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Before getting a new computer, most people want to make sure they get everything they really need off of their old computer. This can mean:

  • Documents (including presentations, spreadsheets, etc)
  • Pictures
  • Songs and Videos
  • Web page Bookmarks (Favorites)

In practice, this usually means clearing a bunch of stuff off your Desktop.

Documents and Pictures:

Move all these items to your  “My Documents” folder (or a subfolder inside it). My Documents actually “lives” on a UVM server, so it is accessible from every computer you log on to.

Pointing up Tip: Drag and drop items to your My Documents folder to copy them there. Hold down the shift key when you drag and drop in order to move items there instead.

Songs and Videos:

By nature, these are large files. Consider moving these items to a portable storage device like a CD, DVD, or USB drive. Otherwise, you may find you exceed your “My Documents” storage quota.


If you need to bring your website bookmarks with you, follow these instructions:

…But ask yourself, do your bookmarks contain anything you couldn’t find with a 20-second Google search?

A Note About Contacts (or Address Books)

As of April 2016, everyone at UVM is using Microsoft Exchange (Outlook) for email. If this includes you, then you don’t need to worry about transferring your email addresses: they will be waiting for you when you get there. Magic.

NEVER use Microsoft services like One Drive to store UVM files (especially anything that includes Protected Health Information) “in the cloud.”

When you first turn your windows 8 machine on, you will see a decorative “lock screen.” Swipe this upward with your finger or just press a key on your keyboard to access the login screen (enter your UVM NetID and password to log in).

When you first log in you should see your Desktop, which looks pretty similar to what you’re used to from using Windows 7 (including the green PnC icon, if this is a Point and Click machine).


To access programs like Microsoft Word, you will probably need to get to the “Start Screen,” which is just a fancy version of the old Start Menu. To get there, push the Windows key on your keyboard or swipe in from the right edge of the screen and tap Start.


  • You can customize the Start Screen to resize the icons and move them around so that things you want are easily accessible. Right-click or (with your finger) tap-and-hold any icon to view your options. Move them around the Start Screen by dragging with your finger.
  • To Search for your files or programs, just start typing a search term (part of the file name, for example) from anywhere on the Start screen.
  • To install a network printer, search for the phrase “Advanced Printer Setup,” then select “The Printer I want isn’t listed” and follow these directions starting with step 5.
  • You can also search from the “Charms” menu, which will appear if you swipe your finger in from the right side of the Start Screen.
  • Swipe up from the bottom center of the Start Screen to access the Apps Screen (a list of all installed programs). In Apps view, you can open apps, pin them to Start, or pin them to the desktop taskbar.
  • From the Start Screen you can get back to the Desktop by clicking the Desktop icon (messy yellow circle in the image above). And from the Desktop you can pretend it’s a Windows 7 machine.  🙂
  • To shut down your computer, go to the Start Screen and tap the little power icon in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
  • Alternately, to log off you computer, tap your name or account picture on the Start Screen and select “Sign Out.”

For a more detailed introduction to Windows 8, see the links below:


As many of you know, your UVM NetID+password allows you to log on to virtually any CHWB computer and "get ‘er done," as we say East of Waterbury. Do this and you’ll have access to the CHWB share and to all of your "MyDocs" stuff: spreadsheets, word documents, family pictures, whatever. It’s magic.

The thing is, You Must Use The Force Wisely.

Never ever ever ever ever "borrow" someone’s computer this way if you’re just going to wander off without logging off the computer. HEY, IT HAPPENS.

And if it happens to you, the next person who sits down at that computer can, you know, look at all those family pictures, study those child support spreadsheets, read that thinly-fictionalized workplace-revenge novel. Worse yet, they could read something they shouldn’t read about a student.



Addendum One: Truth be told, if you log onto someone else’s computer, all of your "MyDocs" stuff (see above) will be copied onto that computer. And there it will live, forever–inaccessible to the casual user, but fully accessible to someone with the know-how, the access rights, and the willingness to put make the effort. Moral of the story: try to maintain a relatively monogamous relationship with your one true computer.

Addendum Two: I guess I should also point out that checking your email in a public place like the Davis Center is a great thing, but do NOT leave your email open when you leave. LOG OFF.

Ever need to know if you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7, or whatever? Here’s a quick way to confirm:

  1. On the taskbar at the bottom of your screen, click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Run dialog box, type: winver.
    NOTE: If you’re using Windows Vista or newer, type winver into the Search box instead of clicking Run first.
  3. Click OK.
    A dialog box displays the version that you are running.

Network Printers are typically shared by several users.

Unlike printers that are directly connected to a computer, Network Printers must be manually “added” for each person who logs onto a particular computer.

So if I sneak into your office while you’re on vacation and log on to your computer, I’ll need to go through the following steps if I want to print to a shared printer. You’ll need to follow these same steps if you ever need to add a new Network Printer. Actually, it’s pretty simple.

Adding a Network Printer in Windows

  1. From the Start button,open the Printers Control Panel.
    (shortcut for Vista and Windows7 users: type Printers into the “Start Search” area just above the Start button and press Enter)
  2. Select Add Printer and click Next.
  3. Select A network printer… and click Next.
  4. In Windows Vista or 7, click “The printer that I want isn’t listed”.
  5. Select Find a printer in the directory and click Next.
  6. In the Find Printers dialog, enter chwb in the Name field and click Find Now. image
  7. You’ll see a list of all the shared CHWB printers. Clicking the top of the Name column sorts the list by the printer name, which might help you locate the printer you need.image
  8. Select the printer you want to install and click OK.
  9. Some versions of Windows may be prompt you to approve the installation of printer drivers…go ahead and do so (“drivers” are basically little pieces of software that tell your computer how to talk to your printer).
  10. You’ll also have the option of setting this printer as a default printer and printing a test page.
  11. Happy printing!

We use the UVM NetID username and password to access a number of systems at UVM, such as when we log onto our computers, check our email or access the Cataylst/Peoplesoft system (coming soon).
You can change your NetID password here:
your NetID password must be at least 6 characters long.
Remember: when you change this password, you’re changing the password for at least three different systems:

  • Logging onto your computer
  • Checking your email
  • Using the Catalyst system

Some notes from CIT about passwords:
A good password is easily remembered but hard to guess. Do not choose passwords that have any personal reference to yourself; for example, your nickname, or a hobby.
Do not choose a word that is in a dictionary: your password will be checked against the system dictionary. Nonsense words, unusual acronyms, and deliberate misspellings are good passwords.
Adding numbers, special characters or capitalization makes a password more difficult to guess.
A good technique for making easy to remember, but hard to guess passwords is to take two short words, and concatenate them together with a number or symbol in the middle. For example, take the words “frog” and “pen” and then your password could be “frog5pen”. That’s fairly easy to remember, but would be fairly hard for someone else to guess.

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