• What's new in Windows 10 FAQs

    All managed PCs across the University have been upgraded to Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 2016, including teaching rooms and open access spaces.

    Alongside the new operating system, University software can be accessed using the new application portal called AppsAnywhere. Search and save your favourites from 100's of applications. Look for the AppsAnywhere logo on the start menu, desktop or open up Chrome. 

    All new staff PCs and laptops will be delivered with Windows 10 and MS Office 2016.


    Managed PCs in teaching rooms and open access spaces 

  • Software can be accessed using the new application portal called AppsAnywhere. Search and save your favourites from 100's of applications. 

    Look for the AppsAnywhere logo on the start menu, desktop or open up Chrome. 

    AppsAnywhere logo

    Double click the Log Off icon on the desktop.

    Windows 10 log off button

    Or, click the Start menu, right-click on account name, then choose Sign out.

    To access all Drives, including USB, hit the start menu and select 'File Explorer' (this list is alphabetised). The window that opens will have your available Drives in the left hand menu. 

    IT Services offer self paced tutorials for all and classroom training for staff and postgraduate students.

    Windows 10 Support from Microsoft


  • Staff PCs

    All new staff PCs and laptops will be delivered with Windows 10 and MS Office 2016. 

  • Click on the Windows icon in the taskbar to display the Start menu.

    You can also search Windows and the web from the search box in the taskbar to find help, apps, files, settings.

     Windows 10 search box

    More on search and help

    Edge replaces Internet Explorer as the Windows web browser.

    Find out about Microsoft Edge

    Most of us use the Chrome browser here at Brookes, and may continue to do so. 

    When File Explorer opens, you'll land in Quick access. Your frequently used folders and recently used files are listed there. Pin your favorite folders to Quick access to keep them close at hand. 

    My Computer is now called This PC, and it won’t show up on your desktop by default.

    What's changed in File Explorer

    OneDrive is cloud based storage hosted by Microsoft that is very similar to the University's supported service - Google Drive. The University does not provide you with a One Drive account.

    • We recommend that you continue to save your files to your faculty/directorate shared drives or Google Drive.
    • If you create a OneDrive account, it will be a personal account, owned by you. The IT Acceptable Use Policy has useful guidance about  storing University documents.
    • If you wish to save your files to Google Drive, you can do this by saving files to a local version of Drive installed on your device, which is synchronised with your University Google Drive.

    Settings and Personalisation:

    • Click on the Windows icon in the taskbar to display the Start menu. Choose Settings.

      Seetings icon
    • Or, in the taskbar, click in the Search box and type ‘control panel’.

    More on settings and personalisation