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This is a preconfigured Windows 10 virtual machine created by IS&T in January 2020 and is designed for use only by MIT faculty, staff, and students that need to access selected educational applications.

How to obtain

Download (MIT certificate required)

Download the Virtual Machine
Note: The VM download file is very large, approximately 12 GB.


Install and start your VM



  • Important data should NOT be stored within the VM. There is no good mechanism for backing up data stored in the VM itself as standard troubleshooting practices will include downloading a new copy of the Virtual Machine. 
  • OpenOffice users: Be sure to save your files in Microsoft-compatible formats if you intend to view or edit them in Microsoft Office.
  • Firefox should only be used for accessing web sites that require Windows-specific software, not for general purpose web browsing.
About this Version 

This is a preconfigured Windows virtual machine created by IS&T and designed for MIT students and academic staff who need to access selected educational applications. It contains the base VM configuration, mirroring, and selected educational applications.

Educational/academic applications included:

  • Sophos
  • VLC
  • SecureCRT/FX
  • JDK 7 u 25 w/ NetBeans
  • Firefox
  • Emacs
  • Adobe Reader

System requirements


  • IS&T can only provide full support for SecureCRT, SecureFX, and the process of obtaining certificates in Firefox.
  • All other applications included with the VM are provided on an "as-is" basis.
  • Students using Java (the JDK or NetBeans) for coursework should contact their TA or other course staff for assistance.
  • VideoLan Player (VLC) is provided on an "as-is" basis for playback of supported media only.
  • IS&T cannot provide assistance with additional CODECs, transcoding functionality, or any other VLC features.