Skip to main content

Technology

Using Your New Computer

Many offices received new computers this spring. The new computers have Windows 10 and Office 2016 installed. Don't panic! Windows 10 has been set up to resemble Windows 7 as much as possible -- a "kinder and gentler Windows 10." Further, Office 2016 is not much different from Office 2013, so that transition should be smooth. Each office received the Microsoft Office 2016 All-in-One for Dummies book in the fall of 2017. If you don't know where it is, please ask your co-workers. Note: State offices received one copy, so check with your office administrator for information about the two books.

Learning Windows 10

To help you use Windows 10 most effectively, please keep these aspects of the newer operating system in mind:

  • Every office received the book Teach Yourself Microsoft Windows 10 (Anniversary Update) to help you get started.
  • Find "Settings" by clicking on the Start button. Read more about Settings from Microsoft.
  • RIGHT click on the Start button to find everything else you need. Read more about the Start Menu from Microsoft.
  • You can SEARCH for any command or feature. (Click on Start, type what you're looking for in the Search box and press the <Enter> key.) If you don't see the Search box, please read " Locating the search box in Windows 10."
  • PIN software titles (MS Word, etc.) or command/feature areas (Control Panel, etc.) to the Start Menu or the Taskbar. (RIGHT click on the command/feature name and then make your selection.)

Transferring Your Files and Folders

If you have files you've saved on another computer – possibly the one this new one is replacing – you'll need to copy them to the new computer. You can do this a number of ways:

  • Once you get your computer connected to the office network, you should be able to drag your folders and files across the network from the old computer to the new computer using Windows Explorer.
  • Copy files using an external drive such as a large capacity thumb/jump drive or external hard drive.

County users: Make sure you connect the new computer to the WD My Cloud network-attached storage unit in order to “sync” your files from the drive to your new computer.

Installing Software

Even though the Office of Technology installs all "core" software on your new machine, you may still have software that will you will need to install on your new computer.

What is the best way to do this? First, click on Start, All Programs on your older computer and jot down all software titles. Then, when you have set up the new computer, you can use the original CDs/DVDs or appropriate website to reinstall the software.

Export and Then Import Bookmarks/Favorites

In preparation for your new computer, you may need to export your browser's Bookmarks or Favorites. Please refer to the handout Exporting and Importing Bookmarks and Favorites for help in this process.

Set up MS Outlook

To customize your machine with your Outlook email, you will need to follow these instructions. Remember: You will enter your FMLast@mail.wvu.edu email address -- not your First.Last@mail.wvu.edu. Please read the instructions to minimize errors and frustration!

Until you set Outlook up, you can use the Outlook Web App (OWA) or web interface at https://outlook.com/mail.wvu.edu and login with your WVU Login credentials.

Additional Help

Older Equipment

What do you do with your older equipment? If you want to bring equipment to Jackson's Mill or Morgantown, please contact someone in the Office of Technology so that we can work with the Mill folks for that or so that we can meet you with a cart in the front of Knapp Hall when you are dropping off surplus in Morgantown. 

Monitor Note: It's a good idea to use an older monitor as your "second" one if your workstation configuration lacks this extra screen.

Surface Pro Note: If you ordered a Surface Pro, you should keep a USB keyboard to use with that device. You may even want to purchase a USB hub to allow for more USB ports.