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Getting started at UCI   -  Computing

by Lisa Preble, Engineering Instructional Lab Manager,

Campus computing help:

Engineering Software      Http://   


Start Here – Register for Mobile Access (Wi-Fi)

  1. Visit the website below.

  2. OIT Mobile Access

Checking your Google Apps Account

  1. Visit:

  2. Select Log into Gmail or other app.

  3. If you cannot log in, go to: 

  4. If not go back to and select Activate and set a Password

Checking your Email Account

    Getting started with EMail for UCI Students

    If you want to forward your email to a personal gmail account, you would use this link. 

Get VPN working so you can use library resources from off-campus.
    •  VPN encrypts your network connection so use it at insecure wireless locations.
    • Install the Software VPN on your laptop.

SAVE THIS do your google drive

  • Download page
  • Click "save to drive"
  • Or, select File, Print, then Save to Google Drive as PDF.
  • Why? So you can remember what you did and also make sure you can save to your google drive easily.

Check your Antivirus Software

  1. Visit UCI's anti-virus page.

  2. Enable Microsoft Security Essentials or Microsoft Defender.

CCleaner – Cleaning your PC and keeping it Fast

  1. Visit the website below:


  3. Click the Free Download Link, which will scroll down to an option menu in which you can choose which version is right for you.

  4. Click the Free Download Link

  5. Next click the Download Button located under the CCleaner Free option.

  6. DOWNLOAD FROM PIRIFORM!!  (do not use filehippo)

  7. ccsetup508.exe will be downloaded

  8. Next open the executable

  9. Click Next, Then Install, and finally click Finish.

  10. Use CCleaner to clean up temporary files. Click Cleaner, Analyze, Run Cleaner.

  11. Use CCleaner to clean up register. Click Registry, Scan for issues, Fix Selected Issues.

Malwarebytes – Keeping your PC free of Malware

  1. Visit:

  2. Open the executable you just downloaded

  3. Click OK on the select language page, then click next and accept the terms and agreements.

  4. Click next till you get to the install page and then click install

MS Office for Students


To receive your copy of the software, you must have an account of the form "" on the Wolfram Mathematica Portal website: If you do not already have a account at that site, please go there and create one.

  1. Login to the Wolfram User Portal for Students.
  2. Specify your Department from the pulldown menu. If yours isn't listed, choose Other and enter it in the field.
  3. Select the product "Mathematica for Students for Sites."
  4. Enter your Anticipated Graduation date using the pulldown menus and then select Submit.
  5. Follow the steps on the next page to begin the download. The software will come with a key allowing its use for a limited period of time, initially 15 days.
Contact OIT for assistance. 

R Software and R Studio (especially for Biology Majors)

Engineers, ICS, & STEM students who need MS Project, Visio, and/or Visual Studio

Visit the Azure Dev Tools for Teaching site

  1. Visit:

  2. Log in with your Microsoft Office Account
  3. Use this guide to download and install software

Creating a MathWorks Account – MatLab Activation

  1. Visit:

  2. Click the MathWorks Account link

  3. Now register for a Mathworks account using your email address.

  4. You will be using this later to activate your MatLab Download.