This article contains frequently asked questions about getting started and accessing applications on your device. Please read through this article if you have an issue with your device and follow the answers provided in order to try to resolve the issue yourself.
Getting Started on Windows 10
- Why won’t my Windows 10 device connect to a wireless network? Why has my device disconnected from a wireless network?
Check that your device is not in airplane mode (sometimes this is a physical button on the device).
Check your network settings to make sure your machine is connected to either a Wi-Fi network or an Ethernet cable.
Some Windows 10 devices will come with a 4G Sim card. If your device does come with a Sim card, your device will function like a mobile phone and you will not be required to connect to Wi-Fi.
- Why isn’t my device turning on?
If your device is not turning on, it could mean that your device battery level is too low. In this instance, you should plug in your device into a power socket. If your device is still having issues turning on, there may be a hardware issue and your device will need to be replaced.
Please contact your local IT Admin/s who will be able to help.
- How do I switch/connect to a wireless network?
Please follow the steps below to switch your Wi-Fi connection:
- Open the Settings app.
- Click ‘Network and Internet’.
- Click ‘Wi-Fi’ from the dropdown menu.
- Click ‘Show available networks’.
- Select the network you wish to connect to.
- You may need to enter a password for the Wi-Fi network to connect. You should be able to access this locally.
- What applications are pre-installed via Intune?
Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers will be pre-installed on the Windows 10 devices. Other applications, such as Adobe PDF reader, Outlook and other Office 365 applications will not be installed on the device (including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel).
PDF files should open in a web view, but there are some scenarios where the PDF file will be downloaded to the ‘Downloads’ folder. In this scenario, you can open the file in either the Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome browser. Office 365 applications will be available by logging into the NHSmail portal.
You will also be able to access three web applications/websites from your desktop or via your web browser, including OcularOutcomes, Outcomes4Health and PharmOutcomes.
- Can I access NHSmail on the device?
Outlook will not be installed on the Windows 10 device. If you need to access your Outlook/email, you can do this via the Internet using your web browser.
- Why can’t I add browser extensions?
As part of the baseline security policy, you will not be able to add web extensions when you browse in Incognito mode or as a guest.
- Why can’t I install applications?
As part of the baseline security policy, downloading and installing applications has been disabled. You will see the following message:
If you require an application on the device, please contact your local IT Admin/s.
- Why won’t my files open locally?
The file may be trying to open in an application which is not installed locally on the device (e.g. an Excel file).
Office applications are not installed on the device. Please use web browser alternatives if required. If you require an application on the device, please contact your local IT Admin/s.
- Is VPN Connectivity required?
No. VPN connectivity is not be required to login to your device or to access web applications.
- Why can’t I open PDFs?
Adobe PDF reader is not pre-installed on the device. You have the ability to download PDFs to your ‘Downloads’ folder as required by some web applications. When opening the PDF, it will open in the Microsoft Edge browser.
You can then choose to open a PDF in Google Chrome browser by right clicking the file and selecting ‘Open with Google Chrome’, as shown below:
- Why can I only use In-Private or Incognito browsing mode?
As part of the baseline security policy, In-Private or Incognito browsing mode will be used to prevent data from being saved in the browser since this may be a shared device.
- Why can’t I enable Windows Hello?
Windows Hello is turned off by design. To login to your Windows 10 device please use your NHSmail username and password. These devices are configured to only be used with your NHSmail username and password.
Accessories (External Devices)
- Why can’t I connect to an external drive (SD Cards, USBs, Phones)?
As part of the baseline security policy, connecting to external drives has been disabled. You will not be permitted to use any accessories to transfer or store data. Accessories which are required to access web applications will be listed so that they can be used.
If you require the ability to connect to an external drive, please contact your local IT Admin/s.
- Can I connect a barcode scanner to my Windows 10 device?
Yes, barcode scanners have been authorised in the Windows 10 build. This should allow you to connect to these devices. If you are having any issues with getting these connected, please contact your local IT Admin/s.
- Why can’t I connect to a printer/why can’t I print?
As part of the baseline security policy, connecting to printers has been disabled. Only IT Admin/s will have permissions to add devices and you will be shown the following error message when you try to add devices yourself.
If you need to add a new device, please contact your local IT Admin/s.
- Can I charge my phone using my laptop?
As part of the baseline security policy, connecting to external devices has been disabled. If you try to connect your mobile phone to your Windows 10 laptop to charge, this may not work.
- How do I reset my password/unlock my account?
If you have forgotten your password, you will need to use the self-service password reset feature within the NHSmail Portal. To use self-service, you must know the answers to your security questions and have a mobile number set within the profile section of your account (you must have access to this mobile).
If you try to use the ‘CRTL+ALT+DELETE’ shortcut, you will not be able to successfully update your password.
If you are unable to use the self-service password reset feature, please contact your local IT Admin/s who will be able to redirect you to your Local Administrator for NHSmail to reset your password.
- What are the password requirements?
The NHSmail password policy is in line with National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) guidelines. For more information please visit this site.
- How do I change my username (name change)?
If you need to change your username, please contact your local IT Admin/s who will be able to support you.
- Why can’t I save my login details (username or password) in my web browser?
Login details will not be automatically saved during browsing sessions. This will prevent you from accidentally accessing someone else’s account since these may be shared devices.
- I’m using a shared device. What do I need to think about when using shared devices?
Remember to log out of the device if you are on a break and once you have finished to allow others to begin using the device.
Avoid downloading and saving any files locally to the device; if you do need to save something locally such as a PDF, please remember to delete the file(s) once you have finished. If you delete the file, remember to also empty the recycle bin. Alternatively, the following shortcut will permanently delete a file from your files and recycling bin ‘CTRL + Shift + Delete.’
- Can I lock my device if I am sharing it?
No. If you have finished working on a device or plan to take a break, you must:
- Sign out of any applications
- Close all browser tabs and windows
- Sign out of the device so that other users can log in
- Can I use my device for personal use?
Please do not use these devices for any personal business such as online banking, social media, etc or to store personal photos. Your device is managed by IT Admins and you may lose personal data if it is stored on your device.
- Can I personalise my device (e.g. update settings)?
Personalisation settings made while logged into the device will not be visible by other users once they have logged in. If there are any accessibility changes which you require such as changing the language, then you will be able to make the changes while you are logged into your account.
- How is my data protected whilst sharing my device?
When using a shared device, it is important to ensure data from one user does not become available to anyone else.
Each user will be required to login to their own nhs.net account whilst using a shared device.
Users are restricted to using private browsing sessions to prevent login credentials from being saved to the device. For example, InPrivate browsing in Microsoft Edge or Incognito browsing in Google Chrome.
- My device is asking for a BitLocker recovery key. What do I do?
All Windows 10 devices will be encrypted without a BitLocker PIN. When the device turns on you will only be asked to enter your nhs.net credentials once. If you are prompted to provide a BitLocker recovery key, please contact your local IT Admin/s.
- Why is my device crashing/blue screening?
If your device is crashing and blue screening regularly, there may be a hardware fault with your device. Please contact your local IT Admin/s who will be able to assess the issue and will work to resolve it. If this is a hardware fault, the device will need to be replaced.
Accidents & Emergencies
- What should I do if I have lost, broken or damaged my device?
If you have misplaced your device you should immediately report this to your local IT Admin/s, so that they can get the device reset. If you have broken or damaged your device, please contact your local IT Admin/s so they can assist.