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Get Started With Your Computer at BC

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1. Remember your username and password

When you first start up your computer, you will be asked to create a username and password for the Administrator account on your computer. Please remember your username and password! You'll need them to log into your computer.

2. Get BC's required anti-virus software

Get BC's required anti-virus software for free at: www.bc.edu/virus

Important: All computers on the BC network must be running BC's required anti-virus software. You must uninstall other anti-virus software before installing BC’s anti-virus.

3. Update your Mac or Windows system software

Make sure your computer is up-to-date with any Mac or Windows software updates released by Apple or Microsoft. You should automatically be prompted to update your computer. If you are not prompted, do the following:

  • Mac: From the Apple menu, select Software Update.
  • Windows: Click the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Update.

Note: Learn which Mac and Windows versions are recommended at BC at: www.bc.edu/startmac or www.bc.edu/startwin

4. Get the software you need to register for classes

5. Install microsoft office

If you don't already have it, install Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) for free from the Software Download site.

Important for Windows: If you have a trial version of Office installed on your new computer, you must uninstall this trial version before installing the full Office version.

6. Backup your important files

Make sure you don't lose important files (if your computer stops working) by backing up your computer on a regular basis. The easiest way to do this is to use an online service (such as CrashPlanCarbonite, or DropBox) that will do it automatically for you. You might also consider purchasing an external hard drive. Also, BC Google Drive offers you an unlimited amount of space to store files. Learn more at: www.bc.edu/backup

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