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Laptop Specifications

Laptop Battery Life

Students are expected to arrive on campus with their laptop battery fully charged to enable their full participation in course learning activities.


Google Chromebook

Google Chromebooks do not meet MGH Institute laptop requirements because they do have the capability to install software that is needed for your courses. 


Laptop Specifications

PC

MAC

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows 10 Pro
  • 2GB RAM
  • 80GB Hard Drive
  • Wifi Capabilities
  • 6 hours of battery life
  • web camera
  • microphone

Note: if your laptop is not equipped with an internal webcam and microphone, please make sure you have an external solution available

If available with your laptop we highly recommend you have a second battery.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 80GB Hard Drive
  • Wifi Capabilities
  • 6 hours of battery life
  • web camera
  • microphone

Note: if your laptop is not equipped with an internal webcam and microphone, please make sure you have an external solution available

If available with your laptop we highly recommend you have a second battery.

Windows  Requirements:

Windows 10 Pro or Higher

OS X Requirements:

 Mac OS Sierra (10.12)

Why do I need Windows 10 Pro?

Windows 10 or 11 home,  is not compatible with our current encryption policies.  Laptops running Windows 10,11 Pro can be encrypted using Microsoft's BitLocker and will need to activated.

All Mac OS X versions of 10.12 and higher have built in encryption that will need to be activated.

Upgrading to Windows 10 Pro:

Visit http://www.microsoftstore.com/store for more information.

Information:

Visit www.apple.com for more information, related to your Mac products.

 

* Please note that while lesser configurations may work in the existing MGH Institute computing environment, they may not work in the future or be fully compatible with MGH Institute applications.

Note: Those not meeting these minimum requirements may be unable to use available software and may not qualify for full support from the OIT Help Desk.

OIT will NOT service the systems that students have or purchase. However, OIT WILL help with diagnostic troubleshooting.

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