The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Technology Integration Services

 Haslam College of Business

Laptop Requirements for Windows Users

Minimum Windows Specifications

These minimum specifications are for all students in the Haslam College of Business except for the Physicians Executive MBA Program (PEMBA). PEMBA students should contact the PEMBA program office for computer specifications if you have not received them as part of your admissions packet. Undergraduates, graduate students and full-time MBA students who have further questions may contact Technology Integration Services by email at Working Professional MBA students may contact Fosey Abidi at

Processor Speed

For low-end speed, choose Intel i3

For mid-range speed, choose Intel i5

For solid power & increased speed, choose i7

See Point #1 below under the "Important Purchasing Information" section for guidance when purchasing your processor speed.


With the amount of RAM recommended (see below), you should purchase a 64-bit operating system. A 32-bit version of Office is available for students & other Office products should be purchased in the 32-bit version. Other software packages can be purchased in a 64-bit version.

Memory (RAM)

Between 4GB and 8GB RAM

Hard Drive

500 GB or larger

Network Capability

Wireless (Internal or External)  --  “N” is required
Wired Lan (Internal or External)


DVD burner/reader

Operating System

Any new system coming with Windows 7 or Windows 8 is acceptable

Warranty Maintenance

Purchase the accidental or complete care protection to protect your laptop from any type of damage.


Must have one battery (batteries with more cells will provide longer operating time while running on battery power only)

AC Adapter

An adapter with higher rating will charge your laptop quicker (i.e., 90w will charge your laptop battery faster than 65w).

Video RAM

Must be capable of 1024 x 768 resolution

Web Browser

Internet Explorer 11, FireFox 37.0.2 or Safari 8.0.6

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Haslam College of Business Technology Integration Services. The best way to contact them is via email:

Important Purchasing Information

  1. The specifications given here are minimum recommendations. Any upgrades that you can afford at the time of purchase will only increase the likelihood of keeping your computer throughout your entire program at UT.
  2. When working with your vendor make sure to get the restore CD/DVD and keep it with you at school. If your brand of computer does not come with a restore disk and has a “make your own” option on setup, DO NOT skip this process. Always keep your restore CD/DVD with you so that it can be accessed quickly if a restore is required. Backup & Recover Manager are an option on the Dell online store. Please be sure to choose this option if you order your computer from Dell online. Also purchase a driver CD if possible.
  3. Back up your work. Purchase a USB external hard drive, Flash drive or burn your files to CD/DVD periodically. This will save you from last minute disasters that have been experienced by previous UT students – lost papers and even lost thesis chapters because they did not back up their work.
  4. We strongly recommend that you purchase your hardware and software from the university Bookstore Technology Center (click on a vendor name on the right to get pricing). They know our program requirements, and their prices are competitive. Big box electronics stores are notorious for selling students the wrong operating system. Other software is available to students at no cost via the online software distribution site.

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