Both Windows and Mac OS X students and faculty should be using the latest version of Java for their particular operating system.

Mac OS X computer users can and should use the latest version of Java for accessing Blackboard Vista. Updating Java for a Mac OS X computer is outlined in our Mac OS X Java page.

Windows computer users, please follow the instructions below for updating your Java. If you are experiencing any difficulties using the Java Console’s “Update” feature, you can remove your current version(s) of Java and replace it with the latest version of Java per the instructions under "Get the correct version of Java" on the Java page.

Windows XP

  1. Close out all open programs and web browser windows (i.e. Firefox and Internet Explorer).
  2. Click the Start button in the lower left corner of your screen.
    start-button
  3. Click Control Panel. You may have to click Settings and then Control Panel.
    controlpanel-icon
  4. Double-click your Java icon. If you don’t see this icon, you may need to switch from Category View to Classic View. You can do this by clicking the “Switch to Classic View” link in the left column of your Windows Control Panel.
    java-icon
  5. This will open up your Java Control Panel. In the Java Control Panel, click the Update tab and then click the Update Now button.
    java15update
  6. You should see a notification in the right-hand side of your task bar informing you of new updates to download. Click on this Java notification icon.
    java16_xp_updates_available
  7. When you see the screen below, close out the Java Control Panel opened in Step #5 and the Windows Control Panel opened in Step #3. Click the Install button to begin the download of the Java updates.
    java16_xp_install
  8. You will see an indication on the right-hand side of the task bar that the Java update files are downloading to your local computer. When the download is complete you will see a notification in the task bar again. Click on this notification to begin the installation process.
    java16_xp_downloading
  9. Click the Install button to begin the installation of the Java update.
    java16-begininstall
  10. You will see a screen asking if you would like to install an online file backup tool with a 30-Day trial period named “Carbonite”. We would recommend un checking the box labeled “Yes! Install Carbonite Online Backup 30-Day Free Trial” to avoid installing this product. Click the Next button to continue the installation.
    java16-begininstall2
  11. During the update, you may see a screen asking you to install an “MSN Toolbar” (or another type of toolbar: Google, YAHOO, etc). If not, proceed to step #12 below. If you do see this option, un check the check box for installing the tool bar and proceed with the installation.
    java16-update-toolbaroffer
  12. You will see the window below while the latest version of Java is installed on your computer. This process may take a few minutes.
    java16-installing
  13. You will see the window below indicating that the installation is complete. Click the Close button to finish the installation.
    java16-finished
  14. Lastly, run the Browser Check to ensure that your computer’s Java has been updated.

Windows Vista

  1. Close out all open programs and web browser windows (i.e. Firefox and Internet Explorer).
  2. Click the Start button in the lower left corner of your screen.
    Windows Vista Start button
  3. Next click Control Panel.
    vista-cp-icon
  4. This will open up your Windows Control Panel window. You will see the Java icon under either Programs or Additional Options.
    windows-vista-cpanel
  5. Click the Java icon. If the Windows User Account Control security window appears asking for permission to run the program, click Continue.
    vista-additional-options2
  6. Click on the Update tab and then the Update Now button.
    java16_update
  7. You should see a notification in the right-hand side of your task bar informing you of new updates to download.
    java16_vista_updateavailable-taskbar

    You may also see the Windows Vista User Account Control indicator prompting your for permission to allow the Java update program to run. Click on this icon and click the Continue button to allow the Java installation to proceed.

    java16-Vista-UAC
  8. When you see the screen below, close out the Java Control Panel opened in Step #5 and the Windows Control Panel opened in Step #4. Click the Install button to begin the download of the Java updates.
    java16_vista_install
  9. You will see an indication on the right-hand side of the task bar indicating that the Java update files are downloading to your local computer. When the download is complete you will see a notification in the task bar again. Click on this notification to begin the installation process.
    java16_vista_updates_downloading
  10. Click the Install button to begin the installation of the Java update.
    java16_vista_beginupdate
  11. You will see a screen asking if you would like to install an online file backup tool with a 30-Day trial period named “Carbonite”. We would recommend un checking the box labeled “Yes! Install Carbonite Online Backup 30-Day Free Trial” to avoid installing this product. Click the Next button to continue the installation.
    java16_vista_updateOffer
  12. During the update, you may see a screen asking you to install an “MSN Toolbar” (or another type of toolbar: Google, YAHOO, etc). If you do see this option, un check the check box for installing the tool bar and proceed with the installation.
  13. You will then see window below while the latest version of Java is installed on your computer. This process may take a few minutes.
    java16_vista_updating
  14. Lastly, you will see the window below indicating that the installation is complete. Click the Close button to finish the installation.
    java16_vista_updated
  15. Run the Browser Check to ensure that your computer’s Java has been updated.