Connecting to the Virtual Desktop (PC)



Accessing the Virtual Desktop


  1. Accessing the LinguisTech Virtual Desktop
    1. Open the Web browser of your choice (e.g. Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox ; if you cannot connect to the Virtual Desktop with Internet Explorer, we recommend that you use Firefox) by double-clicking on the desktop icon or by finding it in the Start menu.

    2. Go to the LinguisTech home page and log into your account. (An account and subscription are required to access the Virtual Desktop).

    3. Click on the Virtual Desktop section in the Get Going zone. It is no longer necessary to log into the Portal website after logging into the LinguisTech site.

    4. You will be directed to the welcome page. Click on Connect to begin loading the LinguisTech Virtual Desktop. If you do not see the Connect button, you do not have a valid subscription and will need to purchase one.

    5. The Downloads window will open. Double-click on the .rdp file.

  • To avoid performing the preceding steps every time you connect to the Virutal Desktop, you can place a copy of the .rdp file on your Windows desktop. By double-clicking on this icon, you can skip right to step 1.1.7 of this guide without having to resubmit your information. Please be aware that saving the .rdp file may mean that you miss important changes we make to the system to improve your experience.
  1. A dialogue box may open asking  “The identity of the incoming network connection cannot be verified. Do you want to continue anyway?” If so, click on the box marked "Don’t ask me again for connections to this computer" and then click on Connect.
  2. While your computer is connecting, you will have to re-enter your password into the security pop-up. Enter the same password as you did in step 3b., then hit Enter or click OK.
  3. A dialogue box may open asking "The identity of the remote computer cannot be verified. Do you want to connect anyway?" If so, click on the box marked "Don’t ask me again for connections to this computer” and then click “Yes”.
  4. You should now reach the Virtual Desktop welcome screen.If you still experience problems, contact our technical support team at info@linguistech.ca.
  5. Once the connection is established and the virtual computer is loaded, a desktop that looks like a new computer will appear on your screen.

You will see a bar identifying it as the LinguisTech Virtual Desktop at the top of your screen (or wherever the gateway name may appear).

To hide the bar, move it from left to right by clicking on the bar and dragging it. You can also hide it by clicking on the pin on the left side of the bar. To make it reappear, bring your mouse to the top of the screen and wait for it to appear. To keep it there, click on the pin again.

On the right side of the bar, there are the usual Minimize, Maximize and Close buttons. To see your own computer desktop, click on Minimize. To see the virtual desktop in a smaller window, click on the Maximize button (centre). Clicking on the Close button (the X) will close your session but will not log you off from the Virtual Desktop. Reconnecting will bring you back to the same session within one hour of closing the Virtual Desktop window.


  1. Logging Off

To disconnect from the Virtual Desktop, click on the Start button, and then on Log off. Please do not click the Close (X) button as this will not end your session immediately. The Virtual Desktop has limited licenses for the available software, so selecting the Log Off option will ensure that other users have access to those programs.


  1. Remote Access  

Remote Desktop ProtocolMicrosoft, (2011), Remote Desktop Protocol. , 18 August 2011. (RDP) is a protocoldeveloped by Microsoft that provides users with a graphics device interface to another computer. In other words, RDP protocol allows users to connect to a remote computer and use it as if it were directly in front of them.


Updated October 29, 2012