Computer Hardware & Software Specs
There are no official requirements for a laptop for use by students at Minnesota West. However, some vendors offer discounts to our students:
Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus (Office 2016) - free for students.
Program Requirements for Computer Programs
Some programs at Minnesota West require their students to purchase a laptop computer. If you already own a laptop, ask the program instructor to review specifications to verify that your laptop is sufficient for use in their program.
Students needing a laptop for the Computer Programs at Minnesota West can use the following specifications as a guideline for purchasing a computer.
Laptop specifications for Computer Programs
A computer capable of running Windows 7 Professional Operating system or higher. Minimum requirements according to Microsoft:
Processor Type – 1 Ghz dual Processors (2GHz is recommended).
RAM – 1GB (4 is recommended).
Hard disk - 80GB (150 or more GB are recommended).
Peripheral /Interface Devices – DirectX 9.0 compatible graphics card.
DVD-Rom with read/write capability.
Wireless network card.
Mouse wired or wireless
If you currently have a computer and you are wondering if it will work for the program, please contact the instructor.
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