Minimum computer requirements

To ensure compatibility across all technology services the Technology Services Centre (TSC) has set the following minimum standards related to the purchase of new desktop and laptop computers for Faculty and Staff. Systems purchased that do not meet these minimum requirements will not be supported by the TSC.

Mandatory Minimum Requirements (WINDOWS)

  •  i5 cpu or better 
  •  16 GB of RAM
  •  512 GB SSD
  •  Ability to disable secure boot
  •  One year full hardware warranty (3 year warranty recommended) 

Operating Systems

All Lakehead University Windows Computers will be loaded with Windows 10 Educational 64bit and Active Directory services.

Mandatory Minimum Requirements (Apple)

  •  i5 cpu or better  (M1 is preferred)
  •  16 GB of RAM
  •  512 GB SSD
  • Apple Care

All Lakehead Apple computers should be capable of running current the Operating System. Apple systems will need to be running no operating system below Big Sur (version 11) for security reasons.


NOTE: Please contact the TSC before purchasing any computer equipment or other technology to take advantage of our free consulting service, ensuring your purchase matches your specific requirements.

Remember, when it comes to technology....Ask Us First!