The guidelines provided below are meant to help you determine if your existing computer will work adequately on the Hiram College campus’s network. If you have any particular questions, feel free to call the Help Desk at (330) 569-5313. Our hours are Monday thru Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm. Our summer hours are Monday thru Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Operating Systems that are supported:
This is one of the latest Operating Systems available. Students wishing to upgrade theit current Operating System from Vista are able to purchase Microsoft Windows 7 at the Hiram College Bookstore or at a discount on the Microsoft website.
There are two different versions of each Operating System: 64-bit and 32-bit. Make sure to understand the value and issues each one may have. 64-bit Windows is able to handle larger amounts of memory more effectively than a 32-bit Operating System . A 64-bit OS may need to have a specific printer if a personal printer is purchased. The OS can use programs that were not designed for 64-bit computing, but anti-viruses may have compatability issues. A 32-bit computer is capable of only using 32-bit programs, but it does not need any special printers or devices.
Caution: Students wishing to use other Operating Systems, such as any Macintosh Operating Systems or a type of Linux, are permitted to do so. However, please be aware that there is currently not as much support provided for non-Windows Operating Systems.
Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows 95, and Windows ME are NOT supported nor allowed to be on the Hiram College Network.
All campus lab computers come with Microsoft Office Professional 2010 (Word, Excel, Access, and Power Point.) You can purchase Microsoft Office 2010 Professional for your personal computer through the Hiram College Bookstore (with an academic discount). You may also purchase a discounted version on the Microsoft website.
Any browser will be sufficient for most of your work. However, some campus web pages have been optimized for viewing in Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Internet Explorer should be included in all versions of Windows, and the most recent version (9.0) is available for free from Microsoft’s website.
A version of an anti-virus product that automatically updates virus definitions is required for all students living on-campus. Microsoft Security Essentials is a free anti-virus product that our network supports.