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Windows Login

What is a Windows login?

A Windows login is a username and password you can use to access the computers here on campus. Computers in classrooms use a generic login that is shared by everyone while computers in offices are generally accessed using an employee's personal login. A personal Windows login allows you to store files and adjust settings without affecting other users.

Who needs a Windows login?

Generally, a Windows login is needed by those employees who have a computer assigned to them, while other employees use a generic login. Adjunct instructors, for instance, use the shared adjunct computers and the generic 'adjunct' login while on campus.

How do I get an account?

A Windows login account can be requested using the Network Access Request Form. Your supervisor can help you fill it out. You must complete the top section and check the box beside 'Windows Login'. Once you and your supervisor have signed the form in the appropriate places, the form should be returned to Chris Grabenstein or Richie Crim at the Middletown Campus. If you have not done so before, you must also complete the Ethics Agreement and return it along with the access form.

How do I login with my account?

At the computer login screen, press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Del] and enter your username and password when prompted. If this is the first time you're logging in, you may be asked to change your password.

How do I change my password?

There are a couple ways to change your password. You can wait until the system prompts you to change it and then simply follow the directions, or you can initiate the change yourself. You may want to do this if you believe someone may have learned your password. To initiate a password change, begin by logging into your computer normally. Once logged in, press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Del]. You will be presented with six buttons; select the button labeled 'Change Password'. In the dialog box that then opens, you will need to type your current password once and your new password twice. Press 'OK' when finished.

How often do I have to change my password?

You must change your password at least once every 90 days. The system will begin prompting you to change it two weeks in advance. If you do not change it before the 90-day limit is reached, you will lose access to your account and must contact the Technical Services Department to have your password reset.

What are the requirements for choosing a password?

A new password must:

  • Not contain all or part of your username
  • Not be the last 24 passwords
  • Be at least eight characters long
  • Contain characters from three of the following four categories:
    • English uppercase letters (A through Z)
    • English lowercase letters (a through z)
    • Numbers (0 through 9)
    • Symbols (!, $, #, %, etc.)

Also, a new password cannot be the same as any of your previous three passwords.

Who do I contact if I can't login?

If you have trouble logging in, please contact the Technical Services Department. In Middletown, we can be reached by phone at 540-868-7044, or you can visit us in person in room 117. In Fauquier, we can be reached by phone at 540-351-1545, or you can visit us in person in room 119.

Why can't I print?

If this is the first time you have logged in at this particular computer, you may need to have a printer configured. Please contact the Technical Services Department. In Middletown, we can be reached by phone at 540-868-7044, or you can visit us in person in room 117. In Fauquier, we can be reached by phone at 540-351-1545, or you can visit us in person in room 119.

Why can't I check my e-mail?
If this is the first time you have logged in at this particular computer, Microsoft Outlook will need configured to access your account. Please contact the Technical Services Department. In Middletown, we can be reached by phone at 540-868-7044, or you can visit us in person in room 117. In Fauquier, we can be reached by phone at 540-351-1545, or you can visit us in person in room 119. In the mean time, you can access your e-mail using Outlook Web Access.
 

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