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Chapter 8. System Preferences > Software Update

8.21. Software Update

Few operating-system ideas are simpler or better than this one: Whenever Apple improves or fixes one of the innumerable software pieces that make up Mac OS X,

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Storing Apple Software Updates

The great unspoken migraine of Software Update is this: If you ever reinstall Mac OS X from its original CD or DVD (when you install a new hard drive or move to a new computer, for example), you'll have to download and install all relevant updates again. That is, if you bought Mac OS X 10.3 and it came with iPhoto 2.0.1, you'll have to download and install the 10.3.1 updater, the iPhoto 2.0.3 updater, and so on.

Fortunately, although you can't skip the reinstallation process, you can skip the download step—by preserving the update installers as they arrive.

Each time Software Update finds updates to install, turn on the ones you wish to install and then choose Update→ Install and Keep Package.

Later, you can reinstall your downloaded updates at any time by just double-clicking each installer. (They wind up in your Macintosh HD→Library→Packages folder.)

The sole downside: When there are multiple updates that require restarting your Mac, you have to restart after each one you install. On its own, Software Update would save up its one restart until all of the updates are installed.



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