Your new PC desktop

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About this article

This article provides information to help you get familiar with your PC desktop. There are also steps on common steps you may need to do to get work functional. It is intended for all employees.

Frequently asked questions

Why do you have to configure my desktop? 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 new desktop gets setup, you may need to make a few configurations to be work functional.

Everyone - Get to know your Operating System

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

Everyone - Get to know the Start Menu


Select the StartButton.jpg on the taskbar, or on your keyboard. This will toggle on and off.

Important Tiles on the WSU configured Start Menu:

  • PrintersFaculty - easily install your printers
  • CisoAnyConnect - Start your VPN session
  • WSU Technology ? - This will take you to WSU Technology Knowledge Base
  • D2L Brightspace - start your D2L session here
  • Click to Map Drives - use this if you cannot see your network drives. Sometimes when you walk from building to building the drive mappings need to be reset. Also use this when you are off-campus and want to get to your network drives. Remember that you need to first VPN when off-campus.
  • OneDrive for Business - get to the the link to start OneDrive under the Employee section.
  • Configure your Start Menu - Microsoft video on Start Menu

Desktop Specs

View this list of newest desktop computers supported.

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.

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.

  • 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

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.

  • 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.
  • Course1 Map to your Course1 information.

Optional - Installing Printers

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

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.

  • 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.

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.

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