An application developed by Apple to automatically install the latest version of Apple software on Apple computers.

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What is causing softwareupdated to use excessive resources and kill the responsiveness of my Mac?

Usually my Mac performs pretty comfortably but for the last hour or so it's been almost unusable. When I type it takes a few seconds to actually display what I've typed or just beachballs for a little ...
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How do I stop Apple from offering me iTunes 11 as a software download in OS X

I don't want to disable Apple software update, I just want to prevent myself from accidentally overwriting my iTunes 10 with a working Party Shuffle/iTunes DJ with the new iTunes 11. I have iTunes 11 ...
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How to upgrade to OS X El Capitan?

My question would be how to update to OS X El Capitan (the release-version on September 30th) in a "safe" way. Of course I'll make a backup of my whole machine, but I'm particularly concerned, as I've ...
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Blocking iOS Wifi automatic update downloads?

I've got several iPads connected to Verizon mifi devices(MiFi460LE) iOS has a "feature" that automatically downloads OS updates in the background without user input. (You still need to manually ...
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Software update never completes

I have an eMac (PPC G4) with 512 MB RAM, running 10.5.8. When I run Software Update, the "Checking for new software..." process never completes. I have tried deleting my ...
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Can ghost app updates be cleared in OS X?

I have this Twitter application that shows on my Mountain Lion available updates list but I don't have any twitter app on my Mac. I had, but I have deleted it times ago. Since then, every time ...
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Being asked to log in to a different account to update Mac App Store apps

I have an update for iPhoto available in the App Store but whenever I click the update button the following appears: The account belongs to my wife, and as far as I know it's never been used on my ...
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Xcode and Apple Software Update

Some of my coworkers receive updates to Xcode through the regular software update mechanism in OSX. I however have always had to manually download it from Apple and install it myself. What's the ...
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How to delete an app stuck in update mode?

Several months ago the Groupon app had an update which I selected, but it never completed the update. It always shows up on the update list and when you tap it, it shows "Updating". The progress bar ...
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OS X Server (Mavericks) requires wired network connection for Caching?

I recently installed OS X Server on my Mavericks machine, and want to use the server (among other things) to cache software and app updates for other devices on my network. However, when I try to turn ...
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What is the best OS X version for iBook G4?

I have an old but perfectly usable iBook G4 (1.33 GHz, 512 MB RAM, 40 GB disk). I am currently running Mac OS X 10.4.11 but I'm wondering what sort of update should it take. What is the most recent ...
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When an iPhone app is updated and the minimum required iOS increases, what happens for customers who still have the lower iOS?

For example, I'm a developer, and my app is released with a minimum iOS of 3.0 required. If I release an update requiring iOS 5.0, what happens? Can existing customers running 3.0 attempt to update? ...
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Is there any way to schedule software update?

I have software updates set to check weekly, but it seems to happen at random times during the day. I'd really like to have it run at a specific day and time - say 4:30 on Friday - so that I can just ...
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Why can't I install Xcode 4.4 on Mountain Lion?

When I try to download the Xcode 4.4 update I'm presented with this error: Xcode can’t be installed on “Mac HD” because the version of OS X is too new. But the change log says that the update is ...
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Can't connect to app store after installing VPN software

I started experiencing problems after playing with hotspotshield.com, it may have done something to the core apple connection preferences. I have looked all over the internet and I can't find a ...
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Is it safe to install Windows Updates on a Boot Camp'ed OS?

I just installed Windows 7 on Boot Camp, and when I login to windows, it says that there are Windows Updates available. The problem is that one time when I tried to install these updates, it prevented ...
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How to update Java from 8 Update 31 to 8 Update 51 when install fails?

I'm trying to update Java on my Mac OSX Yosemite. In the Java Control Panel, it states: A critical Java security update is available. 8 Update 51 (57 MB) Your current version is Java 8 Update 31. ...
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ios 8.0.1 - download completed but unable to install

I downloaded iOS 8.0.1, tried couple of times - 'Install Now', it asks me to enter passcode, then it asks me to accept 'Terms and Conditions', once accepted it shows message - 'Verifying update...', ...
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App Store and Mavericks

I run 10.8.5 on one of my Macs, because some of the software I use doesn't seem to get on well with Mavericks. Is there any way of stopping App Store from repeatedly asking me to update to Mavericks? ...
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Xcode 4 and Snow Leopard

This is the thing : I have Xcode 4.3 on my MacBook Pro (running Lion) I am stuck with 4.0.2 on my iMac (running Snow Leopard) Given that I would really like to retain a SnowLeopard-running machine ...
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How to download any iOS manually?

I'm still stuck on iOS 7 because iTunes and the blessed updaters don't work. iTunes will start the download, but always drops the connection before finishing. It appears to be incapable of resuming ...
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Can I update to OS X 10.8 from OS X 10.7 without doing all softwares updates?

Do I have to perform all system updates to Lion before I update to Mountain Lion?
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Will a restore to default factory settings remove the firmware updates from my Iphone?

If I restore my iphone to default factory settings will it remove the ios firmware updates and leave ios in the state it was in when I got the phone?
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How much free space do I need to install an app update?

For very large apps, such a GPS apps, the app store will decline updating an app if you don't have enough free space. How much free space is needed? For instance, I have a GPS navigation app that is ...
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What has been deprecated or removed in OS X 10.9, Mavericks?

For the last couple of releases of OS X, there have been some parts of the OS and the utilities that have been simplified or removed compared to the previous release. Especially as seem from a power ...
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Can I download updates for another computer?

I have a Mac Pro that needs a lot of updates, but my home internet is very slow. I have a laptop, however, with access to better internet. Is it possible for me to access the updates on my laptop, ...
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Should I install new drivers on Bootcamp?

I installed Windows on my Mac and Bootcamp installed NVidia Control Panel. Today I received a notification in the Control Panel about a new driver. Should I install it or should I wait for drivers ...
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How to remove deleted app from OS X update list?

I'm using a Macbook pro mid 2010. I have an deleted app always showing in my update list and it's very annoying. This problem has occurred sine Mountain lion. But it becomes quiet eye-catching after I ...
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Trapped: MacBook always shuts down during EFI SMC Update 1.8. Can't boot. How to remove updater from boot routine?

MacBook Pro i7 Mid-2012 (MacBookPro9,2) running Mac OS X 10.8.5: Downloaded the "offered" EFI SMC Update 1.8 through the AppStore Updates. MacBook restarted, grey progress bar appears w/ spinning ...
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Can't update from El Capitan public beta

I took part in the public beta of El Capitan but now that the official version has been released I can't get it to update. If I go to Updates in the App Store I get "No Updates Available" and if I try ...
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Prevent Yosemite from appearing in Software Update section of App Store?

Updated title for Yosemite / 10.10, the issue remains the same. This is mostly a moot point for our organization as we're starting to let more and more people upgrade to Mavericks as they desire, ...
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Is there a way to show the release dates of System software updates?

I was previously hit by the Thunderbolt Update that made the iMac not bootable, so as a precaution in the future, I may check and see the release dates of all the Software Updates, and if the update ...
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Why can't my MacBook Air run Software Update?

One of the first things that I tried to do when I got my new MacBook Air out of the box was upgrade iTunes to 10.5 (through Software Update). It downloaded the files (four different updates in total), ...
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What solutions exist when apps don't download or update on iOS 6?

I've been having a problem with installing and updating apps after upgrading to iOS 6 on my iPad (3rd gen). When I click the Install or Update button the button, it turns inactive with "Installing" ...
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Will iOS 6 be available OTA?

With iOS 6 due the 19th of September, I was wondering if it will be available over-the-air (OTA) like iOS 5.1. Is the Software Update in Settings only for minor updates, or can Apple push out major ...
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Why can't I install iOS 9.3?

I saw an update for my iOS 9.2.1 device to iOS 9.3. However, it said that the update cannot be verified, although it was downloaded. I even deleted all data and applications from the device, but I ...
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Is it possible to update the itunes without updating Xcode?

I am having updates for both itunes and xcode in the App store. When I click update to itunes, it asks me to close both the itunes and xcode. I don't want to update xcode. Is it possible update ...
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What is the latest version of Safari that runs on PowerPC (PPC)?

I wonder if Apple still delivers new version of safari for PowerPC-based macs. On that computer, I'm stuck with firefox 3.6.28. Is Safari still updated on PPC system updates?
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How to view Software Update menu in top toolbar

According to this: http://www.apple.com/uk/softwareupdate/ I should be able to update Mac software from the View menu of System Preferences. However, I don't see a Software Update option. Here's ...
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How should I schedule a one off job?

Context: I want to schedule various servers I look after to install various updates (both through SU and not) and restart as and when necessary but remotely and out of office hours. Not on a regular ...
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Can I prevent an iPad app ever being updated?

The latest version of Skype for the iPad has commercials. It will probably be necessary to upgrade at some point, but until then I want to stay with the commercial free version. Is there any way I ...
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How to skip iOS 9.3 update?

Is there a way to skip this (or any future) updates? I'm using an iPhone 5s.
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Force Macs to run Xprotect updater through terminal to get latest NTPD security patch

Apple released the the patch for an NTPD hole. This patch is automatically updated if you have SystemPreferences-->App Store-->Install system data files and security updates; checked. Which we don't. ...
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Change update frequency of app store in Mountain Lion?

The mac app store on Mac OS X (10.8.3) notifies me frequently about new app updates by showing a little popup. How can I change the update frequency or the way Mac OS X notifies me?
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All default OS X icons disappeared

Has someone else this kind of problem after yesterday's update for July'12 Macbook Pro? I have tried all the typical things like Reboot, Restore Disk Permissions, killall SystemUIServer. The one ...
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I want to restore iPhone data that didn't get restored a few weeks ago, but don't want to lose data since then

I installed iOS 5 on my wife's iPhone 3GS about 3 weeks ago. When the process was over, she was missing her apps. I reinstalled these from the App Store via the Purchased section. However, she was ...
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Why do OTA updates require so much space?

Why do OTA updates for iOS always require at least 3GB of free space? It's kind of a pain to have to delete apps and then to have to reinstall them again.
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Using Software Update server without binding Mac to Lion Server domain

I've got a Mac Mini Server running Lion Server. Right now, it is serving the Netboot and DHCP services. I'd like to set it up as a Software Update server so Mac users in my office can run their ...
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Do I need to install the Boot Camp update in Mac OS X and Windows 7?

I'm running Windows 7 on a Boot Camp partition on a 2010 Mac Pro running Lion. Every so often I'm prompted to download and install the latest update to the Boot Camp software under Windows but this ...
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How to silently update OS X and reboot if necesary?

I am looking for a silent (unattended) way of updating OS X that would not require use intervention. Is this possible, how?