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 Learn. 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 Vista to Windows 7

  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 may 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 also 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. Install Java only..
  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

Windows 8

  1. Press the Windows key on your keyboard to be brought to the Windows 8 Start screen.
  2. Type Control Panel and when you see the Control Panel icon, either click on it or press the Enter key on your keyboard to go into Desktop mode and launch the Control Panel.
    Windows 8 Start Screen - Control Panel application
  3. This will open up your Windows Control Panel window. Click the Programs link.
    Windows 8 Control Panel
  4. Click the Java icon. It looks like a coffee mug. If a Windows User Account Control security window appears asking for permission to run the program, click Allow.
    Windows 8 Control Panel - Java icon
  5. Click the Update tab and then click the Update Now button.
    Java Update
  6. If an update is available, a Java update window will appear as well as an icon in the bottom right-hand corner of your task bar.

  7. Close the Java Control Panel (Step #5) as well as any open web browsers prior to beginning the Java update installation.
  8. In the Java update window, click the Install button.
  9. Follow the installation wizard. NOTE: During the installation wizard, you may be prompted to install software other than Java. Clear out any of these check boxes, ensuring that you install Java only.
  10. You will see a success message when the installation is complete.