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Minimum Requirements for PC Hardware Support by the LTS Support Team for the RCEAS

The following are base-level hardware specifications required for support by the Library & Technology Services team supporting the Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The purpose of establishing these minimums is to optimize the level of support we can provide to members of the College and ensure the effective and secure use of Lehigh's computing environment. Given the increased requirements of modern software application suites available to clients via LTS, we believe that it has become impractical and unproductive for clients to attempt the installation and use of such software on equipment that does not meet the stated minimum hardware requirements. LTS has standardized on Windows 10 x64-bit (Windows 11 will be supported soon.) If your needs include running the same software that is available in the public computing labs, your PC should have similar specifications as those PCs. Some laboratory equipment may require drivers that support only Windows 32-bit, please contact LTS about these unique circumstances where limited support can be provided. These minimums are reviewed on an annual basis by the LTS support team for the RCEAS.

Revised 5/2022.

PC to run Windows

  • Operating System: Windows 10 (20H2 or later)
  • Processor: 2.4 GHz or higher Intel Core i5-series or higher (approx 2016 or later)
  • Memory: 16 GB
  • Disk space available: 128 GB (SSD strongly recommended)
  • USB 2.0
  • Brands: Dell, Lenovo, HP (limited), Microsoft (limited)

Apple Mac:

  • Operating System: macOS 11 Big Sur or later
    (additional details on Apple's Big Sur Requirements web page)
  • approximately 2015 or later models
  • Memory: 16 GB
  • Disk space available: 128 GB (SSD preferred)


  • Operating System: Linux (CentOS, Ubuntu)
  • Processor: 2.5 GHz or faster Intel Core i-series or newer
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Disk space available: 128 GB
  • USB 2.0
  • Brands: Dell, Lenovo, HP


For additional help, please contact the LTS Help Desk at 610-758-4357 or