Updates to Faculty/Staff Computers:
The following are approved updates that you can run on your office computer using the Windows XP operating system. If other icons, windows, or pop-ups appear asking for updates do not proceed! Consult with IITS before adding updates other than the following so we can be sure the updates won't affect your computer adversely.
Novell Desktop Deployment Manager:
This is our primary patch system which allows IITS to decide which updates your computer needs and will get. If a window like this appears you must install the patch. If the description of the patch says it requires a restart and you are in the middle of using the computer, you can simply click Snooze and install the patch later. You can only Snooze the patch until the deadline time listed, then it must be installed.
Java: Java is a technology generally used on the Web and often has new versions available. An icon will appear in the system tray to tell you when updates are available. You can update if you wish.
New versions of this Internet browser all appear to work properly with Banner and other UC systems.
Shockwave, and Flash updates are also acceptable.
All necessary Windows updates will be provided to your computer via the Novell Desktop Deployment Manager instead of Windows Update. This allows us to control which updates are received and ignore those which cause problems.
Apple often releases new updates for common software such as iTunes, quicktime, or Apple Mail. These updates sometimes cause problems. You may need to update some programs, such as iTunes, for devices to work properly. But hesitate on updating critical software, like Apple Mail or Safari because the update may introduce new problems to your computer.
Some versions of Adobe have caused issues for us in the past. New versions typically offer no new features and run slower. If your current version of Adobe Reader works properly, there is no need to update it.
Please address any questions to the Computer Help Desk.
If you often copy and paste by going to the menu, and clicking through Edit - Copy, Edit - Paste then you'll find it much faster to use keyboard shortcuts To Copy, highlight what you'd like to copy, hold the Ctrl key, and press c. Release both buttons. To Paste, put the cursor where you would like to paste, hold the Ctrl key, and press v. Release both buttons.