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Find software on campus

During the coronavirus outbreak the majority of software will be available on the Windows Virtual Desktop platform. Physical Lab PC's left in service will have a base image (details to follow) with access to the Windows Virtual Desktops VIA Remote Desktop Client.



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The following software is available on the Express Windows Virtual Desktop

Windows 10, 7-Zip, Acrobat Reader DC, Microsoft Project, Office 365


In addition to the above software the following software is available on the Virtual Student Desktop (This list will be updated as more applications are added).Please be aware if you need to use Solidworks or Aspen the latest versions are not yet ready but you can still use the versions available from the 2020 desktop for now.


If you need to access any software on the Virtual Student Desktop, once your are logged in to the PC there will be a shortcut on the desktop called "Remote Desktop" click on this and then enter your DS password and then select "Student 21"


Affinity Designer V1.9.2

Maple V2021

Affinty Photo V1.9.2

Matlab R2021a

Affinity Publisher V1.9.2

Microsoft Edge

Anaconda 3 V2021

MiKTex V21.7

Anaesthetised Cat V2.6.2

Minitab V19

ArcGIS Pro V2.5.2

NerveSim V1.2.1

AutoCad V2022 * See Note

NetLogo V6.2.0

Blue J V5.0.1

Neuromuscular Junction Simulation V2.1.9

Chart V5.1.3

Notepad ++ V8.1.4

ChemOffice Suite 2020

NVivo V20.5

CSC Tedds V14

Ornica OcraFlex V11.1

Decision Explorer

Organ Bath Simulation V3.3



EndNote V20

PTC MathCad Prime V7.0

Epilespy Simulation

QGIS V3.16

Etomica (CP523)

R For Windows V4.1.0

FEBio Studio V1.5

Rat CVS V3.3.6

femm V4.2.1

Rhino V6.3.5

FreeFemm ++ V4.9

RStudio V1.4

Gams V35.2

SAGA V7.9.1

Gaussian 09W

Scratch3 V3.2.5

GaussView V5.09

SimCenter Star-CCM + V2020

Genie V3.0


GeoStudio V2021

Stella Professional

Git V2.3.2

Tableau V2021

Google Chrome

TexStudio V3.1.2

Google Earth Pro

Serial Cloner

GPL Ghostscript V9.5.4

Siemens SimCenter STAR-CCM+

Geostudio 2020


Gretl V2021b

Sketchup 2018


Solidworks 2019


Stella Professional

Hummod V1.2.1

Tableau 2020.3


TeXStudio V3.0.1

IBM SPSS Statistics V26

Visual Studio Code

IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition V212

WinSCP V5.19

LimitState GEO V3.6

WinBUGS 14

Software Listed under the SIPBS folder (see below)

Software Listed in SIPBS Folder (continued)

Action Potential Simulation





 Rat Cvs





Running AutoCad on the Windows Virtual Desktop.


There are some minor configuration steps that need to be configured to run AutoCad to run on the WVD

When you launch AutoCAD, it still looks to that original account for some custom settings. Obviously this won’t work, and is why we have seen permission issues.

The solution is to perform a settings reset.


  1. Open the AutoCAD 2022 English folder from the start menu on the WVD
  2. Select the option thats says “Reset Settings to Default”
  3. When you click this, you get a message asking if you want to back up your previous settings. Because the previous settings are the corrupt ones, we don’t want to do this. The users should click “Reset custom settings”

  4. Once complete, you’ll get a message saying that the settings have been successfully reset. The software will then run what AutoCAD call “secondary setup”, which will configure the user profile correctly



You can click here to download software to install on your own computer.

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