Determining Your Operating System: How to Guide

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Before you begin downloading Zoom on your device/computer/laptop make sure you know what the operating system is. Knowing what the operating system is will ensure you are downloading the correct version of Zoom.

An operating system is software that supports a computer’s basic functions, such as scheduling tasks, executing applications, and controlling peripherals. (Definition from Oxford Languages)


MacOS Operating System

You have an Apple computer/laptop.

  • On the top left of your computer’s home screen, you’ll see an apple that’s missing a bite. You may also see the bitten apple on the back of your computer/laptop. See example below.
    Apple iconYou can click on this bitten apple icon in the upper left corner of your home screen to get more details about your Mac computer.
    About this MacClicking on ‘About This Mac’ will give you an overview of your Mac, including your Mac model, processor, memory, serial number, and version of macOS.


    Windows Operating System

You have a Windows PC/laptop not an Apple computer.

  • On the bottom left of your computer’s home screen, you’ll a flag made of four squares. See example below.Start menu
    You may see the flag in colors or just solid white or black. See other examples below.
    Windows logoMicrosoft logo


    If you need additional assistance identifying your operating system please reach out to Emoni Burgess at 910-455-5873, MONDAY–FRIDAY, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., or emoni_burgess@ncsu.edu.