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Setup a New Windows Office Computer at UW


When setting up a new Windows office computer at the University of Wyoming (UW), there is a recommended set of steps to complete to make sure it is setup correctly for the UWYO network, is as secure as possible, and has the necessary software for it to remain secure and for you to do your job. Many times this is completed by your IT user consultant; however, if you would like to complete this on your own and feel comfortable doing so, these steps will help you to make sure nothing is forgotten or overlooked.

NOTE: Prior to setting up your new computer, it is recommended that you back up all files / data from your current computer that you will want to transfer to your new computer, so that it is not necessary to reconnect your old computer once your new one is setup. If you have questions regarding the backup of your files, contact the IT Help Desk at 766-HELP, option 1, or your IT user consultant (

IMPORTANT: In order for a computer running Windows 7 to be able to join the domain, it must be running Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise edition. Several computers are shipped to UW with Windows 7 Home edition for financial reasons, which cannot be joined to a domain. If your new computer is running Windows 7 Home edition, Windows 7 Enterprise can be installed by your user consultant, or you can get the software by contacting the Information Technology Front Desk by calling 766-3686.


  1. Setting Up Your Computer Hardware
    1. Unpack your new computer and double-check all components against the packing slip to make sure you are not missing anything.
    2. Setup your computer where you would like it to be located and connect all necessary cables.
      NOTE: For security reasons, do not yet connect your computer to the network via the Ethernet cable.
    3. Plug your computer into a power outlet.
    4. Turn on your computer to verify that all is connected and plugged in as it should be (other than the network cable).
  2. Naming Your Computer and Registering It on the UWYO Domain
    NOTE: It is necessary for you to contact the IT Help Desk to complete this section before you can continue on with the setup of your computer. You can contact the Help Desk ahead of time to complete this section. You will then be ready to proceed with the rest of this process as you are able to. If you plan on setting up your computer after normal business hours, calling in advance is necessary.
    1. Before completing the setup wizard which starts when you first turn your computer on, contact the IT Help Desk at 766-HELP, option 1. They will need to verify that the computer name you wish to use is not already in use on the UWYO network and then register it on the UWYO domain for your use before you continue.
      NOTE: While registering the computer name, you will be asked a few questions, including if you want to opt-out of Automatic Security Updates and Forefront Antivirus. Most computers should not be opted-out. The primary reasons to opt-out would be if the computer will be taken off campus for extended periods of time, or if the computer will need to remain on for long periods of time and cannot reboot when updates become available. Another question may be if imaging software was used. If you are following these directions, the answer is no.
    2. During the setup wizard, when prompted to enter a user and a computer name, enter UWAdmin for the user, and the computer name you registered with the Help Desk for the computer name.
    3. When prompted to create a password for the account just created, type the password you would like to use on the lines Type a password and Retype your password. You will also be required to type a password hint in case you forget the password you are creating. Then click Next.
      NOTE: It is necessary that you remember this password. This account and password are necessary to complete the setup of your computer.
    4. On the Help protect your computer and… screen, click Use recommended settings.
    5. On the Review your time and date settings screen, set the settings accordingly, and click Next.
  3. Connect to the Network
    1. Connect your computer to the network via the Ethernet cable.
    2. When the Select a location for… screen appears, select Work network.
    3. When The network location is now Work screen appears, click Close.
  4. Installing Microsoft Updates
    1. Click the Start button, click All Programs, and select Windows Update.
    2. Click Check for updates. If updates that your computer needs are found, click Install updates.
    3. The computer may need to reboot after installing some updates. If you are prompted to reboot, do so.
    4. Repeat Step 4 (Installing Microsoft Updates) until no more important updates are found.
  5. Adding Your Computer to the UWYO Domain
    1. Click the Start menu button, right-click Computer, and click Properties.
    2. In the section titled Computer name, domain and workgroup settings, click Change settings.
    3. In the System Properties window, on the Computer Name tab, click Change.
    4. In the Computer Name/Domain Changes window, in the Member of section, select Domain, type, and click OK.
    5. When prompted for your credentials, for the username, enter uwyo\username where username is your UWYO domain username and for password enter your UWYO domain password. Click OK.
    6. On the Welcome to the domain screen click OK.
    7. On the You must restart your computer… screen click OK.
    8. On the System Properties screen click Close.
    9. On the You must restart your computer… screen click Restart Now. Your computer will now reboot.
  6. Adding and Logging On with Your UWYO Domain Account
    1. Once your computer restarts and the prompt appears, press CTRL+ALT+DEL on your keyboard.
    2. When the prompt for a password appears, enter the password you created in the initial setup wizard in step 2C of this document, and press Enter.
    3. Once the computer is logged on, click the Start menu button, right-click Computer, and select Manage.
    4. In the Computer Management window, click Local Users and Groups, then click the Groups folder icon.
    5. Double-click Administrators.
    6. In the Administrator Properties window click Add.
    7. In the Select Users, Computers, Service Accounts, or Groups window, in the Enter the object names to select, enter IT Desktop Admins; Domain Admins; username, where username is your UWYO domain username, and click OK.
    8. If you are prompted for a username and password, enter uwyo\username for the username, where username is your UWYO domain username. Enter your UWYO domain password for the password and click OK.
      NOTE: If your username is similar to another username, you may get a Multiple Names Found screen. Verify your username is selected and click OK.
    9. On the Administrators Properties window, click OK.
    10. Close the Computer Management screen.
    11. Click the Start menu button, point to the arrow next to Shut down, and click Log Off.
    12. When the prompt appears, press CTRL+ALT+DEL.
    13. When the prompt for a password appears, click Switch User.
    14. Click Other User.
    15. When prompted for a username and password, enter your UWYO domain username in the User name box, and enter your UWYO domain password in the password box, and click arrow to logon.
  7. Configuring Automatic Updates and Installing Antivirus
    During step 2A you were asked if you wanted to opt out of Automatic Security Updates. If you answered no, Automatic Updates will be configured for you and Microsoft Forefront will automatically install. If you decided to opt out of Automatic Security Updates, you will need to configure Automatic Updates and manually install Microsoft Forefront.

    To configure Automatic Updates, see How To Configure and Run Windows Automatic Updates (
    To install Forefront, see How To Manually Install Microsoft Forefront Client Security (
  8. Installing UW Provided and Recommended Software on Your Computer
    1. Install Microsoft Office 2010. See How to Install Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 from the UW Network ( for complete installation and updating instructions.
    2. Installation instructions for all additional UW provided software that can be installed from the UW network (i.e. Microsoft Expression Web, SAS, SPSS, and many Adobe applications) can be found on the UW Application Software and Resources site (
      NOTE: Many of these applications are fee based or you may need to request access to the network installation (specific information is located in each set of installation instructions). If you are not able to access the network location, need to purchase a license for an application, or need additional information on the software available through IT, contact the IT front desk at 766-3686.
    3. Install the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader software from Adobe's Web site (unless you have the full Adobe Acrobat software). See the Adobe Acrobat Reader web page ( for the Acrobat Reader download file and installation instructions.
    4. Install any additional software that you need to do your job.
    5. Copy your data/files from your backup to your new computer.


  • For tips and information on keeping your UW computer, accounts, and passwords secure, see the IT Computer Security web pages (


Reviewed: 0412 By: AH

Additional help with the installation and configuration of
UW-supported software is available:
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Contact the IT Help Desk at 766-HELP (4357), option 1
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