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Northwest Missouri State University


Computer Care

Backup Your Computer Data

Northwest owns all university-provided notebook computers and all university-provided software. Therefore, Information Technology reserves the right to format and reload the hard disk of all university-provided notebook computers without a user's permission.

Information Technology is not responsible for backing up (copying) personal files on university-provided notebook 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 SkyDrive personal file storage) are not provided by Northwest or Information Technology. 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.

SkyDrive Storage

Students who had their Northwest Network Accounts created before July 22, 2013 have Microsoft SkyDrive (personal file storage) accounts, which can be accessed at:  www.SkyDrive.com.

If you need help using SkyDrive, please see the Windows Live SkyDrive help center and click on the link You decide who has access. You can also call the Information Technology Help Desk at 660.562.1634.

Microsoft How-To Guides

Backup Outlook 2010 Email items to a .PST File

Other Backup How-To Guides and Videos


PC Maintenance

If your personal 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.

Internet Explorer "Tune-up" Guides

Windows "Tune-up" Guides

Windows 7

Windows XP

All Microsoft images/icons/text used in the following documentation are owned and copyrighted to Microsoft Corporation www.Microsoft.com and used by Northwest Missouri State University with Microsoft's permission for educational purposes.