Computer System Requirements

Hardware Requirements

Windows Based Systems

Windows XP (minimum)

  • (XP will cease to be supported by Microsoft April 2014)
  • Pentium 233-megahertz (MHz) processor or faster (300+ MHz is recommended)
  • At least 64 megabytes (MB) of RAM (128 MB is recommended)
  • At least 1.5 gigabytes (GB) of available space on the hard disk
  • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive (Recommended)
  • Keyboard and a Microsoft Mouse or some other compatible pointing device
  • Video adapter and monitor with Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher resolution
  • Sound card
  • Speakers or headphones

Vista

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) of system memory (512 megabytes (MB) for Home Basic)
  • 40 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space (20 GB for Home Basic)
  • Support for DirectX 9 graphics with WDDM and 128 MB of graphics memory (32
  • MB for Home Basic)
  • DVD drive
  • Audio Output with speakers or headphones

Windows 7 (recommended Windows system)

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
  • DVD drive
  • Audio Output with speakers or headphones

Macintosh Systems

Macintosh capable of running OS X (minimum).
Macintosh capable of running OS X 10.5 and higher recommended

ALL systems require ability to save to external storage such as USB drive, and have a printer.

Software Requirements

Web Browser

  • Firefox 10 or higher
  • Safari 5.0 or higher
  • Internet Explorer 8 or higher
  • Chrome (newest version)

Web Browser Plugins:

  • Java, Flash, Adobe Reader – Current version.
  • JavaScript and Cookies must be enabled.

Mobile Web

  • Android 2.2 and higher
  • iOS 5.1 and higher

Programs may have additional requirements. These will be provided by your instructor.