Kentucky Virtual Campus

Computer Requirements

These are the minimum computer requirements you will need to complete KYVC's online courses. This page will test your computer for the necessary programs. Please check below as to whether you have or do not have the necessary programs. If you need to download a program, links are provided to websites that have the installation files.


  • PC computer using Windows Vista or higher or Macintosh/Apple computer using OXS 10.5 or higher.
  • 64 MB (128 MB + recommended) of RAM, with 5MB (10 MB + recommended) of hard drive space available, and operating with CPU processor speed of 266 MHz (500 MHz + recommended) for PC, or running a PowerMacintosh or higher.
  • Connection to the Internet using a 56 Kbps modem or DSL / cable connection.
    You can test your connection speed here.
  • Sound Card and Speakers


Many times, courses will have accompanying documentation in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint format. If your computer does not have Microsoft Office, you will need viewers:

  • Microsoft Word (or MS Word Reader)
  • PowerPoint (or MS PowerPoint Reader)

If you are asked to download MS Office documents and edit them, you may need a document converter because the instructor's version of the software may be different than yours.

Browser Settings

  • An Internet browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher (PC only); Safari 5 or higher (Mac); Chrome 10 or higher (all platforms); Firefox 3.6 or higher (all platforms); in addition, the following browser settings: Javascript and cookies enabled.
    You can test your browser and these settings at
  • Pop-ups enabled.
  • The following plug-ins:
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader - Acrobat Reader allows you to view and print PDF files on all major computer platforms.
      Does your computer have Adobe Acrobat Reader?
    • Adobe (Macromedia) Shockwave and Flash - Shockwave and Flash presents interactive animations with streaming audio and video.
      Does your computer have Shockwave?

      Does your computer have Flash?
    • Quick Time Player
      Does your computer have Quick Time Player installed?
    • RealPlayer - RealPlayer provides live and on-demand real-time RealAudio and RealVideo streaming content on the Web.
      Does your computer have RealPlayer?
    • Sun Systems Java - Java provides the ability for interaction with web pages through applets.
      Does your computer have Java installed?
    • Windows Media Player
      Does your computer have Windows Media Player installed?

If you have questions regarding installation, version-control, or performance of any of these programs, feel free to contact KYVC's 24/7 Help Desk.

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