Recommended Windows Computers

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Students / Parents

We recommend making sure your computer meets the minimum requirements below in order to be able to run Brown services, but it's not necessary to buy the exact models listed below.

  • The Bookstore Technology Center lists some models for students.
  • The Bookstore Technology Center is authorized to provide Dell warrantee repairs, so that's a compelling reason to buy a Dell. They can also repair other PC models, but for a fee.
  • Don't forget to bring your Windows and software installation disks and warrantee information / receipts!

Faculty / Staff

The following recommended configurations are for existing and newly purchased Windows computers. We make these recommendations because lesser machines may not work with Brown services and CIS cannot support systems that are no longer supported by hardware and software vendors. CIS strongly recommends purchasing Windows computers manufactured by Dell.

Windows Desktops

Recommended Desktop Specifications

  • Modern Processor such as the Intel Dual Core
  • 4GB RAM
  • flat panel display (LCD)
  • 320GB hard drive
  • DVD-RW
  • Ethernet
  • Windows 7 Business/Enterprise

Minimum Desktop Specifications

The MINIMUM Help Desk supported specifications for this semester are:

For Windows 7 Desktops

  • Modern Processor such as the Intel Dual Core
  • 2GB RAM
  • flat panel display (LCD)
  • 160GB hard drive
  • DVD-RW
  • Ethernet
  • Windows 7 Business/Enterprise

For Windows XP Desktops

  • 1.5GHz processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 40GB hard drive
  • DVD
  • 10/100 Ethernet

Recommended Dell Desktop Models

OptiPlex 7010

The Optiplex 7010 is available in the following "form factors":

  • Desktop
  • Small Form Factor
  • Mini Tower

Minimum Specifications:

  • i5 Intel Processor
  • 4 GB Memory
  • 500 GB Hard Drive
  • Windows 7 Enterprise

Windows Laptops

Recommended Specifications

  • Modern Processor such as the Intel Dual Core
  • 4GB RAM
  • 160GB hard drive (Or 64 GB Solid State Drive)
  • DVD/CD-RW
  • Ethernet
  • WiFi wireless
  • Windows 7

Minimum Specifications

The MINIMUM Help Desk supported specifications for this semester are:

For Windows 7 Laptops

  • *Modern Processor such as the Intel Dual Core
  • 2GB RAM
  • 80GB hard drive
  • DVD/CD-RW
  • Ethernet
  • WiFi wireless
  • Windows 7 Business/Enterprise

For Windows XP Laptops

  • 667MHz mobile processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 40GB hard drive
  • DVD
  • 10/100 Ethernet

Recommended Dell Laptop Models

Latitude E6440

Minimum Specifications:

  • i5 Intel Processor
  • 4 GB Memory
  • 320 GB Hard Drive
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Ethernet/WiFi

Latitude E7440 (Ultra-book)

Minimum Specifications:

  • i5 Intel Processor
  • 4 GB Memory
  • 128 GB Solid State Hard Drive
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Ethernet/WiFi

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