Computer Recommendations

Recommended Computer Specifications

Itasca Community College is a Windows® campus. We encourage you to bring a computer to campus and recommend one with Windows 10. Any computer capable of running Windows 10 should be adequate for general academic computing purposes. Students in programs involved in graphic intensive software applications (CADD/GIS/Engineering/Video Editing) may require faster computers with more RAM. In these cases, the Program Director should be consulted for minimum computer specifications.

Computers with Windows XP or earlier are not welcome on our campus, as those operating systems are out of date and are no longer supported by Microsoft with security updates.

Our IT staff can provide technical support on issues related to Windows 7 and Windows 10. While Macintosh computers coexist fine on our Network, we can provide little support for end users and their Mac hardware. Other bring your own devices (BYOD) are welcome on campus, and we provide Internet access to them as well.

If you are planning to purchase a computer, make sure it will run the software you want to run on it. We cannot assure that any software used by the academic programs will be compatible on non-supported Windows versions.

If you have any questions, please call our helpdesk at 218.322.2440

Recommended Software

Web Browser: We recommend that you use Internet Explorer or Google Chrome as your primary browser for our academic leaning systems and for resources that we provide to you.

Office Suite: We provide all students with online version of Microsoft Office, and you can download and install the Enterprise Version of Office to use while you are a student at ICC. Login to to get it. Instructions are on the Student Sharepoint site, or click this link for a shortcut...

Anti-virus – We recommend that you use Windows Defender to protect your computer from viruses and malware. It is built into the latest versions of Windows. For a PC running an older version of Windows 7, you can download Microsoft Security Essentials for the low, low price of free.