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Recommended software

Operating systems support by the University

 

Desktop Operating Systems  Comments 
Windows 7 Enterprise#
English language version 
 
  • USQ Preferred Operating System
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Pre-requisite if enrolled in Faculty of Business courses that use Java, Oracle or .NET
  • Support is limited to connectivity issues with USQ
  • Must be fully patched and have all the latest upgrades available from the manufacturer (Note USQ is currently using Service Pack 1)
  • Issues regarding software compatibility and peripheral hardware are the owner's responsibility
Windows XP all other editions#
English language version 
 
  • Is no longer supported by Microsoft and is not recommended
Windows 8 and Windows 10
  • Limited support for connectivity issues with USQ
  • Issues regarding software compatibility and peripheral hardware are the owner's responsibility
 IOS
  •  Support is limited to connectivity issues with USQ 
Linux 
  • Linux is not currently widely used or supported across the University. It is supported for students in the Faculty of Sciences Department of Mathematics and Computing by Department staff. 
Android (BYOD) 
  •  Support is limited to connectivity issues with USQ

 NOTE - Students should check for specialised computing requirements for their courses

 

Operating systems unsupported by the University

Desktop Operating Systems   Comments 
Mac System less than OS X 10.5 
  • May not be fully compatible with USQ IT systems and/or IT security requirements 
Windows Vista 
  • Not supported by USQ 
Windows 95, 98 and 98 SE, Windows XP 
  • No longer supported by Microsoft  
  • Might be compatible with USQ IT systems and/or IT security
  • Many people use Win 98 Second Edition successfully but it is not supported.
Windows Me
(Millennium Edition) 
 
  • May not be compatible with USQ IT systems and/or IT security requirements. 
Windows NT4 Workstation 
  • No longer supported by Microsoft  
  • Might be compatible with USQ IT systems and/or IT security requirements but it is not supported.

If you require further information on recommended hardware please contact the ICT Service Desk.