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Staff and Postgraduate Research students

Workarea desktop PCs are open for use to anyone who is a member of the University.

The experience you have when you use a Workarea desktop will depend on whether you are a taught postgraduate, staff or a research postgraduate, and whether your department and you have been migrated to the Managed Windows 7 desktop.

  • Taught postgraduates - the desktop experience will be the same as that of an undergraduate student.
  • Staff and research postgraduates already migrated to Windows 7 in their department - the desktop experience will be broadly the same as a student with one or two important differences:
  1. You can login with your usual username and password.
  2. Your H: and M: drives will be available and this is where you should save important data.
  3. You can print.
  4. You can use built in applications such as Internet Explorer 9 and Microsoft Office 2010.
  5. You will NOT be able to see the applications in the “IT Services Delivered Applications” folder that are available to students and taught postgraduates. You will be able to see the applications in “IT Services Delivered Applications” folder that are available to you on your own PC.
  6. You will be able to see the applications in the 'Get More Apps...' link inside the “IT Services Delivered Applications” folder that are available for installation on workarea desktop PCs. You will NOT be able to see applications in the 'Get More Apps...' link inside the “IT Services Delivered Applications” folder that are available to you on your own Managed Windows 7 desktop PC.

  • Staff and research postgraduates who have not been migrated to Windows 7 in their department - you can login and use a workarea PC, but there are some significant differences when compared to a user already using a Managed Windows 7 desktop in their department
  1. You can login with your usual username and password.
  2. You will NOT have a H: or M: drive (a message will pop-up when you login to warn you about this). You can connect to your H: or M: drive using MyFiles or you can save files to a folder you create on the C: drive, but these are not retained. You MUST ensure that you save your files in a safe place. IT Services cannot recover data lost from the use of a workarea desktop.
  3. Because the profile is created locally you cannot access your normal.dot, e.t.c. from your old XP desktop, and as a result a new one will be created each time that you login to a workarea desktop. This profile is not saved to the network so will not update the one you use when you login to your old XP desktop and will not be available to you the next time you login to a workarea desktop.
  4. You can print.
  5. You can use built in applications such as Internet Explorer 9 and Microsoft Office 2010.
  6. You will NOT be able to see any applications in the “IT Services Delivered Applications” folder.
  7. You will be able to see the applications in the 'Get More Apps...' link inside the “IT Services Delivered Applications” folder that are available for installation on workarea desktop PCs.

Please Note:

Outlook is NOT avavilable on workarea desktop PCs. To access e-mail please use webmail.

Profiles are created locally on workarea desktop PCs. This means that any information stored in them is visible to anyone who logs in.