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Windows

Background

Microsoft Windows is the operating system installed on most computers which we manage. This includes work computers for both employees and students.

This page contains information that can be helpful to know about Windows.

Please also see the software vendor Microsoft's website about Windows:

Keyboard Shortcuts

Some particularly nifty keyboard shortcuts:

Function Shortcut Comment
View Start menu Win
View Desktop Win + D
Switch between the Start menu and all apps First press Win and then “Ctrl” + “Tab”
View Explorer Win + E Starts the program Explorer to access files, folders and documents.
Search for files, documents or folders Win + F
Search everywhere Win + S Can be used for all kinds of searching; both for searching your computer for files, documents, folders and applications, but also for Internet searches.
Choose a presentation display mode Win + P Choose between displaying on screen, projector, or both.
Lock your computer or switch users Win + L Remember to lock your computer when you leave it unattended, even if it is only temporary.

By Win is here meant the Windows key.

A list of all keyboard shortcuts, new and old, is available at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/keyboard-shortcuts.

Transition to Windows 10

Background

Microsoft launches in the summer of 2015 a new version of its operating system called Windows 10. Simply put, this version combines the best features of both Windows 7 and Windows 8 along with other product improvements.

The plan is to gradually introduce this version of Windows on LTH Faculty Office and employee computers at EIT in autumn 2015 and spring 2016.

For the LTH student computer labs and the EIT lab computers, this version of Windows will be introduced during the summer in 2016.

See http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/features for an introduction to the new features in Windows 10.

Time Frame

Computers for Employees

The goal is to successively introduce this new version of Windows at IML, the LTH Faculty Office and EIT during the autumn 2015 and spring 2016.

The goal is to start offering Windows 10 for the computers of employees starting November 1st, 2015.

In addition to Windows 10, the new Office version Office 2016 will also be introduced.

Student Computers

In the LTH student computer environment (computer labs) and the labs at EIT, Windows 10 and Office 2016 will be introduced during the summer 2016.

New Features

Task View

- The Task View icon in Windows 10
- An example of the desktops list inside the Task View

This view displays all windows that are open on the current desktop. An useful function is that you can create extra desktops with different window layouts inside here.

Activity Center

Start Menu

- Looks a bit different, but now it's back. Still contains tiles, which sizes can be changed.

Microsoft Edge

Edge is a completely new browser from Micrsoft, which will eventually replace Internet Explorer. Edge contains some new features but also lacks some other features.

  • Things that do not work:
    • Java – In this case, Java is not at fault, but rather Edge which lacks support for plugins.
  • New features:
    • The ability to select, write on, and take pictures of web pages.

For more information about Edge, please see the page Edge.

Questions and answers

Will my computer have to be reinstalled?

The answer is yes. Your computer will need to be reinstalled completely when the installation of Windows 10 takes place.

If you have something locally saved on your computer, you need to back up this first, otherwise it will disappear during the reinstallation. Exemptions from this is when data is saved under "My Documents" or common network folders, which is safely stored on file servers, and backed up centrally.

If you have locally installed software on your computer, these also need to be reinstalled after your computer is reinstalled.

How do I log in?

You log in the same way as before; with your LUCAT identity.

The first time you log in to a newly reinstalled computer, it takes a little extra time. Have patience!

Can I customize the look of Windows?

The answer is yes. You can customize the appearance of Windows 10, and for example, customize the desktop background, theme and more. The look from the beginning is quite discreet and neutral, but the possibilities to customize the look are extensive. See for example http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/personalization-gallery.

Your existing settings for the desktop background and theme from the earlier version of Windows will not automatically follow with the transition to Windows 10. If you have any favorite backgrounds, you can therefore prepare for the transition by saving them down into an appropriate location in your home directory. If you have an existing favorite theme, you can prepare yourself for the transition by recording what it's called, and find a suitable replacement on the link above.

How do I start an application?

  1. Press the Windows key on the keyboard.
  2. Under “All Apps” you will find a list of all the applications.

Looking for easier ways to start the application in the future? Please see How do I attach an application to the Start menu or How do I attach an application to the task bar.

How do I attach an application to the start menu?

  1. Start by pressing the Windows key on the keyboard.
  2. Under “All Apps” you will find a list of all the applications.
    1. Once you have determined the application you want in the result, you can right click on the icon for the application. Then select “Pin to Start.”
    2. A shortcut for the application has now been placed on the Start menu, so that you can always quickly get to the application shortcut by merely pressing the Windows key.

How do I attach an application in the taskbar?

  1. Start by pressing the Windows key on the keyboard.
  2. Under “All Apps” you will find a list of all the applications.
    1. Once you have determined the application you want in the result, you can right click on the icon for the application. Then select “Pin to Taskbar”.
    2. A shortcut for the application has now been placed in the taskbar at the bottom of your desktop, so you always have quick access to a shortcut to the application.

How do I access Outlook and my e-mail?

The e-mail software Outlook is started in the same way as other applications. Please see How do I start an application above.

The first time Outlook is started on a reinstalled computer, it automatically starts a configuration of the program, and a question of settings appears. Click “Remember” and “Allow”. Do not enter any password. That way Outlook will automatically use the correct password; namely, the one you used for logging into to the computer.

For more information about Outlook, please see the page Outlook.

How do I browse the web?

The browser Edge is automatically set as the default browser starting with Windows 10. The browser Internet Exporer is still installed though and can be started manually if you like. The latter is also true for the browser Google Chrome. The different browsers are started the same way as other applications. Please see How do I start an application? above and use the Windows key to get to the start menu.

Looking for an easier way to start the browser from now on? Please see How do I attach an application on the Start menu or How do I attach an application to the task bar.

For more information about Edge, Internet Explorer, and Chrome, please visit the following pages:

When I browse e.g. www.proceedo.net it will open in a new window, why?

Microsoft Edge is the new web browser in Windows 10 and is the browser that Microsoft recommends nowadays. We have however, for technical reasons, made a setting that makes some specific pages and administrative systems at the University open in Internet Explorer instead of in Edge. This is because Edge does not support plugins, like e.g. Java, that these pages require. These pages and administrative systems will however work in Internet Explorer.

How do I access my files and documents?

The application Explorer, also known as “My Computer”, started in the same way as other applications. See How do I start an application above and use the Windows key to get the start screen. A shortcut to Explorer is in many cases already attached to the Start menu, and you can click this to start the application.

Looking for an easier way to start Explorer? With the key combination Win + E, you can at any time start Explorer.

For more information about Explorer and other folders and network locations, please see the page Explorer.

How do I print?

All printers available should already be installed on your computer. Should you miss any printers, please contact Helpdesk.

Use the appropriate printer depending on where you are. For a list of all the printers and their name and location, see page printers.

Do you want to change the default printer? Access the Start menu and start “Change the default printer”, by beginning to type

Change default pri

and then click on the icon that appears. Right-click the printer you want as the default printer and select “Set as default printer”.

What is an app?

Apps are a new concept in Windows 8 and later. Apps are also available in Windows 10. An app is a sort of mini computer application that, among other things, can be attached to the start screen. The functionality is similar to that found on smart mobile phones.

Can I install apps?

The answer is yes, you can choose to install apps from the online Windows Store. Virtually no apps will be pre-installed on the computer.

The software you need for your work will, as before, be preinstalled on your computer, or installed after you contacted Helpdesk. Apps will however not normally pre-installed, unless it can be justified that they are needed for work. If you feel that you need a special app on your PC, for whatever reason, however, you can manually add this from the Windows Store. If the app is not free you will yourself have to pay for this in the Windows Store. This of course does not apply if the app would be needed for work, but in this case, please contact Helpdesk first, so that requests can be coordinated.

For more information about purchasing apps to your computer, see http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/apps-windows-store-tutorial.

Can I install apps from sources other than the Windows Store?

The answer is no. For security reasons, the installation of apps from sources other than Microsoft's own online store Windows Store is not allowed. The apps available on Windows Store has undergone an examination for potential security vulnerabilities, so they can, in general, often be regarded as safe.

Can I install applications?

The answer is, just as before, as a rule no. A novelty is that now within Windows there will be access to a Self-Service Portal where you can choose to install some software that Helpdesk has put up in advance. You can there choose which of these additional applications you want installed, and choose when to install them, and choose to uninstall them when you no longer want them.

A draft of what could be in self-service portal offering is available at software.

The idea is that offerings in the self-service portal should be increased gradually. Applications placed in the self-service portal requires adaptation to be posted, but if you have suggestions on programs that could be made available in this way, please contact Helpdesk.

Why will some applications no longer be available after the transition to Windows 10?

The transition to Windows 10 requires a review of the supply of software. There is an imminent risk that outdated software will not install or run on the new platform. Some software we know with certainty is not going to work. For these we have arranged alternatives, or will arrange alternatives. Some may be outright replaced with functionality that is built into the new version of Windows. If you have questions about some special kind of software, please see software or contact Helpdesk.

What programs will be available after the transition to Windows 10?

See software. The list is supplemented by hand.

Which programs will no longer be available after the transition to Windows 10?

See software. The list is supplemented by hand.

Which version of Windows 10 is installed?

Windows 10 Education. This version contains everything that Windows 10 Enterprise contains, but is particularily tailored towards schools and higher education. You can find more information about this particular version of Windows on the Microsoft website: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/products/windows/

At the LTH Faculty Office, a Swedish language version will be installed. In the student computer environment, an English language version will be installed.

Support

More help for Windows is also available on LU Support.

More questions? Please contact Helpdesk.

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