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Computer Account Information

A user account will give you full access to the student computer labs on the Winthrop University campus, including 100 MB of hard drive space on the server, space to create a personal web page, and access to the lab printers. You will also receive a web-based E-mail account.

If you do not already have a user account, click on New Account Request under "Student Services" in the left menu.

SECTION I: From the computer labs

This information is for use in the labs ONLY. This is not for use in residence halls.


Once you have your account, you can log on to the lab computers. Follow the on-screen instructions until you get to the point where you are asked for a username and password. Enter your personal username and password in the appropriate blank. If your lab computer has a third box labeled DOMAIN, make sure ACC is selected.


If you forget your password or need to change your password, click on Password Reset under "Student Services" in the left menu.


When you log on with your user account information, the computer will automatically connect to your private network storage space. Your space will be on the Z: drive. To save work to the Z: drive, click SAVE in whatever program you are using and change the drive letter to Z:. To open a document saved to the Z: drive, click OPEN in the program and change the drive letter to Z:. You have 100 MB of space available on this drive. You will be notified when your space runs low. When you receive a message about low disk space, backup older files to a disk and delete them from your Z: drive.


Winthrop University uses a pay-as-you-go system where all print jobs going to a lab printer are deducted from a user’s quota. The cost of a print job is deducted as soon as the job is submitted and regardless of the final outcome. In fact, print jobs that jam in the printer are still deducted from a user’s quota.

At the beginning of each semester, each user quota is refreshed with a free $10 allowance. This allowance is designed to cover basic printing needs as well as all potential system problems that may happen during the semester.

Replenishing a quota is very easy and convenient. The whole process is Web based and takes effect immediately. Simply go to Print Activity and follow the instructions.


When you are finished using the computer, you must log off. You can log off by either double-clicking the LOGOFF icon on the desktop or clicking the start button, then selecting Logoff. If you do not log off, anyone can come along and access the files on your hard drive space and deplete your print quota. Winthrop University and the ACC are not responsible for accounts left logged on.

SECTION II: From your Residence Hall

This information is for use from your residence hall. Winthrop University is not responsible for your personal software or data.

Before you use the information in this section, you must have already configured your computer for use on the Winthrop network.


  1. Make sure that your computer is configured to be part of the “ACC” workgroup. Do not attempt to “join” the ACC domain. If you need assistance making your computer part of a workgroup, please consult the Windows help system.
  2. Log on to your computer with the same username and password you use in the labs.
  3. Right-click on the My Computer icon and select Map Network Drive.
  4. Select Z: for your drive.
  5. In the “Path” or “Folder” box, type \\\<username> replacing username with your actual username. For example, if your username is smithj2, you would type your path as \\\smithj2.
  6. Check the box that says Reconnect at logon. This way, it will reconnect every time you turn on the computer and you do not have to follow these directions every time you want to connect.

Now you can access your network storage (Z: drive) from your residence hall just like from the computer labs.


This feature is available from any computer connected to the campus network and running Windows 2000 or above.

Follow steps 3, 4 and 5 listed above and then:

  • Click on the different user name link.
  • Enter your username as acc\<username>. For example, if your username is smithj2, you would enter acc\smithj2.
  • Enter your password and click OK.
  • Click on Finish.

NOTE: Only one user can be connected to his or her Z: drive from the same computer at the same time.

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