Minimum and Recommended Computer Configurations

To meet the requirements of commonly used software and to use the Internet effectively, your computer should meet the following MINIMUM hardware requirements.

It is highly recommended that students check with their college or degree department to see if there are additional recommendations specific to their line of study.

**Note** Due to lack of compatibility with many of our learning tools Google Chromebooks and Pixelbooks are not recommended.

Windows OS - Minimum Device Requirements

  • Processor: 1 GHz 32 bit, 2 GHz Dual Core or better 64 bit recommended
  • Operating system: Windows 10 (version 1709) or higher
  • Disk space: 80 GB hard drive minimum; 250 GB or more recommended with at least 25 GB available space
  • Memory (RAM):  Minimum 4GB; 8GB or more recommended
  • For networking: TCP/IP. Wireless 802.11 a/g/n (WPA2 compatible).
  • Audio Output

Windows Upgrade Advisor

To check your computer to see if it can run a newer version of windows you can download a program from Microsoft called the Windows Upgrade Advisor. It can check your computers hardware and software and advise you on what components will not run under an updated version. Currently the only Windows operating systems that are supported by FAU are  Windows 8.1, & Windows 10 (1709 or later).

Windows 10 (version 1703 and earlier), Windows 7, Windows 8, Vista, and Windows XP and earlier, are no longer supported as they are end of life and not eligible for security patches per Microsoft.

Apple OSX - Minimum Device Requirements

  • Processor: G4 minimum; Intel Core(duo) 2 Ghz or better recommended
  • Operating system: Minimum Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra); Mac OS 10.13 (High Sierra) or later versions recommended
  • Disk space: 80 GB hard drive minimum; 200 GB or more recommended
  • Memory (RAM): Minimum 4GB, 8GB or more recommended
  • For networking Open Transport (TCP/IP control panel. Wireless 802.11 a/g/n (WPA2 compatible).

Whether you have a Windows or a Macintosh computer, you would need a 10 Base-T Ethernet adapter card for a wired connection. Most desktop computers already have network cards built-in.

wireless network card (most often built-in on laptops) supporting 802.11g standards is needed for wireless connectivity (802.11n is recommended). 

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