Virtual Desktop for personal PCs running special applications

Important: You must use DePauwSecure wireless to install and when using Virtual Desktop while on campus.

  1. To use Virtual Desktop, browse to
  2. Click Install VMware Horizon Client.
  3. In the Download VMware Horizon … window, scroll down to the VMware Horizon Client for Windows section, click Go to Downloads, which is located next to the version you need. (Note: To find the number of bits, go to the Control Panel, click Systems → System Properties → System Type.)
  4. In the next window, click on Download.
  5. If a window displays asking whether you want to save the file, click Save.
  6. After the VMware Horizon View Client … downloads, double-click the icon.
  7. If a window displays asking whether you want to run the program, click Run.
  8. When the wizard displays, click Next.
  9. In the license agreement window, click the selection box next to I accept the terms in the License Agreement, read or print the agreement, and then click Next.
  10. In  Network Protocol Configuration, choose the IP Protocol version for your computer, click Next. (Note: To find the IP Protocol version of your computer, go to the Control Panel, click Network and Sharing CenterLocal Area ConnectionsNext.)
  11. In the Custom Setup window, click Next.
  12. In the Default Server window, click Next.
  13. In the Enhanced Single Sign-on window, click Next.
  14. In the Configure Shortcuts window, click Next.
  15. In the Ready to Install VMWare Horizon Client window, click InstallFinish.
  16. If the computer needs to restart, click Restart.
  17. Double-click the VMware Horizon Client icon found on the computer’s desktop or wherever downloaded files are saved on your computer. (Note: It may open automatically.)
  18. In the VMWare Horizon Client window, double-click Add Server.
  19.  For Enter the name of the Connection Server, enter, and then click Connect.
  20. Log in using your DePauw account username and password.
    VMWare Login
  21. Click Public Desktops to start the desktop. Please be patient while Windows opens because it might take a while for this step to complete.
    VMWare Desktop
  22. You can now use the desktop just as you would use a program that has been installed on your hard drive. (Important: When saving your work, you should save it on a flash drive, university network drive or on the Cloud. If you save to the desktop, your work will be erased when the computer restarts.)
    Image of Warning to Not Save on Flash or Cloud
  23. When you are finished using the virtual desktop, click StartLog off.
    Image of VMware Program Access


  • Due to a limited number of seats available to access the virtual desktop, please log off if you will not be using the application within the next 15-30 minutes.

Updated: 2/3/2017