Looking to buy your student a new computer? Need a little help?
90% of our campus uses Windows. However, if you are looking to buy a new machine, your major can help determine your choice. Departments such as Music, Art, and Education use MACs and have software to run on MACs. Other departments use Windows PCs. However, any department that uses MACs also has a MAC lab, which means, even if you don't own a MAC, you can use one.
NOTE: Technical support for students with MAC computers is only available through ResNet Central.
Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10
(Basic, Home, Premium, Ultimate Editions)
Industry standard processor (Intel Core 2 Duo Processor or higher, AMD Athlon 64 X2, AMD Turion 64 X2, etc.)
2 GB (minimum for 32 bit systems)
3 GB (recommended for 32 bit systems)
3 GB (minimum for 64 bit systems)
4 GB or more (recommended for 64 bit systems)
NOTE: 32 bit systems cannot use all of 4 GB of memory, so unless you have a 64-bit machine, getting the extra GB will not give you the performance boost you are looking for.
300 GB minimum / at least 500GB recommended
CD and/or CD/DVD combo drive with CD burning capabilities
All of the software recommended or required is available for free download at the ResNet Software page.
For current WCU students Microsoft Office is available for free download.
Many anti-virus programs include anti-spyware. We use Microsoft Security Essentials, which does include anti-spyware. It is free and can be downloaded from our ResNet Software page. Windows 8 and later come with a version of Defender which is now a full fledged antivirus program.
IMPORTANT!!!!! - NEVER install multiple antivirus programs! This could damage your drive and destroy your data!