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Part: VII Mac OS X: Appendixes > Maintaining Mac OS X

Maintaining Mac OS X

As with the other software it produces, Apple periodically updates Mac OS X. You can configure the Software Update utility to help you to maintain Mac OS X.

1.
Open the System Preferences utility.

2.
Click the Software Update icon. You will see the Software Update window (see Figure A.3).

Figure A.3. You can use the Software Update utility to maintain Mac OS X.


3.
If you have a network connection to the Internet, click the Automatically radio button and choose the frequency with which you want to check for updates using the pop-up menu.

4.
If you don't have a network connection (you use a dial-up modem) or if you want to perform a manual update, you can click the Update Now button to check for updates.

Tip

If you use the Automatically option, I recommend a frequency of weekly. Checking more often than that adds a lot of network activity that isn't really necessary. If you hear about a software update, you can always open the Software Update pane of the System Preferences utility and do a manual update.

When the utility finds updates to the software installed on your Mac, including Mac OS X, you will be able to download and install them.

5.
Click the Show Log button to view a log of Software Update's activity.

6.
Quit the System Preferences utility.


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