Setup your new PC laptop
About this article
This article covers the process of finishing up the setup your new PC laptop. It is intended for all students and employees participating in the E-Warrior Digital Life and Learning Program There are many new changes to both platforms (i.e. PC and Mac) this year that have many implications for how we use our laptops in and outside the classroom. It is strongly recommended that you check out the article New laptop and tablet feature to best support you in the use of your devices, but also to help your students who may use the other platform in your classes.
Where to begin?
Now that you have your device it is important to start familiarizing yourself with the hardware, operating system, and additional software that is loaded onto your laptop.
How do I turn off the trackpad?
Some people prefer to deactivate their trackpad so that they can avoid erratic cursor behavior and use an external mouse. To disable your trackpad by simply double-clicking the small dot in the upper left corner of the trackpad. When the trackpad is deactivated you will see an orange light on and when the trackpad is on the light will be dark.
How do I learn more about operating system and productivity software on my PC?
The HP EliteBook will come with the new Windows 8.1 operating system already installed. This is a major Windows upgrade that will require some time and attention to master. Originally designed to take advantage of Microsoft's new touch-sensitive Microsoft Surface tablet, Windows 8.1 includes a new Start screen that is a bit disorienting at first. However, there are a number of very positive changes that you should really like.
- New Features of Office 2013 by Lynda.com
- Microsoft Word Essentials by Lynda.com
- Microsoft Outlook 2013 Essentials by Lynda.com
The software loaded on your laptop is designed to provide you with a common package of tools. If you do not see a specific tool you typically use you can learn here how to Install Software From The Network where we have discipline specific packages you can easily load on campus. As many of these are larger packages of software it is recommended to be plugged in with an Ethernet cable when attempting to download these applications.
How do I connect to the network from off campus?
To access WSU network drives, printers and certain web-based software from off campus you must establish a virtual private network (VPN) connection. We use Cisco VPN Client to connect to WSU nework from off campus. To learn how to connect using Cisco VPN Client by going to this article Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client. We have made establishing this connection easy by simply going to the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client in the Start menu (see clip below) and when this application is activated you will be prompted to enter your WSU username and password. Once this connection is established you can map the network drives by clicking this tile in the same section of the start menu.
- Connect to the network using the Metro Tile 'Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client'
- Map your network drives using the Metro Tile 'Click to map network drives'
Desktop and Hard Drive
You can save files to your desktop which is saving to your hard drive. Since hard drives crash and can get viruses, it is best practice to only store data there that you can do without if your system crashed. Read this article to check how much free space you have left on your hard drive. This year's model (2015) have 256 GB hard drives.
Network Storage for Employees
- Personal Network Storage (R:) This drive is only accessible by yourself. Students no longer have access to this storage. Employees can request more space, contact the Technical Support Center.
- Employee Department Storage (S:) Everyone in your department has Edit Rights to this drive. You can make subfolders to store your information. Access to this drive is controlled by Active Directory groups to your department.
Cloud Storage - OneDrive for Business
WSU's supported cloud storage. All students and employees receive 1 TB of cloud storage on Microsoft's OneDrive for Business. Note: There is also a OneDrive for consumers that you can install that is not associated with the WSU's OneDrive for Business storage. To learn more about OneDrive click here
Addressing security threats and managing risk is a vital part of our eWarrior program and extensive documentation can be found here to educate yourself on the many measures that can be taken to prevent data breaches or spread of harmful viruses and malware.
- Information Security siteWSU's digital security information and policies that are pertinent to WSU employees.
- Every state employee is required to take the D2L based Public Jobs Private Data course
- Know where to store your data
- Know your data
- What is Malware?
- What is Phishing?
- Use the program KeePass to store your passwords in an encrypted database. You never want to put your passwords on a sticky note!
- Watch a Lynda video on Computer Security
- Take a workshop on Digital Security. These workshops are offered each semester, but if there are no workshops listed, you can Request a Workshop.
KeePass is WSU's recommended password safe or password manager. Learn how to install KeePass.
How to get additional training
Faculty and staff are welcome to stop in for training over in TLT and RSVP for sessions by going to TLT Faculty-Staff signup.