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The College of Business operates in a PC environment. All business students need access to a laptop computer that runs Windows, meets other minimum capabilities, and can be brought to class when there is in-class computer usage. Students enrolled in all online business courses must also have access to a computer (laptop or desktop) that runs Windows and meets the college's minimum requirements. See below for the COB's minimum laptop requirements.
Minimum COB Laptop Requirements
|Processor||Core i5 2.5 Ghz or higher
|Operating System||Windows 10|
|Software||Microsoft Office 2016, Up-to-date virus protection|
|Memory||8 GB RAM or higher
|Hard Drive||250 GB or higher
|Network Interface||100/1000 gigabit ethernet|
|Wireless Capability||802.11 G or N compatible|
|Battery||Extended life battery*|
*You should have a battery with at least 6-8 hours of capacity since not all classrooms have electrical plug-ins.
UW-Eau Claire has negotiated educational pricing on Dell computers for faculty/staff/student personal purchases.
Apple offers standard academic discounts to UW-Eau Claire for faculty/staff/student personal purchases. A Macintosh that can run Windows will meet the college's minimum computing requirements.
Do you already own a laptop PC? Make sure it meets the College of Business's minimum computing specifications.
Want to upgrade an already purchased PC? We suggest you first purchase additional RAM, then increase the size of the hard drive. These upgrade items will most affect enhanced performance.
Mac users have access to Microsoft Windows via UW-Eau Claire's virtual environment. The virtual environment allows students to access many software titles from general access labs, including SAP, Oracle, Visual Studio, Visio, Microsoft Office, as well as many other titles. Your UW-Eau Claire network drives are automatically mapped after you log in (remember to only save to network drives or USB flash drives). Get started here.
There are a few other options for College of Business students who already own an Apple laptop, but are required to have access to a laptop running Windows. Please note: It will be the student's responsibility to have either of these options pre-installed before they begin their classes. The College of Business will not install Windows on Macs.
Boot Camp is an Apple application that allows users to run both Windows and Mac on the same piece of hardware.
Requirement: Intel Processor
VMware Fusion and Parallels are two products that an Apple user can purchase to install on the Mac operating system. Both applications allow users to run Windows within an application through the Mac OS.
NOTE: When running the Windows OS through the Mac OS, this process is very hardware intensive and users may experience slow performance.
Requirements: Intel Processor, Minimum 2GB of RAM, and 400MB of Free Disk Space
While printers are available on campus, the College of Business recommends that you purchase a desktop printer for added convenience.
The College of Business recommends you use Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016 software. You can purchase this software and other popular software packages at substantial discounts through the Wisconsin Integrated Software Catalog. You can also download Microsoft Office for free from Office 365. Other options are available by registering through the UWEC On The Hub Software Store for installing software on your personal computers for free (or at a low cost).
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