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

Mac

BC recommends macOS Catalina (10.15) or macOS Mojave (10.14) with the latest system updates.

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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:

  • Some applications are not available on Chromebooks or Tablets. For example, some classes require online testing software (Respondus Lockdown Browser in Canvas), which are not compatible on Chromebooks or Tablets. Work around: The BC Library offers 4 day laptop rentals at the Circulation Desk.
  • Be aware of your software needs and your computer's capacity. Chromebooks & Tablets do not have the capacity to install large programs (such as Microsoft Project, Visual Basic, etc).
     

Mobile Devices

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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.