Welcome Back Angels!

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Welcome back Angels and congratulations on completing the first full week of classes for the new school year!

Your Hi-Tech Halo team is here again to give you another year full of tips, info, and tech news, so follow us here and on Twitter @meredithtech to keep up-to-date!

If you need help with your NetID, your email, your passwords, or information on how to download Office 365, come visit us in the Noel House behind BDH. If you’re having trouble printing, make sure to download the print drivers (instructions!) and if you’re still having trouble, come on by and we’ll be happy to help!

Here’s to another year as Meredith Angels who are:

going strong

Print Drivers, Print Drivers! Get ‘em While They’re Hot!

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It’s that time of year again – finals week! That’s right Angels, the school year is coming to a close. We know you must be as excited as we are – the end is in sight, and summer vacation is so close you can smell it. But wait, you still have a paper due before you can be free. Well that’s fine, you’ll get it done in time, but how will you print it?

If you want to use the Meredith printers around campus and in the dorms, you need to download the proper print drivers! Drivers are little pieces of software that act like a translator to help your computer and the printer talk to each other. If the drivers on your computer are out of date, it can’t communicate with the printer.

No worries! Follow these simple steps to download the latest print drivers:

Step 1:  Log into your MyMeredith account. my.meredith.edu

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Step 2:  Once you are logged in, click on the tab called Copy Center

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Step 3:  Scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see a section called Print Drivers.  You will need to either click Windows Drivers or Mac Drivers depending on what type of computer you have.

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Step 4:  After you have clicked one of the two links a new page will open up with several print driver options. Choose “MC Printer install 2013″ – click on the words to begin.

Step 5: Save the file. If it does not automatically begin running, click on the file in your downloads to begin.

 

   Step 6: Select “Yes” when prompted, then “Install” to begin installing.

Step 7: When the installation is complete, select “Finish”.

Congratulations! You now have the most up-to-date print drivers for the Meredith printers! This is the best way to always get the latest updates, so check back if you suspect yours are no longer correct.

How-To: Change Your Net Password

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It’s what we’ve all been waiting for: Net IDs have arrived! That’s right, as of April 16th, your username and password for WebAdvisor, MyMeredith, the Copy Center, Elucian Go, and Course Eval are one and the same, and are known as your Net ID and Net password.

Your Net ID is the first part of your Meredith email address. Your Net ID password was either set by you earlier in WebAdvisor, or emailed to you in April by Tech Services. If you did not set your password and did not receive an email, come by the help desk with your camcard.

So, now that you have your Net password, how do you manage it? What if you want to change it? What if you completely forget what it is? Go to: netid.meredith.edu!

jvfvfykyukHere you can reset your password if you have forgotten it or just change it to something new! Click the first button if you need to reset your password, and the bottom if you know your password and just want to manage.

I’m an Employee – What Should I Do on April 16th?

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We’ve talked a lot about what students should expect on April 16th, but what about employees? Will they be affected at all? The answer – yes!

NetIDs and Net Passwords will go into effect for all employees on April 16th. Accounts affected will include Web Advisor, MyMeredith/Blackboard, and Course Eval. Here is a quick look at which accounts will use which logins:

 

NetID and Net password:

  • Meredith Gmail – gmail.meredith.edu
  • Web Advisor – advisor.meredith.edu
  • MyMeredith/Blackboard – my.meredith.edu/courses.meredith.edu
  • VPN – Installed on computer
  • Informer – informer.meredith.edu
  • Course Eval – evals.meredith.edu
  • Copy Center – copyshop.meredith.edu
  • Ellucian Go! – Mobile app
  • Change NetID Password – netid.meredith.edu

NetID and password set by user:

  • Datatel Colleague – produi.meredith.edu

Email address and password set by user:

  • ManageMyID – managemyid.meredith.edu

 

Don’t think you know your NetID info? You do! Your NetID is the portion before the @ in your Meredith email, and you are currently using your Net Password for email, Informer, and VPN. If you have issues or still do not know your NetID login information, come to the helpdesk with a photo ID.

Which Windows Operating System Am I Running?

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Which Windows Operating System Am I Running?

Every PC is different and some have different versions of Microsoft’s Operating Systems, but how do you tell which one you have? Each operating system has a different look. If you simply follow the steps in the link above (the title) you will go to a page that tells you how each system works — that way you can figure out which system you have and whether or not you have Windows XP, which loses its technical assistance April 8th.

Windows Operating Systems:

1. Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1

2. Windows 8 or Windows RT

3. Windows 7 or Windows Vista

4. Windows XP (no longer available after April 8th)

 

The link is also below:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/which-operating-system

 

Microsoft No Longer Supports Windows XP

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Microsoft No Longer Supports Windows XP

For over 12 years Microsoft has been supporting Windows XP. Sadly, the day has come where new innovations must take place. Windows XP is thus kicked out the door to make room for those innovations. After April 8th, there will no longer be technical assistance available to Windows XP users. Microsoft will stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download, and updates will no longer be available.

Your computer will continue to work if you have Windows XP, but your computer will be at higher security risk for viruses and as updates are made for hardware and software, you will find that many of the newer apps will not work for Windows XP.

How do you stay protected and up to date? All you have to do is either upgrade your current PC or get a new PC.

Follow the link for more information.

MyMeredith: What’s Happening to Blackboard

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Blackboard is getting a new look and evolving into: MyMeredith! On March 31st 2014, courses.meredith.edu, a.k.a. the Blackboard login page, will change from this:

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to this:

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Don’t worry! You’re in the right place! Just use your normal Blackboard login info in the section in the top-right:

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So what will the new look feature? Many things, including:

  • Blackboard courses
  • Clubs & Committees
  • Student news & Updates
  • Technology resources
  • Meredith community info
  • And even more!

MyMeredith is easy to navigate and has much more to offer than what was available on Blackboard. All of your normal Blackboard functions such as classes and notifications will still appear. In addition, the top row of tabs provides access to pages devoted to accounting, campus police, the copy center, health services, and the registrar! Courses, clubs, etc. appear on the main page in sections called “modules” which can be dragged and dropped around the page to suit your personal taste.

 

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As MyMeredith continues to be used, it will grow and begin including more links and modules to help you keep Going Strong!