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Computer Recommendations

Recommended Computer Specifications

Itasca Community College is a Windows® campus.  We encourage you to bring a computer to campus and recommend one with Windows 7.  Any computer capable of running Windows 7  should be adequate for general academic computing purposes.  Students in programs involved in graphic intensive software applications (CADD/GIS/Engineering/Video Editing) may require faster computers with more RAM.  In these cases, the Program Director should be consulted for minimum computer specifications.

Our IT staff can provide technical support on issues related to Windows XP, Windows 7 and we are getting up to speed on Windows 8.  While Macintosh computers coexist fine on our Network, we can provide little support for end users and their Mac hardware.  Other bring your own devices (BYOD) are welcome on campus, and we provide Internet access to them as well.

If you are planning to purchase a Windows 8 based computer, make sure it will run the software you want to run on it.  We cannot assure that any software used by the academic programs will be compatible with Windows 8.

If you have any questions, please call our helpdesk at 218.322.2440

Recommended Software

Web Browser: We recommend that you use Internet Explorer as your primary browser for our academic leaning systems and for resources that we provide to you.  Firefox and Chrome are supported as well, but IE is recommended.

Office Suite
: We provide all students with online version of Microsoft Office.  The current version is a bit limited, but an upgraded version is coming during fall semester.  You may want to try this out before purchasing Office software.  LibreOffice is a very good alternative to Microsoft Office, and is free to download, install and use.  It is compatible with all office suite software packages.

– We recommend that you install Microsoft Security Essentials to protect your computer from viruses and malware.