Mac OS Upgrade Info

You can check what version operating system you currently have by clicking the Apple menu in the top left corner and choosing “About this Mac”.

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If your macOS is 10.12 or older, you should upgrade.

There are two ways to upgrade your Mac’s operating system:

1) Put in a ticket for ITS to schedule an appointment

2) Download and install it yourself through the Apple App Store

    • may take several hours depending on network speed
    • any errors during install may be irreversible and cause loss of data

ITS strongly recommends you put in a ticket to help with your upgrade.

When you put in a ticket for assistance, a tech will contact you to arrange a good time to do the work. They will offer a loaner computer, if needed and will return your computer in an agreed upon length of time. Depending on the amount of data, this can be from 4 hours to the next day. They will:

  • make a backup of your data and verify it
  • check the software and hardware to make sure it’s compatible with the new system
  • suggest needed memory and/or hard drive upgrades if needed

If you are doing the upgrade yourself, please follow these critical steps:

  • Backup your data (**IMPORTANT**)

  • Check your software to make sure it compatible with the upgrade

  • Check your hardware to make sure it can run the upgrade

ITS Catalina info page