Draft:Setup your new PC laptop

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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.

Take a look at the hardware features of your HP EliteBook 840

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 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.

Additional Software

Network Software

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.

  1. Connect to the network using the Metro Tile 'Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client'
  2. Map your network drives using the Metro Tile 'Click to map network drives'


File Storage

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

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.


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.

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