus package and run regular malware checks: be vigilant for unusual activity. Several CSE people have learnt to their cost the price of negligence, the security starts even before you start installing the Operating System by ensure you have a legitimate licensed version of Windows. Once you've installed and completed the Windows update process, the first things you should do are:
    • Create a user account for yourself which you use to login instead of 'Administrator'.
    • Set a secure password: considering password strength.
    • Check Windows update is set to automatically download and install updates from Microsoft.
    • Install and configure anti-virus software: ensure it is setup for automatic updates and regular scans
    • Check the firewall is active; the Windows Operating System (post WinXP-SP1) has an inbuilt personal firewall.
    Some more useful articles you may like to read are included below:

    All Windows versions

    Windows 7

    Windows 8

    Becoming familiar with Microsoft Technet is probably the single best thing you can do (after configuring your firewall and anti-virus software, of course). Technet is full of articles on all imaginable aspects of running Windows and also contains all the Microsoft Security Bulletins.

    Last edited by pmr 11/07/2017

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