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I need some software by Microsoft for a project, can you give it to me?

Possibly. All CS students have access to a variety of Microsoft software through the Azure Portal.

Logging in to the Azure Portal

  • Next, you will be prompted to sign in to your Microsoft account. You must use your K-State email address to sign in properly.

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  • If you get a screen like the one below, be sure to click on the top option labeled "Work or school account created by your IT department"

Ms login 2.png

  • You should now be redirected to the K-State sign in page. Simply log in normally using your eID and K-State password.
  • If you have signed in properly you will be greeted by a page looking like the one below.


Downloading and Registering Software

  • To use the software you need to first download it. Visual Studio is used in this example, but the same applies to all software that requires local installation. Click on the software icon and you will be presented with the following window.


  • To download Visual Studio, simply click on Download.png and follow the instructions. Once you have downloaded and installed Visual Studio, you need to register it. You should always register all the software you are planning on using for a prolonged period of time, such as for a full semester.
  • To register Visual Studio, simply click on View key.png and copy the license key provided. You will need to use that license key to register Visual Studio on your account.

License Agreement

Remember, this is for your own personal use as a CS student. You are not legally permitted to download software for your friends or families. Doing so will break the terms of the Microsoft academic agreement. Distributing illegal copies of software is against state and federal laws and the policies of this university.

How do I take a screenshot in Windows?

To take a screenshot (image of the screen) in Windows, follow the following steps:

  1. Press "Print Scrn" on the keyboard (next to "Scroll Lock" at the top).
  2. Open Microsoft Paint (Start Menu > All Programs > Accessories > Paint).
  3. Go to Edit > Paste to paste the image.
  4. Save the image as a BMP in your home directory by going to File > Save As...
  5. Do with the image as you please.

How do I enable X forwarding in Windows?

The following explains the process of enabling X forwarding through SSH to view X applications in Windows.

  1. Start XServer by going to Start > XServer
  2. Open PuTTY by going to Start > PuTTY
  3. In the Category menu for PuTTY, select Tunnels
  4. Check the box next to "Enable X11 Forwarding"
  5. In the Category menu for PuTTY, select Session
  6. Under Host Name, type ""
  7. Choose SSH as your Protocol
  8. Now click "Open"
  9. Enter your username and password when prompted
  10. Enjoy

You can test to see if X forwarding is working by typing "xeyes", which should bring up an application with two eyes following your mouse pointer.

How do I transfer files to or from the CIS systems?

NOTE: Due to authentication problems and account lockouts caused by WinSCP, we no longer recommend using this application for file transfer. We suggest the following instead.

File``Zilla is a good cross-platform desktop file transfer application that is both free to use and open source. You can download the client from and install it on your own system.

When you launch File``Zilla, the window looks like this: Filezilla main.png

First-time users will need to create a new connection which you can re-use later.

  1. Click on the the Site Manager button here:
    Filezilla sitemgr button.png
  2. This opens up a new window. Click on the "New Site" button.
    Filezilla sitemgr1.png
  3. Set the name of your new site to something easy to remember, like the name of the server you are connecting to.
    Filezilla new site.png
  4. Make the following changes to the site settings:
    • Protocol: SFTP - SSH File Transfer Protocol
    • Login Type: Ask for password
    • User: enter your username here, not your full email address
    And click OK when done.
    Filezilla sitemgr2.png
  5. You should now be returned to the main window. Click on the dropdown next to the Site Manager button and select your newly saved site.
    Filezilla host selection.png
  6. You will be prompted for your password. Enter it here. NOTE: This is your CIS password, not your KSU eID password.
    Filezilla passwd dialog.png
  7. Once connected, the main window should look like this. Transfer files by selecting the source on the left and destination on the right.
    Filezilla connected.png
  8. When you are finished, click on the Disconnect button.
    Filezilla disconnect.png

How do I burn an .ISO image to a Disc?

N022 and N126 labs have DeepBurner installed on the Windows machines along with CD/DVD burners. This is free software and is available to download for your own personal use at

To burn an .iso to CD/DVD, place a blank disc in the CD/DVD ROM tray and run DeepBurner. When the program starts, it will prompt you to select the project type. Select "Burn ISO image." Click the "..." button beside the Image file text box to specify the location of your saved .iso file. Click the "Burn ISO" button to begin burning the disc.



If you are using windows it is likely at some point you have need some GNU tools at some point. Cygwin is a collection of common gnu utilities compiled to run on windows.


First download the installer from cygwin's website select setup-x86_64.exe and download the installer. On the first screen select "install from the internet". Then you can leave the defaults for the rest of the windows until you are asked which server you would like to install from. Select the first server listed which should be Next you will be prompted with this screen showing all the possible packages you can install.

package installation

You can select which package you want by double clicking the word skip or clicking the drop down menu and selecting the most recent version. When you are done selecting packages click next then finish. Cygwin will download and install your packages this may take a while.


In addition to installing the CLion IDE you will need to install a C compiler, the build tool make, and a C debugger. These do not come bundled with CLion because CLion likes to give you the option of where you get these from. We support using Cygwin to install these packages. Follow the steps as listed above and make sure to install the following.

  • gcc-g++
  • clang
  • make
  • gdb

There will be a lot of packages with names similar to these but be sure to install these. Then open Clion and click file then settings and search for toolchain. Click the + button and select Cygwin from the drop down. Clion should automatically find the proper .exe files for you. If it can not you will need to choose the following.

  • Make c:\cygwin\bin\make.exe
  • C Compiler c:\cygwin\bin\gcc.exe
  • C++ Compiler c:\cygwin\bin\c++.exe
  • Debugger c:\cygwin\bin\gdb.exe

Then with Cygwin selected in the sidebar press the up arrow next to the plus sign until Cygwin is at the top, it should now say "(default)" next to it. Now close out and reopen Clion and you Cygwin should be your default toolchain.