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Keeping Macintosh Operating System Up to Date

Follow these instructions to keep Macintosh computers up to date with Apple Computer updates.

Backups, Training, Questions and Problems

It is always wise to back up computer systems on a regular basis and prior to making significant modifications to them.

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Mac OS X: Auto Updating

  1. Open System Preferences and click on the Software Update icon.

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  1. On the Software Update window (below), at the Update Software option, select the "Automatically" choice for how updates will be handled.

    At the Check for Updates option, we suggest you select the "Weekly" option for how often software updates will be checked. Checking will only occur while you are connected to the internet.

    You may also click the "Update Now" button to force a check for software updates to occur immediately if you desire.

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  1. When software updates are found for your computer system, the following window will appear, allowing you to select from among the listed updates those that relate to your personal computer system and software.

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  1. When you highlight any of the software update choices, a description of that choice will appear in the lower part of the Software Update window.

    After you have clicked in the box in front of all pertinent software update selections, click the "Install" button to start the update process.

Mac OS Versions Prior to OS X: Auto-Updating

  1. Access Software Update through the Apple menu | Control Panels | Software Update option.

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  1. On the Software Update window (above), you have three options.
    1. You may click the "Update Now" button anytime you want to force a check for software updates to occur immediately.
    2. You should check the box in front of the "Update software automatically" option. Then click the "Schedule" button to set the day of the week and the time of day for updates to occur. Note: If you are not connected to the internet, software checking will be done the next time you do connect to the internet.
    3. Also check the box in front of the "Ask me before installing new software" option so you can have some control over the actual update function.
  1. When software updates are found for your computer system, the following "Install Software" window will appear, allowing you to select from among the listed updates those that relate to your personal computer system and software.

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  1. After you have clicked in the box in front of all pertinent software update selections, click the "Install" button to start the update process.