Laptop Software Policy

All students separating from the college are responsible for deleting/removing all institutionally owned software from their laptops upon departure.

You are no longer licensed to use any Olin owned/licensed software including:

  • Olin site licensed software such as Matlab and Solidworks
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection - you should have a personal copy of antivirus software
  • All programs that are licensed for the cloud from Microsoft and Adobe will stop functioning as the licensing will be expired. Be sure to move any cloud files to a more accessible location.

Microsoft Security Essentials is free antivirus/anti malware product provided by Microsoft that should serve most students needs in replacing the institutionally-owned Symantec that comes installed on all Olin-maintained computers.

Please note that all network based applications that connect to a server for a license key will no longer work.

How to reset your laptop to the Windows 10 factory image

Before doing the steps below make sure you have all your data backed up on an external source i.e. thumb drive, external hard drive, or cloud storage. This process will delete all data and user accounts. When completed your laptop will be like it was out of the box from Dell. We recommend using this method to “refresh” you laptop to give it a longer life after graduation.

1. Click Start , then type “reset.”

2. Select Reset this PC (System Setting).

3. Under Advanced Startup, select Restart now.

4. At the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot.

5. Select Factory Image Restore.

6. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the reset process. This takes some time and your computer will restart.

Once the reset process is complete you will need to setup your system, simply follow the onscreen instructions. If you are signing in with a Microsoft account that account will be used via Microsoft support for password recovery. If you don’t have a Microsoft account you want to use, we recommend making a secondary local administrator account as a backup in case you forget the password for your primary account. You can do this by doing the following:

1. Click Start , then type “users“.

2. Expand the Local Users and Groups section.

3. Select Users, and then Action at the top of the window, and click New User.

4. Create username and password for the account and click Create.

5. Click on Groups on the left in the Computer Management window, then double click Administrators.

6. On the next window click Add, type in the name of the new account you just made and click Okay.