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Computer Requirements

Below are the requirements for connecting a computer to the campus network.

All computers must meet the minimum requirements to receive ITS assistance connecting to the USD network. If purchasing a new computer, ITS recommends exceeding those minimum requirements for optimum performance. 

Requirements may change at any time. Please refer to this page before making any computer purchases.

Some academic programs will require a laptop or tablet computer. To ensure you have a computer that will meet your academic needs, please review the Academic Requirements.

Suggested Windows Requirements
Operating System  Recommended  Minimum
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 8
 Not Allowed
  • Linux
  • Windows 98/2000/ME/XP
CPU  Recommended
 Minimum
  • Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Intel Quad-Core
  • Intel i-series
  • 1.6 GHz or above or less than 4 years old
Memory  Recommended
 Minimum
  • 4 GB
  • 2 GB
Hard Drive
 REQUIRED:
 10 GB Free
Ethernet Adapter
 REQUIRED:
 100/1000 Base-T
Wireless
 REQUIRED:
 802.11g/n

Suggested Mac Requirements
Operating System  Recommended  Minimum
  • Mac OSX 10.8
  • Mac OSX 10.9
  • Mac OSX 10.7
CPU  Recommended
 Minimum
  • Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Intel Quad-Core
  • Intel i-series
  • 1.6 GHz or less than 3 years old
Memory  Recommended
 Minimum
  • 4 GB
  • 2 GB
Hard Drive
 REQUIRED:
 10 GB Free
Ethernet Adapter
 REQUIRED:
 100/1000 Base-T
Wireless
 REQUIRED:
 802.11g/n