Windows Computers

Windows computers at the Faculty are equipped with Microsoft Windows 10. Older versions of Windows are no longer supported.


Every University employee associated with the mathematics department can log in at our Windows computers with his/her u:account.

Temporary Access to a Windows Computer

If you need temporary access to a Windows computer, there's one in the common room on the third floor. Please feel free to use it.

Standard Software

Software updates (and newly ordered software) are installed automatically. The standard installation contains the following software:

  • 7 Zip
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • GeoGebra
  • Gimp
  • Irfan View
  • Java 2 Runtime Environment
  • KeePass
  • Libre Office
  • McAfee VirusScan
  • MikTeX
  • mobaXterm
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Mozilla Thunderbird
  • Notepad++
  • PuTTY
  • Sumatra PDF
  • TEXnicCenter
  • ucloud
  • VideoLAN VLC
  • WinPython
  • WinSCP
  • WinShell

Additional Software Packages

Most non-free software (Office, Mathematica, Matlab, ...) has to be ordered in the self-service portal.

A list of available software packages can be found here. If you want to have any of these packages installed on your desktop/notebook (in addition to the standard installation):

Administrator Account

On managed notebooks we add a local administrator account for you, so that you can change system settings on your own, e.g. when you're traveling.

If you plan to install additional software, please first check the list of available software packages to see if the product is available for managed installation. If so, please send an email to, so that we add it to the standard installation of your computer. This way you will automatically receive updates and the package will automatically be installed again in case we have to reinstall your computer.

If you misconfigure your notebook using your admin account, please contact In this case we reinstall your notebook. This means that you have to backup your data, since all the data on the notebook will be deleted during the reinstallation process.


Available updates and ordered software will be installed automatically. If you have a notebook, please connect it to the university network (or VPN) at least once a week.

The update procedure works as follows (desktops and notebooks):

  • The computer checks for new updates at boot and then every 3 hours (the download starts within 5 minutes)
  • If you don't want to wait: right click 'Matrix42 Software Depot' icon in the task bar -> 'Check for new approved Software'
  • Installation starts as soon as no user is logged in for 3 hours or when the computer starts up
  • You cannot check if a download is already done, you can only check in the start menu if the software has been installed (but you will see a message during installation)

Additionally, for notebook users:

  • Checking for updates and downloading packages only works in the university network (or VPN)!
  • The VPN client (f5 BIG IP Edge Client) is already installed on your notebook
  • If you are using VPN: the network at home is probably not as fast as the university network, so downloads take longer
  • We cannot back up data which you store on your notebook, you have to do this by yourself on a regular basis!

Further information (ZID)

ZID Manuals: