Software and Hardware
The Windows Service for laptops and desktops has been developed for use by all members of the University.
From the 5th September all new machines will be made available with Windows 10
Included on the new service:
- Remote Working Client (pre-installed on laptops IT Services website)
- Internet Explorer for browsing internet, intranet and Learn Server. Edge and Chrome are provided as alternate browsers
- Email via Outlook and web access.
- Microsoft Office 2016 including Visio and Project 2016
- Access to Corporate Information Services Portal
- Automatically updated antivirus software
- Encryption on all laptops
- OneDrive for Business
- Jabber Client
- Additional applications via Software Centre
To see a Microsoft video (Windows 10 - Beginners guide) please use this Link
The service provides consistent and cost-effective access to the central University networked teaching and learning system, corporate systems and other resources for University business. Including:
- Remote Working Client (pre-installed on laptops and downloadable from IT Services website)
- Internet Explorer for browsing internet, intranet and Learn Server
- Email via Outlook and web access.
- Microsoft Office including Visio and Project
- Access to Corporate Information Services Portal
- Automatically updated antivirus software
- Media Player
- Sun Java Client
- Optional applications
Your settings and documents move around with you
Documents, Internet Explorer favourites and your theme settings move around with you making it easier to move between managed PCs.
64-bit operating system
The Windows 7 build is 64-bit, providing better memory management.
Microsoft Office Version
Windows 7 has been rolled out with Office 2010 but this will be discontinued once we release Office 2016. A link to online guides for Office 2016 is on the Office 2016 page
Contact your local IT staff or the IT Service Desk if you require further help and support.
Do not attempt to install Antivirus software, Microsoft Office, or any of the software already included in the service.
To reduce power consumption, ensure that computers are switched off every night and at the weekend. However, we understand that sometimes long computer simulations are run, so not all users will be able to switch off.
Portable computers and laptops must be regularly connected to the internet to ensure that the system is kept up to date. Some critical updates require you to connect to the campus network.
If you don’t connect to the Loughborough network for a period of more than four weeks, you will need to contact your local IT support person or IT Services when you return.
Best Practice Guide
- When your computer is not in use for a long period of time, such as weekends and overnight, power down. We understand that sometimes long computer simulations are run, so not all users will be able to switch off every weekend.
- When your computer is not in use for a short period of time, "lock" the computer. Standby/Sleep mode is preferred, if available, as it saves power.
- To enter "Stand by" mode, select Start then click the arrow button next toShut Down, select Sleep. Windows XP - select Start then Shut Down, and then select Stand by from the drop-down list and click OK. When you return, press the power button, then Ctrl+Alt+Del, then enter your password and the computer screen will return as you left it.
- To "lock" the computer, press the Windows key and L at the same time. When you return, press Ctrl+Alt+Del, then enter your password and the computer screen will return as you left it.
This will stop anyone seeing anything they shouldn't or using your computer to do something they shouldn't. A screen saver with a password is not a secure alternative. Remember, according to the Acceptable Use Policy:
The user is personally responsible and accountable for all activities carried out under their username.
- When editing documents, spreadsheets etc. save your changes regularly (automatic recovery settings save your work every 10 minutes by default).
- Documents and Favourites are saved on networked storage so are centrally backed up.
- Your passwords must be kept secure:
- Do not write passwords on a piece of paper.
- Do not divulge your password to anyone other than trusted IT support staff.
- You must adhere to current password policy and advice. Advice on what constitutes a good password may be obtained from the IT Services Web pages.
Remember, according to the Acceptable Use Policy:
The user is personally responsible and accountable for all activities carried out under their username. The password associated with a particular personal username must not be divulged to any other person, other than to designated membersof IT staff for the purposes of system support...
In particular, passwords used must adhere to current password policy and practice. Advice on what constitutes a good password may be obtained from IT Services Web pages. This advice must be followed: failure to do so may be regarded as a breach of this policy.
Laptops / Portable computers and working off campus
There are particular areas where you can lose security which apply particularly to laptops and working off-campus:
Security of Equipment off-campus
Equipment and media taken off the premises should not be left unattended in public places. Portable computers should be carried as hand luggage and disguised when traveling.
Mobile computing facilities should also be physically protected against theft especially when left, for example, in cars and other forms of transport, hotel rooms, conference centres and meeting places. Equipment carrying important, sensitive and / or critical business information should not be left unattended and, where possible, special locks should be used to secure the equipment.
Manufacturers' instructions for protecting equipment should be observed at all times, e.g. protection against exposure to strong electromagnetic fields.
Adequate insurance cover should be in place to protect equipment off site.
Security from Viruses etc. and ensuring Patches are applied
Laptops and Portable computers must be brought in to the University and connected to the University network, or be connected to the Internet regularly. Connecting to either the University network or the Internet will ensure that your antivirus updates are kept up-to-date.
Laptops and Portable computers must be brought in to the University and connected to the University network reasonably regularly. They must also be re-booted while connected to the University regularly, as patches are only applied on startup. Rebooting or starting up while connected to the University network will ensure that your patches are kept up-to-date.
If for any reason you are unable to connect to the University network for longer than four weeks, please contact your local IT support person or IT.Services@lboro.ac.uk or telephone 01509 222333 on your return (so that the antivirus updates and patches can be manually installed) before you connect to the network.
Security of data off-campus
You should look at the data you are using and determine its security requirements, e.g. is it confidential? Suitable controls should be applied as appropriate, e.g. lockable filing cabinets, and a clear desk policy. You also have obligations under the Data Protection Act, in particular:
Data subjects (that is persons about whom [information relating to an identifiable living individual] is held) may also sue for compensation for damage and any associated distress suffered as a result of ... unauthorised disclosure of, or access obtained to, data..
Windows 7 - What's New
Windows 7 - What's New at Loughborough University
Documents and Internet Explorer Favourites are now redirected to your individual workspace. Your workspace is regularly backed up, making your work related documents safe and secure. Your computer will also store local copies on the hard drive so that you can continue to work off campus. Any changes made while off campus will be copied to the network when you reconnect to the University network.
An advantage of your Documents and Favorites being on the network is that they will follow you between computers, including computer labs.
Desktop preferences, including colour schemes, can also be made to follow you between computers, this may be of particular use to those with visual impairments. For more information and instructions see 'Setting up your desktop preferences to follow you wherever you log in on campus - Roaming Display Preferences
Individual workspace network storage quota will be set to 2GB and upgradable up to 5GB on request. You can request an increase from the default 2GB to 3GB by e-mailing our Service Desk. Requests for more storage will be dealt with on a case by case basis where there is a business need. If your need a large individual workspace to discuss your quota requirements with your Local IT representative or IT Services on IT.Services@lboro.ac.uk or telephone 01509 222333.
This is an area located on the hard drive where non-work related files can be saved. This folder will not be backed up. If you would like to back up your personal files you will need to do this yourself on external media or a USB stick.
You will find the folder accessible from the Favourites section in Windows Explorer.
Updates and patches are required to keep the operating system up-to-date and secure. You will be notified about longer updates that require more processor usage or require a reboot, allowing you the option of when to run them. Smaller updates and patches will execute behind the scenes and will not force a reboot enabling you to use your machine with unexpected interruptions.
Some staff occasionally need to perform tasks which require administrator rights on their PC, for example installing custom software or connecting to a home printer. In such circumstances your line manager or Local IT Staff can request an "-extra" account on your behalf. This will provide you with a separate username and password which can be used when Windows prompts you to allow administrative changes. These accounts will have limited functionality and should not be used to log directly in to your computer. If you forget, or need to reset, your -extra password this can be done via IT.Services@lboro.ac.uk or telephone 01509 222333.
BitLocker is an optional feature that can encrypt your hard drive to secure sensitive and private data. For more information please see the Data Encryption Tab above.
Windows 7 will be preconfigured to use the Eduroam wireless network. This is an international education wireless network, allowing you to connect at any participating institution. For more information see:
Windows 7 has a default File and Folder compressor/decompressor which only handles zip files. If you use other compressed or archived files types other than zip, 7zip is available. 7zip is an open source windows utility for manipulating archives.
Frequently Asked Questions
The webpages pointed to below are a great resource and will answer further questions you may have about Windows 7 and Windows 10. Useful Microsoft resources:
Yes, where it is required for work purposes. Increased access rights (known as Extra accounts) may be granted where there is a genuine requirement, at the discretion of your Local IT Staff, Line Manager and IT Services. The extra account will look like username-extra.
For more information see the 'Whats New at Loughborough University' Tab above
- Click on the Start button
- In the Search box type \\printers
- A window is displayed with a list of the networked printers available
- Double click on the printer you would like to install
Under the folder re-direction system, Documents are now stored in your individual network location (formerly known as the U drive). This means that changes made on one computer should be seen from any other computer using the same location.
So that you can continue to work if the network is not available, a copy of these files is held on the local drive. You can manually opt to "Work offline", or you will automatically move to "Work offline" when the network location cannot be reached. In addition, windows may silently move to "Work offline" when the connection to the network location is temporarily slow – this is by design so that you do not suffer from slow performance. In all these cases, next time you go back online (e.g. you re-connect to the University network at full speed), the changes made to the local copy will be synchronised back up to the network.
The fact that changes made on one computer are sometimes not reflected when you move to another computer has been noted, particularly by users with more than one computer working in different roles (for example Wardens). This is because the computer has silently moved to "Work offline" mode and has not yet gone back online to synchronise the changes. IT Services recommend that wherever possible staff work from one primary computer, where they need to move between locations they should have a laptop. If this is not possible and it is essential that files are available from another location, users should ensure that they manually synchronise their files to the network.
To manually synchronise the files, right click on Sync Centre in the notification area and select Sync All.
Synch Centre icon
1. In the Search box type Run
The Run application is displayed in the search results under Programs.
2. You can click on Run to execute it or right click on it to create a shortcut to your desktop.
3. You can also use the Search box as a Run box by following the steps below:
- Click on the Start button
- In the search box type your cmd line i.e. \\internal
- To see the I drive.
BitLocker is an optional feature that can encrypt your hard drive to secure sensitive and private data.
The Windows 7 Service allows staff and students to set up display preferences on one computer and have those follow them to all other computers on the service. This will be of particular use to those with visual impairments who require high contrast colour schemes or different font sizes.
1. Right click on the desktop and select Personalize.
2.You can select one of the built-in themes which may suit your needs, or may provide a starting point for further customisation. If you wish to change advanced settings select Window Color at the bottom of the window.
3. Select Advanced Appearance settings... link. Once you have finished click Apply and OK
4. When you have finished setting your preferences click on Save changes button. To save it as a customised theme select Save theme to the right and give the theme a name.
5. Right click on your new theme and select Save theme for sharing.
6. Save the theme to your Documents area with the filename myprefs.themepack.
You must use this name for the settings to apply on other computers.
7. This saved theme will be applied whenever you log on to a computer using the Windows 7 Service. You can make changes and re-save the theme at any time.
Accessibility - Labs and Staff Windows 7 Managed Service
The Windows 7 Service allows staff and students to set up display preferences on one computer and have those follow them to all other computers on the service.
This will be of particular use to those with visual impairments who require high contrast colour schemes or different font sizes. Changing the colours may also be of use to those with dyslexia.
Setting up and saving your display preferences
Right-click the desktop, select "Personalize"
Right click on the desktop and select Personalize
Save theme for sharing
Right click on your new theme and select Save theme for sharing
Save in "Documents" with name "myprefs.themepack"
Save the theme to your Documents area with the file name myprefs.themepack
You must use this name for the settings to apply on other computers
It is important that your antivirus software is kept up to date. This should happen automatically, between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. each day.
If your computer has not been connected to the network and has missed an update, it will automatically perform the update next time you switch it on when connected to the University network.
Portable computers must be regularly and reasonably frequently connected to the University network.
E-mail coming in to the University is automatically scanned for viruses, and that the DAT files which identify viruses in the e-mail system are automatically updated every three hours.
This still does not guarantee that an e-mail does not contain a virus - the virus may have spread to us before the DAT file entry has been designed to exclude it.
To protect against viruses, we have installed antivirus software with each Windows computer. It, too, must update its DAT files to keep itself up-to-date with the latest list of viruses.
Users of laptops in particular may wish to manually force an update of their DAT files (particularly when they return to work after an absence or holiday).
Users may also wish to check which version of the DAT file they are using and which version of the DAT file is the latest.
- Find the shield with a "V" icon (VirusScan On-Access Scan is Enabled) in the "System Tray" - the area of Windows Task Bar at the bottom of your screen at the far right.
- Right-click it.
- From the pop-up menu select About VirusScan Enterprise....
- The screen will show the version of the DAT file as Virus Definitions, and the version of the Scan engine, which changes less often, and the version of the software, which changes very rarely. Check the Created on date, ensure that it is a recent date.
- Click OK to close the program.
If your computer is not updating the virus update automatically please contact your Department's IT representative.
We provide a mailing list to notify you when a new DAT file has been released by McAfee. This list usually has at least one message a day, sometimes more.
There will be about a 12 hour delay from the DAT file being released by McAfee until it is available on campus. This is to allow for testing and the transfer of the files.
To subscribe to the DAT file list, you should send an e-mail message toMajordomo@lists.lboro.ac.uk containing the single line:
in the main body of the message.
Further details regarding mailing-list subscription are available.
If you have any problems, please contact the IT Services Service desk who will be happy to advise further.
You may wish to manually scan for a virus, perhaps because you suspect that your computer is infected, or perhaps because IT Services or your Department IT representative may ask you to.
1. Find the V Shield icon in the system tray.
2. Right-click it.
3. From the pop-up menu select On-Demand Scan....
4. Select the Item you wish to scan in the Scan Locations tab.
5. Click the Start button.
6. The On Demand Scan Progress window will appear and show the status of the scan.
7. Hopefully, when the scan is complete, no viruses will have been detected.
If this is the case, close the program. Otherwise, follow the on-screen instructions.
Data Encryption on Windows 7 Windows BitLocker
What is Bitlocker?
BitLocker Drive Encryption is a full disk encryption feature included with the Windows 7 desktop operating system. Encryption is a way to enhance the security of a message or file by scrambling the contents so that it can be read only by someone who has the right encryption key to unscramble it. For example, if you purchase something from a website, the information for the transaction (such as your address, phone number, and credit card number) is usually encrypted to help keep it safe.
Bitlocker is designed to protect data by providing encryption for entire volumes. It also helps prevent a thief running a software hacking tool from breaking Windows 7 file and performing offline viewing of the files stored on the safeguarded drive.
How do I encrypt my Windows 7 Machine with Bitlocker?
IMPORTANT NOTE: Before encrypting your Windows 7 Machine IT Services recommend that a Full System Backup is taken beforehand. It is also essential that the BitLocker Recovery Key is saved to a safe and secure location. If you lose your recovery key and BitLocker "Locks" there is no way to unlock the system without the recovery key. For assistance contact your Departmental Installer or IT.Services@lboro.ac.uk or telephone 01509 222333.
Bitlocker is disabled by default. In order to allow the machine to be encrypted the Departmental Installer will need to contact IT Services who will initiate the process. Once this has been done the requestor will receive an e-mail with the necessary instructions to encrypt the machine. We recommend that the instructions are read before anything is done.
IMPORTANT NOTE: During the encryption process a Bitlocker Recovery Key should have been generated. It is essential that the BitLocker Recovery Key is saved to a safe and secure location.
Useful Links and Information for the Windows Service
- Office 2016: Information on installation and help guides
- OneDrive for Business and File Sharing: Infomation on OneDrive for Business and workspaces
- VPN client for off-campus access: Getting set up on VPN and Remote Working Portals
- eduroam wifi for visiting other academic institutions: Getting connected elsewhere
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