Computer Requirements and Recommendations
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I am not technically inclined, so what is the easiest way for me to be sure I have the computer I need?
A: You may find it helpful to look at several computer vendors' websites on the Internet to become more familiar with the models, options, and prices available. You may also learn more by talking in person with knowledgeable sales personnel at computer stores.
Q: Should I buy my laptop from the Cornell Store?
A: Purchasing from the Cornell store can be done if you do not have the time for shipping or do not want to pay the additional shipping costs associated with purchasing directly from the manufacturer.
Q: What if I already own a computer?
A: If you have a desktop or have a laptop computer that does not meet our recommendations, upgrade it to ensure that it is the tool with which you will be successful here. If your computer is more than 2 years old, you will want to replace it. If its hardware meets or exceeds our recommendation, you may want to consider upgrading your Operating System and Office Suite.
Q: I am running an older version of Windows (XP/Vista). What do I need to do?
A: These operating systems are prone to crashing, freezing, and are becoming limited in support. If your current laptop computer does not have the capacity to run the recommended operating system, you should consider a new laptop. Older operating systems on older hardware have greater chance of crashing at crucial moments.
Q: Should I use the same computer I use for my job?
A: If you do bring your business laptop to use in the school's program, be aware of these potentially limiting factors:
- School network settings often conflict with corporate requirements.
- The installation of third party software is often not allowed.
- Security settings often conflict with school requirements.
- The user is often not the administrator, which means our Johnson Technology Services team may not be able to troubleshoot your computer.
Q: Are Macs fully compatible at Johnson?
A: While students find that Macs meeting our specified requirements will be compatible for the vast majority of classes and services at Johnson, there may be instances where software used in some classes is only available in a Windows environment. We recommend purchasing Parallels, along with a Windows 7 disc and any other Windows software required. While you can run Parallels using 4GB RAM, we recommend 8GB RAM for optimal performance. Johnson also has Windows public computers available for student use.
Q: What cell phone/PDA works best?
A: We run Microsoft Outlook with an Exchange server for your Email, Calendaring, Contacts, Tasks, etc. Users have found that iPhone, Droid, and Windows Mobile all work well. Blackberry devices can no longer be connected to our email services.