Computer Requirements

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Hardware/Software Requirements


Minimum Requirements

Operating System (Windows)

Windows XP (Windows 7 recommended)

Operating System (Macintosh)

Mac OS X 10.6 or higher


Internet connection
56K, DSL or Cable modem
High Speed connection recommended


Chrome (latest version) 
Firefox 26 or higher
Safari 6.1 or higher

Browser Plug-ins

JAVA (latest version) required for some Business Courses
Adobe Acrobat Reader 10 or higher
Adobe Flash Player 10 (Active X) or higher


You must have the ability to check e-mail from your computer

Office Suites (Windows)

Microsoft Office 2007
At least Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

Computer Science courses require versions containing Access

Office Suites (Macintosh)

Microsoft Office: 2011
At least Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

Computer Science courses require Windows to run Microsoft Access


Monitor capable of 1024 x 768 resolution

Some courses may require a headset with an attached microphone.

Sound card and speakers/headphones

Corporate and Personal Firewalls
Many corporations and individuals have installed firewalls to protect the computers on their networks. Firewalls can serve two purposes:

  1. Prevent unwanted intrusion of the network (e.g., from hackers, viruses)
  2. Control unwanted traffic to unapproved sites

If you are at work and encounter a firewall-related error message or have problems accessing restricted resources, you may need to contact your corporate IT group for assistance.

If you are using your personal computer and have installed and/or activated firewall or security software, you will need to verify the course sites are not blocked and that ports 80 (standard Web port) and 443 (secure sockets port) are open to your Web browser. Information on how to check this should be in the documentation provided with the software involved.

If you need assistance, contact the UW-Platteville Distance Learning Center Help Desk at 877.854.3083 or

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