Windows Virtual Desktop

This service has been provided in order to give access to certain applications that require high specification PCs. You will not be able to use this service if you are not on a course that needs access to it and will be advised by your tutor if this is the case. Certain desktops make use of the SHU AppsAnywhere service in order to distribute applications and should behave as though you are on campus.

Important information

To improve performance, we recommend that you don’t stream music/video or use services which could use a lot of bandwidth while accessing the virtual desktop. We acknowledge that this could be difficult to manage when reviewing offline material from your course, but having limited broadband bandwidth could result in a loss of performance or graphical corruption.

Installing on personal devices

There is a wide variety of clients which can be used on personal devices. To install please visit the Microsoft site for download links and install instructions. Detailed instructions on installing Remote Desktop client on personal PC

Logging into the Windows Virtual Desktop

Configuring the Remote desktop client

Open the client, at which point you will be prompted to subscribe to a workspace. Press ‘Subscribe with URL’ and enter - When the feed of desktops you have access to has been downloaded, you should double-click the desktop you wish to access. When prompted to log in, use your SHU network identity in the format, with the same password as you would use to log into your SHU computer.

Primary uses for WVD

The intention behind the Windows Virtual Desktop is to provide access to the following pieces of software.  Please try and only use this service when you need to access these applications:

Engineering & Product Design Software

Use the Engineering desktop – Access instructions

  • Ansys
  • Abaqus
  • Creo
  • Solidworks
  • Keyshot
  • Matlab

Architecture Software

Use the Architecture desktop - Access instructions


  • Autocad
  • ArcGIS
  • Envi
  • Autodesk Revit 2021
  • Metashape
  • Sketchup Pro

Games & Fashion Design Software

Use the Games desktop - Access instructions

  • 3D Coat
  • Marmoset Toolbag
  • Marvellous Designer
  • Clo3D
  • 3D Studio Max 2021
  • Bitmap2Material
  • Substance Alchemist
  • Substance Designer
  • Substance Painter
  • World Machine