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U of A Microsoft Windows

We, in partnership with the Office of the Vice-Provost (Information Technology), offer several University of Alberta editions of Microsoft Windows. These editions include commonly used apps such as Office 2010 Professional Plus, Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010, and Adobe Reader X. They also feature design elements from Marketing and Communications and can be configured with recommended power and security settings.

This undertaking is intended to ease the deployment of Windows by reducing the amount of time required as well as to create a baseline in licensing, user experience, power, and security settings. Our intent is to establish these editiona as the foundation that IT administrators will build upon during their deployment of Windows. U of A Microsoft Windows is distributed by software download, as well as optionally pre-installed on systems from preferred vendors.

At this stage, we would like to receive feedback from the campus IT community. If you are interested in evaluating a copy, please contact the Help Desk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 780-492-9400 for a username and password to download the software.

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Free Protection Software

As of July 31st, 2013 we will no longer be offering F-Secure as our anti-virus software for campus. All University owned computers will run Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection going forward, under our negotiated campus agreement. Students and staff can install Microsoft Essentials, free of charge, as their anti-virus program on personal computers. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any concerns or questions.

Windows XP/Vista/7/8



  • F-Secure offers an anti-virus suite for OSX but it is not covered by the existing site license agreement.  A trial version of the software can be found on the F-Secure website.
  • Apple also provides free guides to enhance OSX security for experienced Mac users.

GlobalSign SSL Certificates

Linux, Mac, Unix, Windows

Through GlobalSign Inc. IST provides faculty and staff accessibility to SSL certificates at no cost for educational use on University of Alberta owned computers. GlobalSign SSL certificates allow full authentication and 256-bit encryption; this level of security establishes a trusted digital infrastructure essential to high-value e-commerce transactions and ensures secure access to applications, communications, and resources. To initiate a certificate download, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Microsoft Key Management Service

We operate a Key Management Service (KMS) to support volume activation of systems connected to the University network.

KMS allows organizations to activate systems within their own network and frees the IT administrator from managing product activations. To remain activated, systems must renew their activation by connecting to the KMS at least once every 180 days. By default, systems attempt to renew their activation every seven days. After a system’s activation is renewed, the activation validity interval begins again.


Supported Software

Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8.1 Enterprise and
Office 2010 Professional Plus.


How to Activate

There are two methods for systems to activate: manual or automatic.

Learn how.



For frequently asked questions about the KMS, find your answers here.