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Supported Operating Systems and Hardware Requirements

IMPORTANT! Backup Hardware and Software

The most critical piece of hardware that any computer user needs is $100 worth of backup software and an external hard disk. We do not encourage USB flash drive for backups. This method is at risk as these devices are easily lost and are not as reliable as external hard disks.

Each year we see 5 to 10 students whose computer's have crashed (typically at finals) and the student has no backup available. Simply figuring the number of hours of work stored on a computer's hard disk and multiplying times minmum wage will demonstrate the value of a solid backup plan.

Supported Operating Systems

At present, we encourage Windows users to opt for Window 7 Professional or Ultimate. Windows 7 Home is supported as well.

If you are bringing a Macintosh computer, it must be running OS X version 10.5 (Leopard) or greater. In both cases, the machine must meet the minimum system requirements as outlined below.


At present we encourge Mac users to have OSX 10.7 (Lion) or higher.

Note: Some of our network based application software will not run on OSX. Public and Department lab machines are available to students to use for these applications.

Other Operating Systems

Machines running LINUX, BeOS or any other UNIX oriented operating system may connect to the network provided they have the correct hardware and software. Knox does not support these operating systems in any way nor does it maintain any network applications for them.


Hardware Requirements by Operating System
Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate or Windows 8
Pentium IV 1 GHz | 1 GB RAM | 40 GB Drive
802.11g Wireless Network Card
Sophos Antivirus
Intel I5 or I7 | 4 GB RAM | 80 GB Drive
802.11n Wireless Network Card
Sophos Antivirus
Macintosh OSX
Intel Core 2 Duo or Core i3 | 2 GB RAM | 40 GB Drive
Internal Airport Card
Sophos Antivirus
Intel Core i5 or i7 | 4 GB RAM | 80 GB Drive
Internal Airport Card
Sophos Antivirus

    Wireless Networking
    Wireless access is the primary method for accessing the Knox network. Personal computers need to meet minimum system specifications. Note: Each machine brought to campus must connect directly to the Knox network. Hubs and personal wireless access points/routers are not permitted and will not allow network connectivity. More on Wireless Networking

    Virus Prevention
    The College provides free Sophos AntiVirus software for Windows and Macintosh computers. All users MUST install and use the Sophos software. This software is distributed to students with instructions on how to install it and must be installed prior to attaching to the network. The software is also provided to faculty and staff for installation on their personal machines. More Virus and Safe Computing Resources

    IMPORTANT: Personally owned computers found not to be in compliance with the above requirements will be disconnected from the College Data Network until ITS examines the machine and verifies that the antivirus software is installed and functioning correctly, all required patches have been installed and there are no open shares. A $50 fee will be assessed for this service. The College requires the College provided antivirus software on all computers attaching to the network.