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Please consider the minimum specifications carefully.  It is also important to note that if you want a personal computer that will last your entire college career, you will need to purchase a computer system that does more than meet the minimum specifications.  Computer software and hardware are developing at an incredible pace, and as such we review our specifications each year.


Required Minimum Computer Hardware Specifications:
  • A processor with a Passmark rating of 1,200 or greater
  • 120 Gigabyte hard drive or larger
  • DVD Drive
  • 4 GB memory 
  • USB Memory Drive
  • Integrated Wireless 802.11 b/g or b/g/n network card.

Required Operating System:
  • Windows Vista (Business, Enterprise, or Ultimate)
  • Windows 7 (Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate)
  • Windows 8 (Basic, Professional, or Enterprise)
  • Windows 8.1 (Basic, Professional, or Enterprise)
    • Older versions (example Windows XP) are past end of life, are no longer supported by Microsoft and cannot be used on campus.

Optional items:
  • Spare battery (Highly recommended)
  • Application Software:
    • Microsoft Office 2013 (available through campus licensing on
      (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher) 


Required Operating System:
  • OS X 10.4 (Tiger)
  • OS X 10.5 (Leopard)
  • OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) 
  • OS X 10.7 (Lion)
  • OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
  • OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)

Optional items:
  • Spare battery (Highly recommended)
  • Application Software:


*  Systems that do not meet ALL requirements will not be granted network access. Network access includes access to the Internet, network drives and storage, and network printers. Joining DWU’s domain will be required to access any network resources.