Running Software Updates on OS X

In technical terms, one of the main reasons why Apple Devices stop working or behave irratically is because the device has not had all of its updates done. The device is running an older OS with a new App, or visa versa. Apple also issue updates and bug fixes through its update service.

Running updates is the “ have you switched it off and on” of the Mac OS X world. However, its importance shouldn’t be underestimated: Apple have even included a new software update and caching service in its OS X Server product.

To run updates on your OS X device:

  1. Go to the Apple Menu, and you will see App Store as an option:

2. This will open up your App Store preference pane, listing your updates that you’ve done recently and the updates that are available to be downloaded.

3. You can select “Update All” to download all your updates, or select the Update next to each item:

4. If you are updating any paid apps, or purchased apps, it may ask you to sign in with the Apple ID that you purchased the App on.

5. The updates will now download. Depending on how fast your internet connection is, or whether your enterprise is using Apples Caching or Software Update service , these updates may take some time to download.

Advanced options in Software update:

Software updates do have some flexibility built into them.

  1. From the Apple Menu, Select System Preferences:

2. In System Preferences, Select App Store:

3. You will see the following screen, more or less:

4. We want to pay attention to the options under “ Automatically check for Update”

Automatically Check for Updates

When this is checked on, the system is going to check for updates once a day to determine if updates are needed or available for the system. This check in itself does not use a lot of data.

Download Newly available updates in the background

When this option is checked on, the system will automatically download updates for apps that have been purchased from the Mac App Store. As a result, this option will use considerable bandwidth.

Install app updates

When this option is checked, you will receive a notification that newMac App Store items have been automatically updated.

Install OS X updates

When this option is checked, you will receive a notification that new OS X system items have been automatically updated.

Install system data files and security updates

You should always have this option enabled on your Mac. This option facilitates the installation of important security and improvements are always installed on your Mac.

Manually checking what you’ve downloaded:

1. Open the Apple Menu and push ALT: you will see that About this Mac changes to System Information:

2. This will open up your System Information Page — an enormous resource of information about your Mac.

3. Browse down and find Software > Installations:

4. Find “ Install Date” and press until you get the installed software listed by most recently installed.

5. Now you have a complete list of everything thats been installed by your Mac by date.

disclaimer: this blog article is meant purely for research purposes. Core Group Training is not liable for any data loss, system damage, or malfunction of the device in any shape or form caused through the use or implementation of any steps contained in this post. We strenuously recommend backing up your files correctly before attempting any troubleshooting on your device*