Computer Requirements - Windows

System Requirements 2019-2020

Internet Access

Broadband cable or DSL with a minimum connection speed of 768kbit/s is recommended. Slower connections may not provide optimal course experience and performance.

Windows XP

Operating System

Microsoft Windows 10 or higher. Current students can purchase discounted Microsoft products to comply.

Intel CPU

Processor Type

Intel Core 2 Duo, i3, i5 or i7 processors or AMD equivalent.

RAM chip

System Memory

4 GB RAM or higher

Windows monitor


1024x768 or higher screen resolution

Microsoft Office


Microsoft Office 365 Note: Some courses might require additional software. Please contact your course instructor for more information. The Office 365 ProPlus benefit enables faculty, staff and students to download Microsoft Office on 5 laptops/workstations and 5 mobile devices and use it for as long as they have their UNMC NetID.

Web Browsers

Web Browser

Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Other browsers such as Google Chrome, Opera and Apple Safari should also work. Which ever browser and version you choose, ensure maximum compatibility with the Canvas system.
See: Supported Browsers, Plugins & Operating Systems for Canvas

Symantec Anti-Virus


Recommend your system be virus free. Symantec Anti-Virus software is available at no cost to all students from the University website.



Recommend spyware or malware protection for your system.

Microsoft Recommended
Spybot Search and Destroy

Hard drive


120GB of hard drive or higher.
Encrypted USB-Removable Thumb Drive



Speakers and/or headphones

Microsoft Outlook


UNMC email account (Microsoft Outlook)

web conferencing

Web Conferencing

Courses using Zoom for online class meetings require the following:

  • To Broadcast Audio: Headset with microphone required. (e.g. Plantronics .Audio 326)
  • To Broadcast Video: Web Camera. (e.g. Microsoft Life Cam or Logitech Quickcam.)



Course content may include file types that require special plug-in software. Download and install the latest version of the following free plug-ins: Real Player, Java, Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash

Important: QuickTime 7 for Windows is no longer supported by Apple. New versions of Windows since 2009 have included support for the key media formats, such as H.264 and AAC, that QuickTime 7 enabled. All current Windows web browsers support video without the need for browser plug-ins.