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Northwest owns all university-provided computing equipment (i.e., desktop, laptop and tablet computers, etc.) and all university-provided software. Therefore, Information Technology (IT) reserves the right to format and reload the hard disk of all university-provided computers without a user's permission.
The IT department is not responsible for backing up (copying) personal files on university-provided computers. Consequently, it is the responsibility of the user to make and keep a backup of important personal files on an alternate storage device.
Alternative storage devices (other than the Microsoft-provided OneDrive personal file storage students have through their Northwest email account) are not provided by Northwest or the IT department. The user is solely responsible for purchasing such a device with personal funds. Such devices include, but are not limited to, USB Flash/Jump drive and CD. Users are encouraged to back-up files on a weekly basis in case of hardware or software failure.
If your personally-owned computer seems to be running much slower than it did when you first purchased it, it is time for your PC to have the equivalent of an automobile "tune-up." By tuning-up your computer on a weekly or monthly basis, you will help greatly extend the life of your PC, as well as, help speed it up. The tune-up entails the following: Deleting Temporary Internet files, uninstalling unused software, deleting any unneeded files, and running Scandisk and Defragmenter.
Note: Performing daily or weekly Windows Updates on your PC is important.
Please see the following links on how to "tune-up" your PC and install and run Windows Updates.
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