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 2019 (installed via the Office 365 portal)
  • Google Drive File Stream
  • Google Chrome
  • Anti-virus software (refer to the section directly below)

To install these essential software packages refer to the linked guides below. Please note: these links will direct you to the Villa Moodle site (current College email address and password required to access).

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.

Labeling 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.

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.