Minnesota IT Products : Hardware Standards

Standard Products

Audio/Visual projectors
Audio/Visual projectors for meeting rooms and classrooms.

Computers and monitors

IP telephone systems, routers and switches
Contract information for products from: Avaya, Ciena, Cisco, Dell, Extreme Networks, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Juniper, NEC, and Shortel

Multi-function devices
Multi-function devices handle these functions: Copy, print, scan, and fax.

Notes on Windows 10 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 7

Microsoft planned that as of November 1, 2016, it would no longer allow original equipment manufacturers (OEM) to factory install Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.  Windows 10 would be the only allowed operating system to ship with new systems.  That has been extended for one year, but Windows 7/8.1 are only available via a downgrade at the factory.

The factory downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7/8.1 may cost customers $20-30.  Consult with your reseller as you quote/order for details and pricing if you need to have machines shipped with something other than Windows 10.

Microsoft Volume Licensing

Customers with a Microsoft Volume License Agreement can avoid the extra cost for Windows 7/8.1 by reimaging the machines themselves.  They should avoid any extra “downgrade” charge by ordering systems with Windows 10.

However, customers who plan to reimage their new machines to Windows 7 will need to make changes to the BIOS.  Contact your reseller or the manufacturer for details on the changes required. Some manufacturers may produce models that are pre-set with those changes.

Spring/Summer 2017 and Moving Forward - Windows 10 Only

Computers with the latest generation of Intel processors (7th Generation – “Kaby Lake”) and beyond will only support Windows 10.  These machines are now listed as the current standards for State of Minnesota products. 

OEMs continue to have PCs available that will run Windows 7.  Their strategies vary – either making the current models available as “legacy” offerings – or to allow sales of new products with Intel’s 6th generation (“Sky Lake”) processors.  Again, please consult your reseller and the manufacturer as you plan your future strategy.

Here on the Buy.IT website, we've temporarily changed our definition of "legacy" products for desktops and laptops:

  • Current Products: The current standards listed in June and July of 2017. These products only support Windows 10
  • Legacy Products: Typically these are the older generation of products. For now, these are newly-listed products in June and July 2017 that will still support Windows 7