BLHS Laptop Requirements for Student BYOD, both Minimum and Suggested 

Updated: 9/2/2015 - Microsoft has released Windows 10 for upgrade.  We are seeing several laptops that have been upgraded and no longer work.  Please make sure you backup your data before you do an upgrade!

  • If you must upgrade, please consider having it done at a computer repair facility like Best Buy or Micro Center.
  • As always, move forward by BACKING UP!

Updated: 7/25/2013 - removed Chromebook and lowered minimum ram to 1GB with a warning.

Updated: 6/15/2015 - all campus computers will remain on Windows 7 for the 2015-2016 school year 

Updated: 1/15/2016 - clarified: Chromebooks are not permitted (since they do not run the Respondus software) and updated Internet Explorer version (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/WindowsForBusiness/End-of-IE-support)

Updated: 3/3/2017 - clarifications.

Linux and variants are not recommended and no support is available.
A Microsoft Surface RT running Windows 8 RT is not a laptop and is not permitted as your primary device.

Updated: 5/3/2017 - Windows 10-S?  "NO!"

Any device running Windows 10-S is not permitted as your primary device.

This page contains the minimum and suggested hardware configurations for Mac, Windows and other device types. Please see the chart below for specific recommendations.

The most important thing about a student's personal laptop is that they be comfortable using it.  We are here to help but we cannot train the student on how to use their device. We will support with connectivity to our network and other campus-related resources.  It is imperative that the student have backups of all their files (we suggest using the OneDrive that comes with their school-supplied Office 365 subscription and that they have current anti-virus and anti-malware, with updated definition files, installed and running regularly.  

PC/Compatible Windows

Minimum

Suggested

OS

 Windows 7

Windows 7, or newer.

Processor

800 MHz

2GHz or higher

RAM

2GB

4GB or more

Wi-Fi adapter

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi

Hard Disk

50GB free space

100 GB free space

Browser

IE 10 or higher
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

IE 10 or or higher or current version of Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.  Firefox or Chrome strongly recommended

Free applications

Java, Flash

Java, Flash

OFFICE 365 Download Available at NO COST to BL students.

Paid applications

word processor, spreadsheet, presentation software

 

Antivirus/Malware

Must have an up to date Antivirus and Anti-Malware installed

Must have an up to date Antivirus and anti-malware installed.  Virus definitions must be current and scans must be scheduled to run regularly.

 

MacOS

Minimum

Suggested

OS

OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or higher

Processor

867 MHz

2 GHz or higher

RAM

1 GB

2GB or more

Hard Disk

20 GB

40 GB

Browser

Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari

Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome

Free applications

Java, Flash

Java, Flash

 

OFFICE 365 Download Available at NO COST to BL students.

 

Paid applications

word processor, spreadsheet, presentation software

 

 

Other Device Types 

 

 

Linux and ChromeBooks are not recommended and no support is available.

* A Microsoft Surface RT running Windows 8 RT is not a laptop.

 

 

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