Remotely access Windows 10 device from macOS
Remote Computer Lab Access Tool Guide
(Please note that depending on your internet connection speed, the initial login time may take several minutes)
Go to your browser and navigate to
Open Microsoft Remote Desktop
Open Settings (gear icon at top) and click Preferences
Remote Access Tool
- In Settings, click User Accounts
- Enter (without quotes) “ad\xxyyyy” where xxyyyy is your MWSU username in the
- When finished, close this panel and then close out of the Remote Desktop app.
To access a computer remotely from you will need to install the Microsoft Remote Desktop app from the App Store.
Once downloaded, open the app and open settings(gear icon) and click preferences. Once in preferences, click User Accounts.
Enter your MWSU username. If you are unable to login precede your username with “univ\” (without the quotes).
Using the Tool
Go to your browser (Chrome, in this example) and navigate to
How it Works
The LabStats Remote Access Tool shows you which computers are available in each available campus computer lab in an easy-to-navigate dashboard. Each lab’s computers house software that may be specific to the location of the lab. For example, engineering software may be found in Wilson Hall labs but not in the Popplewell Hall labs.
A computer is considered available if it’s powered on, connected to the internet, and not in use by another student. The dashboard employs algorithms that prevent two students from trying to use the same computer at the same time. Unavailable computers are not displayed.
To use the tool, select a computer lab in which you expect to find the software you need by clicking the name of the lab on the left. From that lab’s list of computers, select one and click on the blue “Connect” button on the right. You will see a pop-up with instructions to download a file.
Click the Download button to start the process. The tool will download a Remote Desktop Program (RDP) connection file. This file contains information for connecting to a lab computer and will allow you to connect to its screen and have access to its programs as if you were sitting in front of it on campus. You do not need any special technical knowledge to use this tool.
Download progress will appear in the bottom status bar of the browser. When it is finished, click on the file name in the status bar to start the connection process. Or navigate to the Downloads folder and double click the RDP file to launch.