Windows Virtual Desktops for Students

What is it?

A Windows Virtual Desktop is a way for students to access a Windows desktop environment (including Microsoft Office applications) from any type of computer - Chromebook, Macbook, iPad, etc. This is a good option if you need to use Microsoft Office desktop products for your course, but you do not own a Windows computer

How do I access it?

  1. Go to this link:
  2. Type in your e-mail address (include "")
  3. Log in with your myHancock credentials
  4. Click on the "SessionDesktop" icon
  5. Select whether you would like to use your microphone or printer in the remote desktop. It is recommended to let it use your clipboard and to enable file transfers. Click "Allow"
  6. Log in one more time with your myHancock username and password

Where should I save my work?

The best option is to set up OneDrive when you log into the virtual desktop. This will allow you to access your saved files from anywhere. Typically, files that you save on your virtual desktop will stay there even when you log off, but you should always back up your work to another location.

How do I print?

  1. When you log into the virtual desktop, make sure you have selected the check box to allow your remote computer to access your printer.
  2. When you are on the page you would like to print, go to "Print", and select the "Remote Desktop Virtual Printer."
  3. By printing, it will save a PDF to your local machine
  4. From here, you can print the PDF like you would any other document on your computer.


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