Important Note: Windows 7 and Windows Vista are no longer supported by Microsoft. It is strongly recommend that you use a Windows 10 device.

If you have questions regarding updating Windows and macOS on University-owned equipment, information can be found on Updating Windows and macOS from home on University-owned Equipment.

Windows 8/8.1
Windows 10
macOS Mojave or later
macOS High Sierra, Sierra, or El Capitan

Windows 10

  1. Go to the Windows search box or click the Window button  and type windows update. Click Check for updates.
    Windows 10 Search Box

  2. If Windows Update says that your PC is up to date, then your computer has all updates currently available for your computer. Otherwise click on the Check for Updates button. Windows will now check for and install all updates.
    Windows 10 Update Window

Note: To install optional updates click Install Now after checking for updates.


Windows 8/8.1

  1. Go to the Start Screen screen and type windows update. Select Settings on the right, and then select Windows Update on the left.
    Windows 8 settings

  2. You can select "Check for updates now" to check for new updates. If your updates are not set to automatically install, click on the purple text above that lists the number of updates and you will be able to manually install them.Windows 8 PC Settings Window


macOS Mojave or Later

  1. Choose System Preferences from the AppleApple logo menu , then click Software Update to check for updates.
  2. If any updates are available, click the Update Now button to install them. Or click ”More info” to see details about each update and select specific updates to install.
    Mojave or Later Software Update Window

When Software Update says that your Mac is up to date, the installed version of macOS and all of its apps are also up to date.


macOS High Sierra, Sierra, or El Capitan

  1. Open the App Store app on your Mac.
  2. Click Updates in the App Store toolbar.
    macOS High Sierra, Sierra, or El Capitan App Store Window

  3. Use the Update buttons to download and install any updates listed.
  4. When the App Store shows no more updates, the installed version of macOS and all of its apps are up to date.