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Did you know that from your home you can use virtual desktop to access your full WVC desktop, including Microsoft Office and the files you saved on campus? Students and faculty may now log in from any computer or mobile device using either a VMware application or a browser. Students in classes requiring specialized software may see additional applications.


Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Who can use virtual desktop? Any WVC student and faculty member.

  2. What software is installed? Microsoft Office 2010, Mozilla Firefox, Adobe Acrobat Pro, and various supporting applications such as Java, Quicktime, Silverlight, and Flash. Student in classes requiring specialized software may see additional applications.

  3. What do I need to use virtual desktop? You need a computer or a mobile device connected to the internet. You will preferably install VMware virtual desktop software on your computer or mobile device (one time installation). Alternatively you can run virtual desktop within a browser (http://mypc.wvc.edu)

  4. Why install VMware software instead of using a browser? It is recommended to install the VMware application if at all possible. It is faster and it supports your device peripherals (ex: USB, speakers, webcam, and local printer). The browser version may serve as a substitute if installing the application is not an option.

  5. How do I download and install VMware? Step-by-step instructions are available on the library website.

  6. What devices does it work with? VMware virtual desktop software works with modern versions of all major workstation and mobile operating systems, including Windows, Windows Phone, Mac, iOS (iPhones and iPads), Android (tablets and phones), and Kindle Fire. Chromebooks must use the browser-based tool.

  7. Will my computer work with WVC virtual desktop? You can install VMware Horizon View client on most computers that were sold in recent years. Check if the operating system of your computer is supported. If your system is not supported you can always try to run virtual desktop within a browser like Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox.

  8. Do I need high speed internet? Yes – The faster your internet is, the better.

  9. How fast is virtual desktop? It's fast - The speed of your virtual desktop can easily exceed the speed of the computer you're using it on. Plus, you can use your Windows 7 desktop on a tablet or smartphone! But, the response time is dependent on the speed of your internet connection.

  10. How do I get help: Contact Helpdesk at 509-682-6550 or email: helpdesk@wvc.edu




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