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Updating Your Operating System

Configure your computer to automatically update or "patch" your operating system.

Important

Older operating systems that are no longer supported, such as Windows XP, are prohibited by policy from the campus network. These may be removed from the network when identified.

Updating your computer regularly will help avoid attacks by hackers and viruses. A virus on your computer can affect all other users on your network.

Follow these directions to comply with UC San Diego's Network Security Minimum Standards and protect your network, computer, e-mail, and data.

Windows 10

Configure Windows 10 to automatically download system updates when they become available. 

  • Click on the Windows Logo, then Settings
  • Click Updates & Security
  • Verify that Windows says "You’re up to date"
    • If updates are needed, click Check for Updates
    • If updates are paused, click Resume updates
  • Click Advanced options
  • Under 'Choose how updates are installed,' select Automatic (Recommended)

Windows Vista/7

Configure Windows Vista/7 to automatically download Microsoft updates when they become available.

  • Click on Windows Logo, then All Programs
  • Click Windows Update
  • On the left side task bar, click on Change Settings
  • Check Install Updates Automatically (recommended), and choose a day and time when your computer is usually on
  • Check the Recommended Updates and Update Service/Microsoft Update options, and then save your changes
  • When your computer prompts you to check for or install updates in the future, do so as soon as possible

For more information, see Microsoft Windows Update.

Windows XP

Windows XP is not permitted on the UC San Diego network.

Mac OS X

Configure Mac OS X to automatically download system updates when they become available.

  • Using the Apple menu or the icon on your dock, open System Preferences and click Software Update
  • Click Check Now. If updates are available, click Continue
  • After the update is complete, you will be prompted to restart your computer
  • To set up regular updates, return to the Software Update window, and check Automatically keep my Mac up to date
  • Click Advanced and verify that all boxes are checked under 'Automatically...'
  • When your computer prompts you to check for or install updates in the future, do so as soon as possible
Note: Apple no longer supports systems older than MacOS 10.14 (Mojave).

For more information, see Apple Support.

For more information, contact the ITS Service Desk, (858) 246-4357