Boston College supports both Mac and Windows computers. Chromebooks and Tablets may not be the right choice for your primary computer on campus.


Oct 2021 Update:
At this time, we recommend you wait to upgrade to either macOS Monterey (v 12) or Windows 11.

Mac

BC recommends:

  • Students: macOS Big Sur (v. 11) or macOS Catalina (10.15) with the latest system updates.
  • Faculty & Staff: macOS Catalina (10.15) or macOS Mojave (10.14) with the latest system updates.
     
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Running Windows on Macs

There are significant challenges to running Windows, and Windows-based software, on Macs. Apple’s transition to Macs with M1 chips has exacerbated these challenges. Previous solutions, e.g., Boot Camp or Parallels, are not available with the M1 chip.

Note: For technical reasons, Office 2019, O365, and other course specific applications are NOT currently available on the application server, BCApps. 

Tip: You should always backup your computer before you upgrade to a new operating system.

Windows

BC recommends Microsoft Windows 10 with the latest system updates.

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Tip: You should always backup your computer before you upgrade to a new operating system.

Chromebooks and Tablets

Chromebooks and Tablets (Android, iPad, Kindle Fire) may not be the right choice for your primary computer on campus. Limitations include:

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Beta Software

BC does not support beta software and does not recommend using beta software as your primary operating system or for software that is critical for you.