Hardware

COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS

Here are our basic computer requirements:

  • Operating System: Windows 8.1 or 10

  • Minimum PC Specs:

    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or i7

    • Memory: 8GB RAM

    • Storage: 256GB SSD

  • Suggested Vendor: ComputerWare

  • Microsoft Office: Download instructions available here.

  • You are also required to have administrative access to your computer. If your computer is provided to you by your workplace, you likely won't have this access!

Other Brands:

  • Microsoft Surface Pros are good computers assuming they meet minimum specifications.

    • The Microsoft Surface RT does not meet minimum specifications and should be avoided.

  • iPads and other "tablet" computers whether Android or Apple do not meet minimum specifications.

  • Chromebooks are not compatible with the software you need for your classes.

  • Macs powered by Apple Silicon (ARM chips) will not be compatible with the software you need for your classes.

    • Intel-powered Macs are still compatible, following a Boot Camp / VMWare install.

Macs

All new student computers must be capable of running the 64-bit version of Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, though we recommend Windows 10. Some of the classes you will be taking require software that is only available for Windows. The Tech Center provides support for Intel-powered Mac computers. However, Macs running Apple's "M1" chip, a proprietary ARM processor, are not yet supported. Do not purchase the "M1" MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and/or Mac Mini until further notice. If you choose to purchase an Intel-powered Mac computer, whether it's a MacBook Pro or Air, the MSBTC will assist you in installing Windows 10 as a secondary operating system. The Tech Center offers two ways to install Windows on your Mac:

  • Bootcamp: Bootcamp allows you to select either your Mac OS or your Windows OS upon boot up. Bootcamp runs without slowing your computer. To bootcamp your computer, you MUST have at least 80 GB of free space on your computer, a laptop charger, an available USB/USB-C port, a computer released during or after 2012, and have the latest Mac OS installed.

  • VMWare Fusion: This is a software offered for free by Georgetown to all Georgetown students. It allows you to run both your Apple OS and Windows OS at the same time, but it will slow down your computer.

MSBTC will provide MSB students with a free copy of Windows 10 and Microsoft Office for Windows. It is not necessary for Mac users to purchase this software.

In order to bootcamp your computer, you HAVE to book an appointment.

Be prepared to spend at least 2 hours in the Tech Center with your computer if you choose to install Windows on a Mac computer. You must be with your computer at all times. If you have any questions, drop by the Tech Center in Hariri and we can explain this further.

If you still have questions, feel free to contact the Tech Center at +1 (202) 687-4721.

PRINTERS

Business school students are allowed to use most of the large network printer/copiers in Hariri. These printers offer a variety of printing and copying options, including color and scan to e-mail.

Printing services are included as a part of every student's semester Technology Fee. Each student receives 1500 pages of printing at the beginning of each semester. A "print" is a single sheet of paper which can be printed on both sides. Should a need for more printing arise, students can request additonal prints from us if they demonstrate a legitimate academic need.

To print from your computer to a MSB printer, you must be connected to Saxanet and have the iPrint client installed. If you do not have your print card, you can also use the printers by signing in manually on the touch pad with your NetID and MSB password or by printing from the PaperCut website under 'Jobs Pending Release'.

If you would like to see a tutorial on how to install the iPrint client onto your computer, visit the iPrint Installation section on the Tutorials page.

If you are having trouble printing, take a look at our troubleshooting tips for printers on the Troubleshooting page. If you are still having trouble, feel free to give us a call at (202) 687-4721 or stop by the Tech Center in Hariri so our computer professionals can take a look.

COMPUTERWARE

Computerware can provide both warranty and vendor hardware repair services for most computer brands. Computerware offers warranty support for Lenovo, HP, Toshiba, and Fujitsu. If your computer is not under warranty, there is a fee to use their services. To use Computerware's services, please fill out the online form before bringing in your computer.

For more information, click here.