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Introduction > Topic C: Re-keying the course - Pg. xi

Introduction xi Topic C: Re-keying the course If you have the proper hardware and software, you can re-key this course after class. This section explains what you'll need in order to do so, and how to do it. This course is hardware intensive. It contains activities that require you to assemble a computer and install hardware and software. Due to the amount of hardware required for this course, we recommend that you create the following configuration: 1 Have one personal computer for Internet access and for the software installation and configuration activities. 2 Have an additional PC for the hardware installation and configuration activities. Note: You can use a single computer for both Internet and software configuration, and for hardware installation and configuration. 3 Connect all PCs to the network to allow for Internet connectivity and dynamic IP address assignment. Hardware requirements The hardware requirements for the student PC are as follows: 1 GHz or higher 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor 1 GB or higher RAM on 32-bit processor computers or 2 GB or higher RAM on 64-bit processor computers Monitor with DirectX 9 graphics support; Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 1.0 or higher Keyboard and mouse 10/100 Mbps or faster network interface card (NIC), plus associated cabling to attach to a network (RJ-45 connectors) 60 GB hard drive; at least 16 GB of free hard disk space on 32-bit processor computers or at least 20 GB of free hard disk space on 64-bit processor computers CD-ROM/DVD-RW drive supported by Windows 7 Windows 7-compatible modem Software requirements You will need to install Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Ultimate on each computer. Installation instructions are provided in the section titled "First-time setup instructions." Note: You will need to have the installation DVD for the operating system available when you key the course. In addition, you will need to install the following software: Latest service pack for Windows Sound card drivers A copy of the avast! antivirus software. An evaluation copy is suitable and is available at www.avast.com. Optional software: DVD decoder software