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Recommended software

Operating systems supported by the University

 

NOTE - From Semester 1 2018 Windows 10 will be in all Computer Labs and Lecture Rooms.  Students should check for specialized computing requirements for their courses prior to the start of Semester. 

Desktop Operating Systems  Comments 
Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10
English language version 
 
  • USQ Preferred Operating System
  • Pre-requisite if enrolled in courses that use Java, Oracle or .NET (e.g Information Systems will require Windows 10 Professional for .NET from 2018)   
  • Support is limited to connectivity issues with USQ systems and Services
  • Must be fully patched and have all the latest upgrades available from the manufacturer (Note USQ is currently using Windows 7 Service Pack 1 in our Laboratories)
  • Issues regarding software compatibility and peripheral hardware are the owner's responsibility.
Mac OS X 10.10 or greater IOS
  •  Support is limited to connectivity issues with USQ systems and services.
Linux 
  • Limited support for students in the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
Android (BYOD) 
  • Support is limited to connectivity issues with USQ wireless.

 

Operating systems unsupported by the University

Desktop Operating Systems   Comments 
Mac System less than OS X 10.10
  • 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.    Please contact your Faculty if inquiring about course specific software.