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Part 13. Maintaining Your Mac > Updating Programs with Software Update

Updating Programs with Software Update

Start System Preferences and click the Software Update button.

Click the Update Software tab and click Check Now.

If updates are located, click the name of each update to see information about it.

Check the boxes next to each update you want to install and click Install.

INTRODUCTION

Software Update checks with Apple over the Internet to see whether it finds updated versions of your system software and preinstalled programs. Then it can download and install updates for you. You enter an admin name and password when you update your software. Mac OS X assumes only admin users are authorized to change software.


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Behind the Scenes

If you have a broadband Internet connection, check Check for updates and choose an interval. Do this at the time of day when you want the check to occur—Software Update starts counting the time interval from the time you make this setting.


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Keeping Track

If you want to know which updates have been installed and when, click the Installed Updates tab to see a list. Click the column headers to sort the list by the date, the update's name, or the version number.




Enter an admin name and password and click OK.

If a license agreement appears, click Agree. Software Update downloads and installs the update.

Click Quit.


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