Aalto Windows

This page describes the Aalto centrally-managed Windows computers, where login is via Aalto accounts. If you have a standalone laptop, some of this may be relevant, but for the most part you will access your data and Aalto resources via Remote Access.


This page is still under development.


In the Aalto installations, login is via Aalto account only.

  • accounts
  • login/upgrades

Initial setup

Full disk encryption

TODO: Aalto instructions

Note, that on standalone installations, you can do encryption by searching “TrueCrypt” in programs - it is already included.

Remote usage



This section details built-in ways of accessing data storage locations. For generic ways of accessing, see Remote Access. For Aalto data storage locations, see Data storage and <no title>.

(project, archive, scratch, home mainly)

You can store local data at C:\LocalUserData\User-data\<yourusername>. Note that this is not backed up or supported. For data you want to exist in a few years, use a network drive. It can be worth making a working copy here, since it can be faster.


Aalto software

There is a Windows software self-service portal which can be used to install some software automatically.

Installing other software

To install most other software, you need to apply for a workstation admin (wa) account.

Common problems