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Arlington, TX 76019-0108
AutoCAD Student Edition requires specific video cards and installed video memory. If you anticipate using AutoCAD Student Edition on your laptop, you may wish to visit the following AutoDesk website for more information on hardware compatibility.
Yes. The university bookstore on-campus sells academically priced software. Any currently enrolled student is qualified to purchase discounted academic versions of Microsoft Office 2016, as well as Microsoft Windows 10 Operating System upgrades. If you purchase a Windows 10 operating system upgrade, be sure to follow any and all instructions regarding its installation on your laptop provided by the bookstore salesperson. If your enrollment is current, regular software updates will be available to you for purchase provided that you have carefully maintained a continuous "paper trail" dating from your original purchase, because at some point during the process of installing updated software you may be required to provide the original product key code as well as all other update product key codes. You are advised that failure to maintain these records may be very expensive. The on-campus bookstore also carries other academic priced software titles.
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OIT provides support at a variety of levels for Windows and Apple Macintosh-based software. For a complete list of software and the level to which they support it, see the OIT website below:
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Software to protect your laptop from malware, spyware, and virus attacks is available free as a download to enrolled students (see: OIT link below), or you may elect to purchase and install your own antivirus software. The safest and best practice is to set your virus program to download updates daily. Failure to do so may lead to irreversible damage and corruption to your files and/or computer? If you haven't heard the phrase Blue Screen Of Death you risk having it if you fail to update your virus protection daily.
Some students purchase riders to their Home Owner's/ Renter's insurance policy, and/or purchase products such as “LoJack” for laptops. You may also find other security products for laptops by searching the web.
How can I protect my laptop from shock and/or breakage?
Carrying cases provide a measure of protection for your laptop. These cases come in a variety of colors, sizes, styles, and capacities. Since the screen is the most vulnerable part of your laptop, consideration should be given to protecting it well. Reviews of laptop bags/ cases may be found at sites like:
With very few exceptions computer software belongs to the original manufacturer. Typically, it is copyrighted and sold to you under license for your use. Usually, the software may not be copied for any reason but to make a backup. Please review the licensing agreement that comes as part of your software installation carefully. The reproduction of the software to sell or give to someone else is piracy and is a violation of the copyright law as is the use of software for any use other than its intended use. It is also illegal to use software purchased at educational discounts for commercial purposes. The University of Texas System Computer and Information Technology Use Policy and Guidelines offers useful direction on the issues of software ownership, transfer, and much more.
The University of Texas System Computer and Information Technology Use Policy and Guidelines offer useful direction on the issues of software ownership, transfer, and much more.