New student accounts

Parents of new students commencing at the start of the year will receive their son’s Villanova account details and instructions on activation via email in mid-January.

Students commencing mid-year usually find it easiest to bring their device to the IT Helpdesk on their first school day for assistance with accounts and configuration.

General configuration of a brand new device

We often receive questions about what details should be entered on a brand-new Windows 10 device in the setup wizard displayed when the device is turned on for the first time. A guide has been produced which outlines this process.

Preparing a BYOD laptop for use at the College

All BYOD laptops are required to have a set of “software essentials” installed prior to use at the College. These essentials are:

  • Office 365 ProPlus
  • Anti-virus software (refer to the section directly below)

There is no need to purchase any software, as all required licenses are provided by the College. To install these essential software packages refer to the linked guides below. These guides and software licenses can only be accessed once your son’s account has been activated and he has a current College username and password. All BYOD support information for students and parents is stored within our BYOD SharePoint site and requires secure access via a valid and activated College username and password.

  • BYOD Set-up Guide for Windows 10 laptopsCLICK HERE
  • BYOD Set-up Guide for macOS* laptopsCLICK HERE

*From 2021 the College is seeking to unify its BYOD program as a Windows-only program. If you are purchasing a new laptop in 2021 do not purchase a MacBook or MacBook Pro.

Anti-virus software

Installation of anti-virus software is highly recommended. Some devices may come with anti-virus software pre-installed. There are a number of anti-virus packages that you should consider purchasing and installing, including (but not limited to):

  • Avast
  • AVG
  • BitDefender
  • Sophos Endpoint Protection. Note: this is provided free of charge by the College for all BYOD devices. Please note Sophos is not compatible with parental control software called Qustodio. Click Here to install Sophos EndPoint Protection (requires Moodle sign-in).

Labelling BYOD laptops and STM cases

Parents are advised not to engrave laptops as this may void warranty conditions. We recommend adhering a vinyl/plastic coated label to the outside of the laptop screen with your son’s full name and year level clearly visible.

It is recommended parents also clearly label STM hard cases and any peripherals (pens, USBs, mouses) in the same manner.

Further resources

BYOD change password instructions
Follow these instructions to change/update your College password.

BYOD reset password instructions
Follow these instructions if you cannot remember your password.

How to retrieve your one FREE Windows 10 license
This resource provides steps on how you can retrieve your son’s one free Windows 10 license. This license may be used on your son’s re-imaged Windows laptops, or to run Windows on a Mac (using Boot Camp, VMware Fusion, Parallels, etc).

How to install Windows on a Mac using Boot Camp
This is the official Apple Support article describing the steps and resources required to run Windows on a Mac. Boot Camp helps you install Microsoft Windows on your Mac. After installing, you can restart your Mac to switch between macOS and Windows.