ResNet Central

West Chester University

Richard A. Jackson
ResNet Central Manager
Ground Floor Brandywine Hall Rm 003
West Chester, PA 19383
Fax: 610-738-0591

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Looking to buy your student a new computer?

Need a little help?

It’s easy! Just stick to the basics!

90% of our campus uses Windows - technical support for students with Mac computers is limited to ResNet Central.

Recommended Computer Specs for Windows Computers

 Operating System:

Windows 7 or 8
(Any Edition)

 Processor: Industry standard processor (Intel Core 2 Duo Processor or higher, AMD Athlon 64 X2, AMD Turion 64 X2, etc.)

2 GB (minimum for 32 bit systems)
3 GB (recommended for 32 bit systems)
3 GB (minimum for 64 bit systems)
4 GB or more (recommended for 64 bit systems)

NOTE: 32 bit systems cannot use all of 4 GB of memory so unless you have a 64-bit machine getting the extra GB won't give you the performance boost you are looking for.
 Hard Drive: 300 GB minimum / at least 500GB recommended  
 Networking: Wireless card
  CD and/or CD/DVD combo drive with CD burning capabilities

Software Applications

All of the software recommended or required is available for free download at the ResNet Software Download page.

  • Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010** or equivalent such as Open Office
  • Anti-Virus Software (Antivirus is MANDATORY to connect to the Residential Network.
  • Anti-Spyware Software (i.e., Windows Defender)

Many anti-virus programs include anti-spyware. We use Microsoft Security Essentials which does include anti-spyware. It is free and can be downloaded from our ResNet Software Download page.

IMPORTANT!!!!! - NEVER install multiple antivirus programs! This could damage your drive and destroy your data!


  • Flash Drive (also known as a “Pocket Drive” or "Thumb Drive")
  • Security Cable-Lock/Device (for laptops)


  • Brand names are not the best way to choose PCs. Their quality can change dramatically year to year. Read online reviews for any brand you are considering.
  • Remember to use your Student ID for discounts
  • Look into extended manufacturer warranties