Install Operating System and Software Updates

Why should you install operating system (OS) and software updates?

  • Updates are “patches” that fix problems in your operating system (the basic program that runs your computer) or in software and programs that you use.
  • Unpatched computers are especially vulnerable to viruses and hackers.


We require devices connected to the campus network to run versions of operating system and application software for which security updates are made available. Updates must also be installed in a timely fashion.

NOTE: All computers that are attached to our active directory or have the InCHIP image receive OS and application patches automatically and is controlled VIA Group Policy.

To ensure that your OS and software is updated:

Install all critical and security-related updates when your programs tell you they are available. If you’ve never been prompted to do this, your computer and applications may not be configured to notify you when updates are available. Submit a ticket to InCHIP IT Support for assistance to make sure you are able to receive and install updates as appropriate.

Some general guidelines:

  • Windows users: Set your computer to download operating system updates on a regular basis. Look in your Control Panel and find System or Automatic Updates. You can also find Windows updates in the Tools menu in Internet Explorer, or by visiting Microsoft’s Web site at
  • Mac users: Consult the “software update” pane in the System Preferences utility to manually or automatically schedule updates. Or visit
  • Mobile users: Remember to sync often so you get available updates. Always install updates when your carrier tells you they are available.
  • Everyone: Look in the menu of your applications and web browsers when they are running to see if there is an “update”, “auto update” or “check for updates” option, or something similar. If so, select the option and set it to check for updates as frequently as it allows.

Restarting your computer:

Some updates require you to restart your computer for them to go into effect, and you may not be notified when this is the case. Whether your computer is being patched for you* or you do it yourself, shutting down or restarting your computer regularly — at least weekly — helps to make sure software and security updates are properly installed and are protecting your computer and information.

* A special note for managed computers: Computers managed InCHIP Image receive OS and application patches automatically and is controlled VIA Group Policy.