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Laptop Requirements for graduate and undergraduate students

All Kogod students will need a personal laptop for use in a number of Kogod classes. Additionally, Kogod courses require that students use Office 365 Pro Plus for all quantitative assignments; this software operates ONLY in a Microsoft Windows environment. Although Kogod strongly recommends Windows laptops, Apple Macintosh laptops are acceptable when configured to meet the specified software requirements.

Please make sure your laptop meets the following requirements:

Please check the laptop requirement compliance by following this flowchart.

Kogod follows the general OIT recommendations for Windows and Mac* laptops:

*Mac users will be required to partition their hard disk with Boot Camp and install Windows on a second partition. There are a number of instructions online for installing Windows in Boot Camp.

Students should have at least 100GB available for the Windows partition. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have sufficient hard disk space to load special software and data that may be required for certain classes.

Installing Windows on Mac laptops using Boot Camp

 

Getting Started

Be prepared before you begin this process. Students should allow for at least 1-2 hours to complete this installation. Read all of the instructions before you begin and be patient. 

If your Mac purchase is new, you can request installation support for Windows in Boot Camp at the closest Apple Store.

Students can also seek assistance at the AU Library at the OIT Tech Support Desk. If you contact Help Desk 202-885-2550 or helpdesk@american.edu, please specify that you are a Kogod student who needs help installing Windows on a Mac computer. Please note, OIT will do their best to respond to your installation related questions but during peak periods you should expect to wait; please plan accordingly.

Prerequisites

Before you begin, make sure you have everything you need.

  • Fully Updated MacOS: please update your MacOS to the latest release.
  • Free Windows 10 licensefrom american.onthehub.com
  • Install disk image (ISO):you can download the file directly from Microsoft: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO
  • 16 GB USB flash drivethat you can erase. With OS X El Capitan 10.11 or later, some laptop models use the internal drive to temporarily store what you need to install Windows, so you might not need a USB flash drive for these Mac models.
  • At least 50 GB of free disk space on your laptop drive. (check free space by clicking on Apple sign -> About this Mac -> Storage tab).
  • Plan for about 2 hours installation time. Connect your laptop to a power source during installation.

 

Follow theseInstallations instructionsto install Windows.

Restart your computer

After Windows is installed, you can switch between OS X and Windows. Use the Startup Disk preference panein OS X, or the Boot Camp system trayitem in Windows to select your startup disk, then restart your computer.

 

Update and secure your computer

Boot to Windows and install all the Windows Updates that are available. Updates might require rebooting your computer several times.

Learn more

For more information about using Windows on your Mac, click the Open Boot Camp Help button in Boot Camp Assistant. These resources also contain helpful information:

Software requirements

  • Free MS Office 365 ProPlusinstalled in the Windows environment OR purchase MS Office Professional for Windows, which includes Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, Outlook, OneNote.
  • Latest Java and Flash plugins.
  • Any additional software required in the syllabus. Students enrolled in Finance elective courses, BSF or MSF will need STATA.
  • At least 6 hours of battery life. (We recommend purchasing an extra battery if the laptop has a removable battery.)
  • Students will need full Administrator rights on their computers. (Kogod and OIT cannot support computers on which the user doesn't have full access rights.)
  • Students will need to keep the software up to date, run antivirus scans, and fix hardware and software problems in a timely manner. Students are responsible for keeping their laptops in working order and to consult with OIT to resolve any issues they may be experiencing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. That said, only a limited number of courses will require you to bring a laptop to the scheduled class and it is during these classes that you must use a compliant device. Please check the syllabus for clarification.

No. Excel functions differently and Access does not exist outside of a Windows enabled device. Bottom line- they are not the same. The Windows version of the products is most widely used in businesses and includes the features you will use in your courses.

While we recommend you have your own laptop compliant with KSB requirements, you can obtain a loaner from FSIT Lab (KSB T55) for the duration of the class period, you need to return it as soon as the session is over. AU Library also provides Windows laptop loaners for students.

You need to install MS Office in a Windows environment. MS Office for Mac has limited functionality (Excel lacks data analysis add- ons and MS Access is not available on Mac). In addition there are slight incompatibilities between files saved on Mac and Windows versions of Office.

Before you begin, make sure you have everything you need:

  • A Microsoft Windows install disc or disk image (ISO) containing a 64- bit version of Microsoft Windows 7 or later. You can get a free Windows 10 license from american.onthehub.com
  • An 8 GB or larger USB flash drive that you can erase
  • At least 100 GB of free disk space on your laptop drive
  • Time: the installation process might take 2 hours. You can find instructions for installing Windows on Mac under "Software Requirements" in the top section of this web page.

In the top section of this page under "Software Requirements", there are instructions on how to install Windows on a Mac laptop. There are plenty of video links included. The key to success here is patience and time. Please allow yourself at least one hour. Perhaps a little more to complete the installation.

 The policy requires Boot Camp installation of Windows and the course instructions assuming you are using Boot Camp. For courses requiring in -class laptops, you are welcome to ask the professor if Parallels or VMware create an incompatible situation. In either situation, you are responsible for completing the work using the instructors' assignments.

You can obtain a loaner from FSIT Lab (KSB T55) for the duration of the class period, you need to return it as soon as the session is over. This is only a one- time loaner, you are responsible to get your machine fixed by the next session. AU Office of Information Technology provides drop- in support for software problems at the AU Library and limited hardware troubleshooting. For hardware problems you might need to contact your vendor.

Yes, if you are a Kogod student. Otherwise, it is recommended all students have a laptop that is compliant with these requirements. Laptops are important research tools and we see them being useful for students even if the current classes don't specifically require laptop use. Students can delay purchasing the necessary software but new students are strongly encouraged to arrive on campus with a fully compliant device.

Please check with your advisor if you qualify for financial assistance. If you don't qualify for assistance, you can obtain a loaner from FSIT Lab (KSB T55) for the duration of the class period. You need to return it as soon as the session is over. AU Library also provides Windows laptop loaners for students. Assignments can be completed at the Kogod FSIT Lab.

Lynda has a number of tutorials for beginners. To access the site, click on the link or log in to myAU portal -> select Technology -> Lynda Web -Based Training -> log in and once in Lynda search for "Windows".

No. Your professor will advise you when you are required to have a laptop available for the class.

This varies by professor. Please ask them directly.

No, these devices do not support the Windows Operating System which is required to run the proper version of Microsoft Office.