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Preparing Your Computer for the UVM Network

Preparing Your Computer for the UVM Network

If you bring a computer with you...

You can avoid many potential problems by purchasing a computer through the UVM Bookstore's Tech Depot, since we can best help you with a computer configured for UVM and which we are certified to repair. If you do bring a computer with you, we recommend the following specifications*:

  • Dual-core, 64-bit processor
  • 6 GB memory (RAM)
  • Windows 10, Mac OS X 10.12 "Sierra"; minimum: Windows 7 Pro or OS X 10.11 "El Capitan"
    • Not supported: Windows XP or earlier, Windows Vista; Mac OS X 10.8 or earlier ; Linux
  • Wi-Fi Network adapter for laptops
    • 802.11b/g/n recommended. (Wi-Fi may not be available in all areas.)
  • Ethernet port (optional)
    • Ethernet cable minimum length of 25 feet if used in residence halls.

USB storage devices such as external hard drives or thumb drives are recommended for backing up data. Both are available at the Tech Store.

*  A computer meeting minimum requirements for the recommended operating systems may not be sufficient for your entire degree program, though it should meet basic needs for the coming year. Consult your college or school for their recommended specifications.

Business Administration students, see www.uvm.edu/business/mobile_computing_requirement

College of Education and Social Services, see www.uvm.edu/cess/laptop_recommendation_information

College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, see www.uvm.edu/~cems/?Page=current/compreqs_main.php

Prepare your computer for the campus network

  1. You must install all security updates for your operating system www.uvm.edu/it/thescoop/faq.html#protect.
  2. Set your computer to install future updates automatically.
  3. Be sure all accounts on your computer, especially Administrator, have good passwords.
  4. Set your Web browser's home page to myuvm.uvm.edu or www.uvm.edu.
  5. Configure and test your Wi-Fi hardware, following instructions at www.uvm.edu/it/wireless.
  6. Download and install any other software you'd like to use from www.uvm.edu/software, such as:

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