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If you chose to buy a new computer running Windows, ResNet strongly recommends purchasing a computer that already has a supported operating system installed (Windows 10 or Windows 10 Pro, Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro, Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate Edition). Students that have computers with an unsupported operating system will be unable to receive technical assistance from ResNet until an upgrade has been completed. Computers that did not have a supported Windows operating system pre-installed that are brought to the ResNet Office average more than three hours to complete the upgrade process to be compatible with the network, and students are required to be present in the ResNet Office while their computers are being upgraded. The length of time varies by computer manufacturer, model, and availability of hardware drivers.
During the 2015/2016 academic year, approximately 67% of students on ResNet had a Mac computer, and 33% had a computer running Windows. The decision to purchase a Mac or a Windows computer is a personal one. Regardless of major, Saint Mary's students will be exposed to both computer platforms while they are on campus.
We have had students purchase particular models of computers because they were available in their favorite color, but the color of a computer does not ensure that the computer will actually meet a student’s needs. Please ensure that the computer meets all our computer speciﬁcations ﬁrst, including a supported operating system, before considering a computer’s color. ResNet’s speciﬁc computer recommendations for current Apple and Dell computer models will likely not match a student’s favorite color, but selecting a colorful laptop case will give a student an opportunity to display her personal style and still have a computer that will meet her needs.
Saint Mary's College recommends and supports Windows 10, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 7 Professional Edition, and Windows 7 Ultimate Edition. Saint Mary's College does not support Windows 7 Home Basic Edition, Windows 7 Home Premium Edition, Windows Vista (any version), and Windows XP (any version).
Please note that Saint Mary's College provides Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for Students for free to our students. Office 365 ProPlus offers full versions of current Microsoft Office software that can be downloaded and installed on students' personally-owned Mac OS X and Windows computers. Versions of Office for mobile devices are also included with Office 365 ProPlus. After a license has been assigned, a Saint Mary’s student can install Office 365 ProPlus software on up to five personally-owned computers and five personally-owned mobile devices. There are no monthly subscription fees associated with the Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for Students license. Students must show their Saint Mary's ID card to verify their eligibility for this program and sign an agreement to obtain the license. The software can then be downloaded directly from Microsoft. We do not recommend purchasing this software elsewhere.