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Windows 10 Migration and Support

Due to the large number of computers ordered during this year's "Bulk Order" and the upcoming Windows 10 upgrades for Windows 7 machines, WVU Extension Service employees will begin using Windows 10 in larger numbers. To help employees learn how to use this newer operating system, we encourage reviewing the materials below.

Migrating to Windows 10

The Office of Technology will be visiting each county office to upgrade all computers to the Windows 10 operating system (OS). Note: Computers ordered in 2018 or computers reimaged (repaired in Morgantown) will have the Windows 10 operating system installed.

Each office will prepare for the Windows 10 upgrade by completing various tasks. The materials below will help in that.

  1. Complete Preparing for the Windows 10 Upgrade for each computer including both laptops and desktops. Note: Do not complete a form for any obsolete computers on their way to surplus.
  2. Export Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox Bookmarks by following the steps in Exporting and Importing Bookmarks and Favorites.

Windows 10 Resources

The websites below will help you learn more about the Windows 10 operating system and enable you to customize it to your preferences.

Note: The Office of Technology sent two books to all Extension offices in 2017 to support the Windows 10 and Office 2016 upgrades. If you cannot find the books, please ask your co-workers. The book titles are "Teach Yourself Visually Microsoft Windows 10 Anniversary Update" by Paul McFedries (ISBN: 978-1-119-31118-8) and "Microsoft Office 2016 All-in-One for Dummies" by Peter Weverka (ISBN: 978-1-119-08312-2).

Windows 10 Training

Moving from Windows 7 to Windows 10

As you change from the Windows 7 operating system to Windows 10, you'll see a few differences. To help you transition smoothly, please refer to the tips below.
  • 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 one you are replacing – you'll need to copy them to the new Windows 10 computer. You can do this a number of ways:

County users: Connect to the office’s local area network and then drag files/folders from the old computer to the new computer. Or, copy files/folders to a large capacity external drive to transport them from one computer to another.

WVU Campus/Jackson’s Mill/FSE/SHE/Raleigh County Users: Copy all of your data files/folders to your personal network drive (e.g., J:) and then either access them from that drive or copy them to the 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 your new hardware, 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. Until you set Outlook up, you can use the Outlook Web App (OWA) or web interface at and login with your WVU Login credentials.

Older Equipment

What do you do with your older equipment? You can bring it to the new equipment distribution location (more on that later), Jackson's Mill or Morgantown. 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.