Restoring your PC laptop
About this article
If you are exchanging your laptop, you will need to restore your files from a backup that you created on a network drive, external media or OneDrive. You probably will want to restore your bookmarks from your favorite browsers. If you were using programs that were not part of the basic WSU image, these programs will need to be reinstalled.
Install Programs from the Control Panel
Some programs will need to be reinstalled from the Control Panel on your new computer. To get to the Control Panel on a Windows 8 computer, type Control Panel in the search field from the Start Screen.
- Next select 'Get Programs' under the Programs Group.
- It is best to be on campus connected to a network cable for most installs. Some programs can take up to 20 minutes to install.
Select where you stored your backup
Restore Outlook Archives
If you backed up your archive.pst file, you will need to copy this file to your new laptop and configure Outlook to use it.
Instructions on how import your browser favorites and bookmarks from a backup for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari or Chrome. Also with how to make your browser homepage.
Everyone - Customize your taskbar
To add an icon to your taskbar, go to the Start Menu or All Apps to find the program your want to Pin to your Taskbar. Do a right-click on the icon and select More > Pin to taskbar.
KeePass will need to be reinstalled on your new computer. You can install this program from the Control Panel. View instructions on how to install KeePass. KeePass creates an encrypted database with an .kbdx extension. You will want to copy this file to your new computer and the first time you open KeePass browse to .kdbx file and location.