Guide: System Updates for Windows and Mac


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  • Why are certain features missing from my computer?
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  • Windows, macOS



  1. On your computer, click Start on the bottom left and type check for updates.
  2. Settings will open and display a Windows Update page. This page will show you the date your computer was last updated.
  3. You will be presented with two options:
    1. Check For Updates will check the computer to see if there are any local updates available. Clicking on this button will automatically begin a local search for updates.
    2. Check For Online Updates will check Microsoft's Servers for any more updates the local check missed.
  4. Once the updates are finished downloading and installing your computer will either restart automatically or it will prompt a manual restart. After the restart, repeat the process to be sure no updates were missed.


For Mojave and Before:

  1. Updates can be found in the App Store. Once the App Store is opened, click Updates.
  2. Download and install the updates available.

For Catalina and after:

  1. Click on the Apple Logo on the top left of your screen and select System Preferences. Next, select Software Updates
  2. Any available updates will be here. If there are any, download and install them.
  3. To set up automatic updates, you can select the box that says "Automatically keep my Mac up to date."

For assistance, contact the Service Desk.


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Tue 3/10/20 11:10 AM
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