Your new HP Elitebook

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About this article

This article provides information to help you get familiar with your new HP Elitebook. There are also steps on common features you may need to do to get work functional. It is intended for all students and employees participating in the E-Warrior Digital Life and Learning Program.

Frequently asked questions

Why do you have to configure my laptop? Where are all my software applications? Where can you get help? If you have questions, check our Frequently Asked Questions article for answers.

Set up and get to know your new PC

After your laptop distribution session you will need to make a few configurations to be work functional.

Everyone - Review New Features

Everyone - Review Hardware

Review the hardware features of your new HP Elitebook 840 G3

HP EliteBook 84 G3 keyboard

Getting the most out of your laptop battery

Everyone - Get to know your Operating System

Use the Windows key WindowsKey.pngon your keyboard to toggle back and forth from Windows 8 or 10 Start Page to Desktop view.

Everyone - Adding software

The following items cover what software is pre-loaded on your laptop and how to find additional software you may wish to use as a part of the E-Warrior Digital Life and Learning Program.

Pre-loaded software on HP EliteBook 840 G3. You can check this list before loading any new software to the laptop.

Installing software from the network. Many unique or discipline specific software applications can be installed on your laptop (e.g. Adobe Acrobat XI Pro, Inspiration, Maple, Mathmatica, SPSS).

Everyone - File Storage

The HP Elitebook 840 G3 has a 256 GB hard drive. Since hard drives crash and can get viruses, it is best practice to only store data on the hard drive that you can do without if your system crashed. The use of network and cloud storage is recommended because it is backed up nightly.

Network and Cloud Storage Comparison

OneDrive for Business is cloud based storage for employees and students.

Local network storage refers to space, on networked servers located on the Winona campus and administered by WSU staff, reserved for employees to use to store their files.

Optional - Installing Printers

Locating the networked or personal printer you wish to use can be found in the following two items.

Adding a networked printer.

Adding a personal printer

Optional - Connecting to the network from off campus

To access WSU network drives, printers and software that runs on the KeyServer you must establish a virtual private network (VPN) connection. We use Cisco AnyConnect to connect to the WSU nework from off campus.

The network drives require running the Map network drive script after you have connected via VPN.

Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client

Map Network Drives

Optional - Digital Security

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 perjtinent to WSU employees.

Know where to store your data. This site that explains the different types of data you may have access to and the appropriate spaces where each type should be stored.

Know your data. This link takes you directly to our site on governing laws and policies that relate to data.

What is Private Data? This article provides a quick summary of private data and how employees should protect this information.

What is Malware? This article on malware is intended to provide you answers to this question and ways for you to prevent it from infecting your laptop.

What is Phishing? Another important topic to read up on so you can prevent your data from becoming exposed by phishing.

Locking your laptop screen is one security measure everyone is guilty of forgetting to do. Remember: The easy way to lock your laptop is with the Windows key + L.

Using the KeePass Program to easily store your passwords in an encrypted database.

Take a workshop on Digital Security. These workshops are offered each semester, but if there are no workshops listed, you can Request a Workshop.

Unsupported applications

If you installed any unsupported software for school or personal use such as a password vault, a citation manager (e.g., EndNote, Reference Manager), a tax preparation tool (e.g., TurboTax), or photo gallery software, back up any related files you wish to retain. Consult your documentation to determine the location and format of these files. TLT ( will provide limited support if you have questions, but your first line of support is the vendor.

How to get additional training

Workshops and 1:1's

Faculty and staff are welcome to stop drop in or call TLT (Maxwell 130, ext. x5240 option 2) for 1:1 support or sign up for workshops at TLT Faculty-Staff signup.

Students can stop in at Somsen 207 for DLC STAR support.


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