Microsoft Windows Operating System installation
University computersThese are computers that have been bought by CSE or UNSW for people to use as work computers.
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 installationsWe 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
Software available for Windows operating systemsFor information about software available for Windows, please visit the Available Software FAQ page.
Useful websites to read before installing WindowsBeing 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.
All Windows versions
- Microsoft on Understanding security and safe computing
- Microsoft Technet on why you shouldn't login as Administrator (root)
- More tips from a Windows expert on how to run Windows without logging in as Administrator
- Microsoft Technet on Getting Started with Windows 7
- SecurityFocus: A Home User's Security Checklist for Windows
- US-CERT has a number of short, easy to understand articles on setting up firewalls, recognising phishing attempts and other aspects of computer security. These are very introductory and do not include actual configuration details.
- Check out the pages Microsoft has explaining the new software.:- Windows 8: Explore new and improved security features
- Check out the advice from the security software vendors such as Kazpersky:Windows 8 Security Tips
- Another good page of advice from Softpedia: Windows 8 Security
- Norton on Spyware Catch Spyware Before It Snags You
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.