Windows First Time Computer Setup

The following article will guide you through the process of setting up your computer and installing your most used applications using the Software Center app.

Step 1 - Setup your new Windows computer and log in  

The first time your computer starts, Microsoft Autopilot walks you through the steps needed to Sign into Microsoft with your full Bowdoin email address and then Bowdoin's Okta sign on page to setup your device.   Please be patient and read the prompts carefully.  

At the Other user login screen, sign in with your User name (without @bowdoin.edu).  Once you are logged and the Desktop displays, your computer will continue to configure in the background will prompt you to install updates.  We suggest waiting 15 minutes before continuing to the next step.

Step 2 - Install apps from Software Center for Windows

The following apps have been pre-installed: Microsoft Office, OneDrive, Teams, Druva inSync and Cisco AnyConnect VPN.

Additional software can be self-installed using Software Center for Windows.  For directions, see Related Articles or click here.

The Make Me Admin app may be used if administrator credentials are needed.  (See the Related Articles section).

Step 3 - Launch Apps and sign-in 

After the Druva inSync data restore has completed, reboot your computer and then launch and sign-in to these frequently used apps:

  • Outlook - For directions, see Related Articles or click here
  • OneDrive - For directions, see Related Articles or click here
  • Teams - For directions, see Related Articles or click here
  • Adobe Creative Cloud - For directions, see Related Articles or click here
  • Set Default Programs - For directions, see Related Articles or click here
  • Install printers - For directions, see Related Articles or click here

If you need further assistance, please contact the technician assigned to your ticket or the Bowdoin College Service Desk