Preparing for your new or rebuilt UND-owned computer

Warning! This information does not apply to student, faculty, or staff privately owned computers, only computers that are owned by UND and paid for by departments. View information on purchasing and procurement.

What to expect with your new or rebuilt UND-owned computer

 
  • You should hear from the technician preparing your machine. Some questions they will ask include:
    • What programs or applications do you need?
    • Do you need to connect to any local or network printers?
    • Is your contact information and location correct?
    • When are you available to meet for the deployment?
  • Do you need to move any saved files from a different computer to your new one?
  • Do you need to export browser bookmarks from another computer into your new one?

On your old/other computer

Back up your files with OneDrive

Drag and Drop to OneDrive for Business online

  1. Log into your Office 365 email online at: http://mail.office365.com/How do I log into Office 365 Email?
  2. You have 3 options to locate OneDrive for Business, 1. select from the shown app list, 2. click the waffle icon in the top-left and select, or 3. enter "OneDrive" in the search and select.

Locate onedrive

  1. When OneDrive for Business opens on the main page, drag and drop files from your computer into the white space on the main page.
  2. A small window will appear confirming that your files have been uploaded.

Conformation that the file has been uploaded

Set up the OneDrive for Business app on your old computer

As a NDUS user, you are provided with OneDrive for Business, complete with 1 TB of storage at your disposal. OneDrive stores your files in the cloud and can be accessed through multiple devices at any time with the app. Install OneDrive for Business.

  1. In the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar, right-click the OneDrive for Business blue cloud icon, and then click Settings. (You might need to select the Show hidden icons arrow ( The Show hidden icons button. ) next to the notification area to see the OneDrive for Business icon.)

    Select show hidden icons

  2. On the popup menu, select Settings.

Click settings

  1. Now select the Backup tab and Manage Backup.

Select backup and manage backup

  1. In the Back up your folders dialog box, select all the folders that have files you want to move to your new PC.

    Screenshot of the Set up protection of important folders dialog box in OneDrive

  2. Select Start backup.

  3. If you have files outside of your DocumentsPictures, and Desktop folders that you want to move to your new PC, use Windows Explorer. Press Windows key +E to open Windows Explorer and browse to the folders you want to move. Drag them to OneDrive for Business in the left pane.

  4. In the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar, hover over the OneDrive for Business blue cloud icon to check the status of the files uploading to OneDrive for Business.

    Important: Make sure that you keep your PC connected to the Internet until all your files are finished uploading and the cloud icon says "Up to date." If an error appears, click the cloud icon for more info about what went wrong and how to fix it.

Export your browser bookmarks

Google 

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More.
  3. Select Bookmarks and then Bookmark Manager.
  4. At the top, click More More and then Export Bookmarks.

Chrome exports your bookmarks as an HTML file. Use this file to import your bookmarks into another browser.

Firefox

  1. Click the Library button 57 library icon , then click Bookmarks. Scroll to the bottom and click Show all Bookmarks.

  2. From the toolbar on the Library window, click Import and Backup and choose Export Bookmarks to HTML....
    Exporting HTML Bookmarks
  3. In the Export Bookmarks File window that opens, choose a location to save the file, which is named bookmarks.html by default. The desktop is usually a good spot, but any place that is easy to remember will work.
  4. Click the Save button. The Export Bookmarks File window will close.
  5. Close the Library window.

Edge

  1. Open Edge browser. ...
  2. Click on "..." top right of the screen, then click on Settings, the last option) - under the Import favorites and other info section, click on Import from another browser 
  3. Click the Export to file button to open a Save as dialog window.
  4. Enter a name for the HTML file containing favorites
  5. Select a location to save the file before clicking the Save button (by default, the Edge browser saves the HTML file with Microsoft_Edge_Favorites_date name in the Documents folder).

Safari

  1. Open Safari
  2. Select the File menu and select Export Bookmarks (Figure 1)
  3. Enter a file name if you want to name the file something other than Safari Bookmarks. Choose a save location if you want to store the file someplace other than your Documents folder
  4. Select Save

On your new computer

Set up OneDrive for Business

If you haven't yet set up your new PC, follow the steps that appear on the screens to complete Windows setup, making sure you connect the PC to the Internet during the process. When prompted, sign in with your NDUS identifier and password..

Screenshot of Protect your files with OneDrive in Windows 10 setup

If you click Next all the way through Windows setup, including on the "Protect your files with OneDrive" screen, you'll be able to browse your files in File Explorer after setup finishes. The files from your Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders on your old computer will appear automatically in those locations on your new computer.

File Explorer in Windows 10 with Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders in OneDrive

Move your browser bookmarks

Most browsers now support syncing across devices by logging into your browser. This option only works for those that have previously setup the browser syncing options on the old computer. These instructions are to manually backup and transfer browser data like bookmarks.

Google

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More.
  3. Select Bookmarks and then Import Bookmarks and Settings.
  4. Select the program that contains the bookmarks you'd like to import.
  5. Click Import.
  6. Click Done.

Firefox

  1. Click the Library button 57 library icon , then click Bookmarks. Scroll to the bottom and click Show all Bookmarks.
  2. From the toolbar on the Library window, click Import and Backup and choose Import Bookmarks from HTML.... 

Importing HTML Bookmarks

  1. Within the Import Bookmarks File window that opens, navigate to the bookmarks HTML file you are importing and select the file.
  2. Click the Open button. The Import Bookmarks File window will close.
  3. Close the Library window.

Edge

  1. Close the Microsoft Edge app.
  2. Open Run and execute %localappdata%
  3. Open \Packages \Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe \AC \MicrosoftEdge \User \Default.
  4. Paste the Favorites folder into the Default folder.
  5. Open the Microsoft Edge app and your favorites will be loaded.

Safari

  1. Open Safari
  2. Select the File menu and select Import Bookmarks
  3. Find the file you exported, select it, and then select Import

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