IT Tips

Windows XP Users

Users running Windows XP on their computers must download Cisco Clean Access in order to gain access to the NCCU School of Law Network. Users running Windows 7 do not need to download software.
Download Cisco Clean Access.

Install Microsoft’s Compatibility Pack to Convert Older Microsoft Office Documents

By installing the Compatibility Pack in addition to Microsoft Office 2000, Office XP, or Office 2003, you will be able to open, edit and save files using the file formats new to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007. The Compatibility Pack can also be used in conjunction with the Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003, Excel Viewer 2003, and PowerPoint Viewer 2003 to view files saved in these new formats.

Download Microsoft’s Compatibility Pack.

Defrag Your Computer’s Hard Drive

Windows comes with a collection of house cleaning tools, including Scan Disk, Disk Defragmenter and Disk Cleanup, to help keep your disk in peak working order.

Why Should You Bother?

First, disks are hard working, mechanical devices and, like all mechanical devices, prone to failure. A little preventative maintenance can warn you of potential problems and fix minor glitches before they can do damage to your data.

Second, the way files are organized on your drive has an impact on the performance of your computer. If your files are stored neatly, end-to-end, without fragmentation, reading and writing to the disk is speedier.

Read more about fragmentation.

Back Up Your Data

We suggest that you only use your flash drive, thumb drive or memory stick as a temporary storage place for your files. We also recommend that you store your important documents and files on a CD Rom or DVD Rom disk, and keep that disk in a safe place.

Learn how to back up your computer.

Avoid Unnecessary Downloads

Avoid downloading unnecessary software. Many files may contain a virus or malicious ware, which can damage or corrupt your computer’s operating system or hard drive.

Other ways to speed up your computer.