Operating System Support Policy For Personally Owned Computers
This document outlines the Operating System Support Policy of Bates College Information and Library Services (ILS) for Bates College students, faculty, and staff for personally owned computers. Our policy is broken down into three sections:
- Supported Operating System’s at Bates College
- Extent of Operating System Support
- Obtaining Operating System Support
1. Supported Operating Systems at Bates College:
- Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
- Microsoft Windows XP Home*
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional
- Macintosh Operating System 10.X
* Access to some Network Services may be difficult.
2. Extent of Operating System
ILS will provide limited assistance for Operating System support on personally
owned machines. Our support will primarily focus on the ability to facilitate
access to Bates College network resources. We will assist with the following:
|Direct Physical Connection*
for Students, Faculty and Staff
|Configuration/Installation of Network Preferences||Configuration/Installation of Dial-Up Networking Preferences using
Bates owned Dial-Up Numbers
|Internet Connectivity||Internet Connectivity|
|Public Printer Access|
|Network File Sharing|
* We can not guarantee connectivity since every situation may be different
and dependent on other factors beyond our control.
All other questions regarding the use and operation of Operating Systems should be directed to the software vendor, ISP (Internet Service Provider) or the vendor’s web site.
3. Obtaining Operating System Support:
3.1 Help Desk Services
The ILS Help Desk will serve as the initial point of contact for all questions
regarding Operating System support at Bates College. ILS Help Desk will provide
basic assistance with the installation, configuration, and connectivity to Bates
College network resources. If installation problems occur that are beyond the
scope of support for the ILS Help Desk, a higher level of technical assistance
from the Operating System vendors, ISP’s, Purchased Service Contracts,
or ILS Sales and Service will be recommended.
3.2 Vendor Support
Support may also be obtained from Operating System vendors, ISP’s, or other
3.3 Sales and Service
ILS Sales and Service will provide troubleshooting assistance with the installation
and operation of system software above the assistance provided by the ILS Help
Desk. There will be a fee associated with the assistance from ILS Sales and Service.