From the KnowledgeBase
How do I get my computer set up for use at Princeton?
Student Computing - Five Essential Steps
I. Make sure your computer is virus-free and your OS up to date
- See kb.princeton.edu/9947 for recommendations on how to download and install free antivirus software.
- Update the operating system of any Windows-based computer using Windows Update.
- Mac OS X users must also update their systems, using Software Update.
II. Plug in and get online
Once your computer is free of viruses and fully updated, plug in and register your computer.
- Go to: www.princeton.edu/dormnet to register your computer and subscribe to Dormnet. (SCI Macintosh and Windows computers are already registered.)
- Once you receive a confirmation e-mail message, reboot your computer.
III. Set up your Princeton e-mail
- You can configure a Princeton supported e-mail program on your own computer, or log onto WebMail when you're away from your room or off-campus.
IV. Access network storage and printers
- See www.princeton.edu/files for complete instructions on how to set up your personal folder (also known as your H drive). Use your personal folder to back up important files!
- Learn how to use WebSpace and your allocated 5GB of server space for file sharing.
- See kb.princeton.edu/8329 for instructions to print from your room to Cluster printers on campus.
V. Protect your computer with security and firewall
Protect your computer against unwanted intruders and hackers.
- Run Windows Update or Apple Updates every day to ensure your computer has critical security patches and updates.