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Knowledgebase : Windows > Windows 7



This tip sheet details the process of forgetting wireless networks in Windows 7, useful if you'd like to change a stored password or stop a network from automatically connecting.


Forgetting the Wireless Network:


  1. Start Network and Sharing Center in the control panel. The control pane can be accessed in the Start Menu on the lower left.



  1. In the Tasks pane, click Manage wireless networks.



  1. In the Network table, please select the existing profiles and click Remove. Or right-click the connection you want to delete, and then click Remove network.



  1. In the Manage Wireless Networks - Warning dialog box, click OK.



The connection is removed from the list of wireless connections that you can view or modify. To reconnect to the network, you must be in range and be able to see the network in the list of available networks via the WiFi icon in the lower right toolbar.



Maintained by the IT Help Desk - Last revised 3/28/16

How to Access from a Campus PC

  1. When logged in to a campus PC (such as in the Scribner Library, Case Center, Student Lounges), there is a Datastor folder located on the main Desktop screen. Double-click on this folder.
  2. If there is no Datastor folder located on the main Desktop screen, please follow the steps in the next section.
  3. Datastor will open a window asking you to choose which folder in the Datastor you would like to access.
  4. You will only be able to access folders for which you have permissions. Please see the IT Help Desk if you need to be given permission to a folder.
  5. If you are a student attempting to access your personal folder, you can either find the “Students” folder within this window or you can instead double-click on the on folder on the Desktop labeled “Students (Datastor)” (only on a Campus PC).
  6. Once inside, there are two places you might find your personal folder. If you are in the Class of 2018 or earlier, you will find your folder inside the folder of your class year. If you are in the Class of 2019 or later, you will find your folder in the large list.
  7. Personal folders are listed alphabetically by Skidmore username. Locate your folder by looking for the username that matches your Skidmore e-mail address.
  8. Once inside your personal folder, you can store any files and create your own folders to keep it organized. Your folder is accessible from any campus computer (Mac/PC) and from any personal computer (instructions in the next section).


How to Access from a Personal PC

  1. When logged in to a personal PC, make sure that you are connected to the internet using either Ethernet (provided at workstations in the Scribner Library with a blue cable) or the SkidmoreSecure network. If you do not know how to connect to the SkidmoreSecure network, please see the Knowledge Base or come to the IT Help Desk.

  2. Once connected, right-click on the in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen and select “Run” from the list.

  3. When this window pops up, type “\\” and click OK (Note the two backslashes rather than slashes: use \\ and not //).

  4. If you are asked to log in, enter your Skidmore username and password. Do not enter in the username field. If you are following along from Step 2 in the previous section, you will not need to enter your username and password, as you are already logged in to the computer with these credentials.

  5. You can now follow the instructions from the previous section beginning at Step 3.



Skidmore employs a technique through Group Policy to prevent harmful viruses from installing themselves on campus computers. This helps keep our computers safe from malicious attacks, but these tactics can sometimes prevent legitimate programs from installing. Please read on to learn how to circumvent this to install programs you’ve verified as safe. In our example, we’ll be using a firefox installer to setup the Firefox web browser.


Installing 7-Zip for Extraction


7-Zip is an excellent tool for extracting files and folders, and will be our program of choice in this guide. If you already have another extraction tool installed, such as WinRAR, you can use this as well to achieve the same results.


7-Zip can be downloaded from the official website at:



Using 7-Zip to Extract the Installer


Once 7-Zip has been installed, there are two ways to extract your program’s installer file to access the setup utility. The first, and most convenient, is to locate the file in the file explorer, and right click on it to reveal the contextual menu. In this menu, move your move over the “7-Zip” option to display another dropdown:




From here, you can select the extraction option you prefer. “Extract files…” will allow you to choose the location of file extraction. However, you can also simply choose to extract the file to a new folder in the current location of the file, saving time and energy. In our example, choosing the Extract to “Firefox setup 40.0.2\” will do so.




If this option does not appear for you, however, you can open up the 7-Zip File Manager through the start menu by pressing the start button in the lower left hand corner, searching “7-Zip” and clicking on the associated icon as shown below:




From here, you’ll see a list of folders. Navigate to your file, highlight it, and press the “Extract” button indicated by the orange 1. You’ll see a pop-up window appear as indicated below—press the “OK” button as indicated by the orange 2. if you’re satisfied with this location.



Installing the Program Using the Extracted Files


Now, in the location of the original file, you will find another installer, typically named Setup.exe—please run this, and your program should install without being blocked by group policy!





Success! If you have any issues during this process, please feel free to call or stop by the IT Help Desk.


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Software center is a utility for quickly acquiring software without requesting IT intervention. To take advantage of this program, please see our guide below!



Utilizing Software Center


First, open the start menu in the lower left hand corner:




Next, select the “all programs” option:






From there, scroll to the folder labelled "Microsoft System Center 2012 R2" and click to open this, as well as the subfolder labelled "Configuration Manager." Click on "Software Center" to open the program.





Once you've successfully opened Software Center, you should see the following:





Here, you can select software to download by checking boxes to the left of the desired program(s) and pressing the "install" button. The program will then automatically download and install the desired programs!



Maintained by the IT Help Desk - Last revised 7/22/15