Browser Requirements

For maintaining stability and security with BUWorks Internet Explorer 11 in compatibility mode (Windows 7 or higher required) and Firefox 45 ESR are the recommended browsers (please check compatibility with other applications you use). BUworks also supports the current version of Google Chrome and Internet Explorer 9 and 10 (compatibility mode).

System Requirements

The minimum and recommended system requirements for use of BUworks are comparable to those outlined for Blackboard Learn:

  • Windows Vista SP 2 or Windows 7
  • Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) through OS X 10.9 (Yosemite)

Please note that faculty and staff are eligible to run the most current and complete version of Windows on both BU-owned and home machines, as outlined by the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement. Mac OS X is available through Sourcing.


  1. Make sure you have reviewed the Browser and System Requirements outlined above.
  2. Check the version of Java on your computer and update if necessary. Note: Only the Sun/Oracle version of Java is officially supported. If you experience any problems using the IBM version (or others) you should remove that version and install Java, from the link below.
    1. Visit the Java test page.
    2. A box should appear saying, “Your Java is working.” If it does not, please use the Get Help icon at the top of this page to submit a request for assistance.
    3. Check the line titled Version. Your computer should be configured with the latest version (Java SE 8 Update 91 as of this writing). If you do not have this version or higher of Java installed, please click the Get Help icon at the top of this page.
  3. Configure your Pop-up Blocker Settings as described below.
  4. If and ONLY IF you are using a Mac, make sure to update your Adobe Flash Player to the most recent version.

Pop-up Blocker Settings

BUworks requires adjustments to your pop-up blocker settings.