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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 (Intel i5 or equivalent)
  • 8 GB memory (RAM)
  • Windows 10, Mac OS X 10.13+ "Sierra"; minimum: Windows 10 Pro or OS X 10.12 "El Capitan"
    • Not supported: Windows Vista or earlier; Mac OS X 10.10 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

College of Education and Social Services, see

College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, see

Prepare your computer for the campus network

  1. You must install all security updates for your operating system
  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 or
  5. Configure and test your Wi-Fi hardware, following instructions at
  6. Download and install any other software you'd like to use from, such as:

Last modified July 24 2018 03:57 PM

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