Computer Recommendations

General Recommendations

We recommend Windows 10 or 11 (but not version S). If you are in an academic program that does not have any special software requirements, then a Mac should be fine. We highly recommend that you consult with your advisor and/or instructors about software requirements before choosing a Mac. Microsoft Office is free to download or to use online for both Windows and Mac. Please click here for more information.

A Note on S Mode

S mode is a version of Windows  10 and 11 that is streamlined for security and performance, while providing a familiar Windows experience. To increase security, it allows only apps from Microsoft Store, and requires Microsoft Edge for safe browsing.

More information, including how to turn off S mode, can be found on Microsoft’s documentation here: Windows 10 and Windows 11 in S mode FAQ – Microsoft Support

Minimum Recommendations

While we understand that every computer is different, most newer PCs and Macs will perform without issue for your CCV educational needs.

Windows PC

If your computer came with Windows 10 or 11 (but not S) preloaded, your processor and memory should be sufficient for the average online or hybrid course.  If your program requires special software, you should speak to the program director about specific computer requirements.


If your computer has one of the three most recent versions of macOS it should be sufficient for the average online or hybrid course. Older computers may not support recent versions of macOS.


Because CCV online courses utilize an array of multimedia and web-based resources, it is important that your internet connection be at least 1.5Mbps or faster. If you are unsure of your internet speeds, please contact your internet service provider.

If you plan on purchasing a new computer, please see the minimum and recommended requirements below.  If visiting a retail store for purchasing, we recommend printing and bringing them with you.


    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or better
    • Memory: 8GB or more
    • Hard Drive: 240GB or more
    • Bandwidth: 1.5Mbps or better (for online courses)

To check your current PC’s processor and memory, click the Windows Logo/start menu, search for This PC, and choose Properties.

The resulting window shows you information about your system including your brand and speed of processor as well as your system memory.

To check the size of your hard drive, click the Windows Logo/start menu, search for This PC, and choose Open.

The resulting window shows your hard drive usage.  The last number in the “xxx GB free of xxx GB” indicates your hard drive size.


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