Campus Computers

Most campus PC computers, both physical and virtual, have Windows 7.

In addition, our libraries have Windows 7 laptops available for student use in the libraries. Students must complete a usage agreement form and follow all guidelines. These laptops cannot be taken out of the libraries. For more information, check with library staff at the library help desks.

To support Windows 8 courses, the Truax library has a Windows 8 laptop available for student use in the library. The Truax business open lab, room T358, also has a Windows 8 PC for student use. 

Some virtual desktops, including the Libraries desktop, have Office 2013 software. The standard virtual desktop includes Office 2010. Campus MACs have Office 2011 software.

Windows 8 and college system compatibility 

Personal computers and virtual desktop access

Students may be able to access their virtual desktops on their personal equipment using the campus MC-Secure wireless.

Purchase of personal software

Madison Area Technical College students can also purchase a variety of software for their personal computers at a significant discount. 


Our libraries have a variety of books and e-books, which can help you with Windows, Microsoft Office, or other software and technology. To get started, check our libraries' online catalog.

In addition, our Safari e-books collection includes handy electronic books on the technologies including Office 2013 and Windows 8.Here's a few examples from our Safari e-books collection:

w8 book iconWindows 8 Plain & Simple

Windows 7 Simplified by: Paul McFedries

Visual QuickStart Guide: Microsoft Windows 7 by: Chris Fehily

Learning Express - This library online resource has a variety of self-paced interactive tutorial courses including corses on Windows and MAC Operating Systems, as well as software including Microsoft Word, Publisher, Powerpoint, Excel, Outlook, Access, Visio, Photoshop, and more. To get started, go to Learning Express and click on Popular Software Tutorials

Questions? check with your libraries' Student Computer Help Desk

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