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How to Control When macOS Updates Are Installed

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How to Control When macOS Updates Are Installed

Updates are necessary, but annoying. Which is why your Mac, by default, installs them automatically.

System updates protect your Mac from malware and other threats, and occasionally add new features. The same goes for software updates, so it’s important to keep all your apps up to date. But popups asking users whether they want to install updates have a way of being ignored, even when the user knows that updates are important. So automatic updates make sense for most people.

…But not all people. Some of you prefer having control over what is installed when. Happily, there’s a way to take control, and it’s in System Preferences.

How to Control When macOS Updates Are Installed

Click the “App Store” button and you’ll see the automatic update settings right at the top of the window.

How to Control When macOS Updates Are Installed

The first two options are about checking for and downloading updates—not installing them.

  • The top option, “Automatically check for updates,” controls whether your Mac regularly checks for new versions or not. There’s no good reason to turn this off: it’s important to know about updates when they’re ready.
  • The next option, “Download newly available updates in the background,” controls whether or not you need to tell the system to download updates. The only reason to disable this feature is the need to manage bandwidth usage. If you don’t have that need, it’s best to leave this enabled.

Again, neither of these options installs updates automatically: they just set whether the system should look for updates regularly, and whether the system should download those updates when available. If you check the above two options, and only those options, you’ll still need to tell the system to install updates.

How to Control When macOS Updates Are Installed

The next three options determine whether your system will install updates without your intervention.

  • Check “Install App updates” and applications you’ve downloaded using the Mac App Store will install automatically, without you having to do anything. Note that you’ll have to close the program in order for the update to install, otherwise you will end up seeing a notification about it.

How to Control When macOS Updates Are Installed

  • Check “Install macOS updates”, and decimal point updates (for example, updating from 10.12.3 to 10.12.4) will install automatically. You will be asked before your system restarts. New versions of macOS (ie, updating from 10.12 Sierra to 10.13 Some-Other-California-Landmark) will not install automatically.
  • Check “install system data files and security updates” to ensure that these regular updates make it to your system. These updates rarely require system reboots, and help keep your Mac secure, so there’s no reason not to enable them in our opinion.

There’s no right or wrong way to configure all of this: it’s all about balancing your tolerance for for pop-ups with your desire to control when and how updates are installed. Most users are probably fine sticking with the default, which for a few years now has been downloading and installing updates automatically.

If you want even more flexibility, consider updating Mac apps from the Terminal. It’s a lot faster than opening the App Store, but doesn’t require that you trust Apple to install updates automatically.

Why Are Some Apps Still Bugging Me?

These settings only apply to macOS updates and applications downloaded from the Mac App Store, which means that any software you downloaded outside Apple’s ecosystem have to handle their own updates. How this works varies from application to application: many will show you a simple notification when an update is available, allowing you to download and install updates in one click.

Anything from Microsoft will require Microsoft Auto-Update (which for some freaking reason always needs to update itself before it can update any software.) There’s not much you can do to change this, other than check the settings for individual applications and see if they offer automatic updates. Microsoft offers this feature, for example:

How to Control When macOS Updates Are Installed

We wish there was one central place to handle all of these third party updates, but so far as we know there isn’t, so you’ll just have to find these options on a per-app basis. Good luck!

If you’re the system administrator for your organization, you can manage updates for your Mac deployment.

macOS Big Sur and later include new ways to manage macOS updates with MDM, replacing options in earlier macOS versions and offering new options to provide more control for administrators.

In macOS Catalina and earlier, you can configure a custom software update server URL to control which updates are offered to clients. You can also use the softwareupdate command to ignore specific updates. In macOS Big Sur and later, these methods are replaced by MDM restrictions that allow you to delay updates for up to 90 days.

You can still use softwareupdate –ignore on macOS Catalina 10.15.7 or macOS Mojave 10.14.6 clients to prevent installation of macOS Big Sur or macOS Monterey, but the –ignore option is no longer available in macOS Big Sur and later.

Manage when updates are available

To configure delayed software updates for macOS with MDM, use the Restrictions payload. In macOS Big Sur and later, you can also delay updates to apps like Safari. By default, updates are delayed for 30 days when these options are enabled, and you can delay the update for up to 90 days. Your macOS clients will receive updates automatically when the delay expires. More information about delay expirations for Apple updates is available in the manage software updates documentation in Apple Device Deployment.

Install updates on demand

If you need to deploy updates while a delay is active, MDM commands allow you to download and install specific updates on demand without changing delay settings. macOS Big Sur adds new options to give you even more control over install actions.

You can use MDM commands to tell macOS clients to download updates in the background, to install previously downloaded updates, or to send a default instruction that allows the client to take appropriate action based on its current state.

MDM commands can tell clients on macOS Big Sur or later to download an update and notify the user in the App Store when the update is ready to install, or simply download the update and install it at a later time. If an update requires a restart, you can use a command to force a macOS restart with no user interaction. macOS Monterey adds an option to specify the number of times a device should prompt to install before the update is enforced.

If you force a restart, data loss may occur.

Manage client settings

You can manage additional macOS client settings using the Software Update payload, which allows you to control whether macOS clients check for and install updates automatically, whether a client can install prerelease software, and more. This payload also lets you set client options and prevent end users from making changes to your settings.

For details on using any of the payload settings or commands described, consult your MDM provider documentation.

Периодически Apple выпускает обновления программного обеспечения macOS, которые могут содержать обновления приложений из комплекта Mac и важные обновления функций безопасности.

Если Вы получили уведомление о наличии обновлений программного обеспечения, то можете указать время установки обновления или настроить напоминание на следующий день. Наличие обновлений macOS также можно проверить вручную в разделе «Обновления ПО» Системных настроек.

Совет. Чтобы проверить наличие обновлений приложений, загруженных из App Store, откройте App Store.

Проверка обновлений вручную

Чтобы установить обновления вручную на Mac, выполните одно из следующих действий.

Чтобы загрузить обновления программного обеспечения macOS, выберите меню Apple

> «Системные настройки», затем нажмите «Обновление ПО» .

Совет. Также можно нажать меню Apple — количество доступных обновлений (при их наличии) отображается рядом с пунктом «Системные настройки». Выберите «Системные настройки», чтобы продолжить.

Чтобы обновить приложения, загруженные из App Store, нажмите меню Apple — количество доступных обновлений (при их наличии) отображается рядом с пунктом «App Store». Выберите «App Store», чтобы продолжить в приложении App Store .

Настройка автоматической проверки наличия обновлений программного обеспечения для Вашего Mac

На Mac выберите меню Apple

> «Системные настройки», затем нажмите «Обновление ПО» .

Чтобы автоматически устанавливать обновления macOS, установите флажок «Автоматически устанавливать обновления ПО Mac».

Чтобы настроить расширенные параметры обновления, нажмите «Дополнительно» и выполните одно из следующих действий.

Чтобы Ваш Mac автоматически проверял наличие обновлений, выберите «Проверить наличие обновлений».

Чтобы Ваш Mac загружал обновления без предварительного запроса, выберите «Загружать новые обновления в фоновом режиме».

Чтобы Ваш Mac устанавливал обновления macOS автоматически, выберите «Устанавливать обновления macOS».

Чтобы Ваш Mac устанавливал обновления приложений из App Store автоматически, выберите «Устанавливать обновления приложений из App Store».

Если нужно, чтобы Ваш Mac автоматически устанавливал системные файлы и обновления функций безопасности, выберите «Устанавливать системные файлы и обновления системы безопасности».

Рекомендуется выбрать «Проверить наличие обновлений», «Загружать новые обновления в фоновом режиме» и «Устанавливать системные файлы и обновления системы безопасности», чтобы автоматически получать новейшие обновления.

Примечание. Для автоматической загрузки обновлений сетевой адаптер MacBook, MacBook Pro и MacBook Air должен быть подключен к источнику питания.

Posted on January 14th, 2021 by Kirk McElhearn

How to Control When macOS Updates Are Installed

You use lots of software, and much of it is updated regularly. Updates to apps—and also to the operating system—can provide new features, performance improvements, and bug fixes, and those fixes often remedy security vulnerabilities to protect you from potential threats. All of these are important, and it’s a good idea to keep your software updated. (In most cases, at least.) Here’s how.

Getting software updates on iOS

You get software updates on iOS in a number of ways. App updates are provided in the App Store, and operating system updates in the Settings app.

To check for updates in the iOS or iPadOs App Store, open the app and tap your avatar or initials in the circle at the top right of the window. You’ll see some account information such as your name and Apple ID, you’l be able to see your purchased apps and subscriptions, and do payment-related tasks such buy or redeem gift cards, and more. Scroll down a bit, and you’ll see Available Updates, if there are any; below that, you’ll see Updated Recently, showing apps you’ve updated in the past couple of weeks.

How to Control When macOS Updates Are Installed

Tap Update to update a single app, or Update All to update all your apps. If you want to check for available updates, pull down on that screen to refresh the list.

You can choose to automatically download iOS app updates so you don’t have to worry about doing this manually. Go to Settings > App Stores, and in the Automatic Downloads section of the screen, toggle on App Updates.

How to Control When macOS Updates Are Installed

You’ll also see settings for whether you want to automatically download apps or updates while not connected to wi-fi, and you can set a size limit beyond which your iPhone will ask for your permission to download when using cellular data.

To check for iOS updates, go to Settings > General > Software Update. If an update is available, you’ll have the option to install it. On this screen, tap Automatic Updates, then you can choose whether to download iOS updates, and whether to have apps automatically updated. As you can see on that screen, automatic iOS updates are only applied overnight, when your iOS device is connected to a charger and on wi-fi. Your iOS device will restart after each operating system update.

How to Control When macOS Updates Are Installed

You may not necessarily want to automatically update your iOS device, however. For apps, you may not want to be surprised by new (or removed) features when you go to use an app. And for iOS, you may not want to be on the bleeding edge and download updates immediately after they are released. Although rare, there have been cases where iOS updates have caused problems with iPhones and iPads, and Apple has had to pull them and release revised versions of them. On the other hand, leaving Automatic Updates enabled will ensure that critical iOS updates get installed on your device as soon as they become available, which can help you keep your device more secure.

Getting software updates on macOS

The way to get updates on macOS is similar to the way iOS delivers updates—at least, that’s true if you get most of your Mac software from the App Store. To update apps purchased or downloaded from the Mac App Store, open the App Store app and click on Updates.

How to Control When macOS Updates Are Installed

For apps not purchased from the Mac App Store, the way to check for updates varies. There is often a Check for Updates option in the app’s preferences, or under the app’s name menu (next to the Apple menu in the top-left corner of the screen), sometimes under About [the name of the app] as is the case with some web browsers. Some apps have their own updater app, such as Microsoft AutoUpdate (included with Microsoft Office) and Intego’s NetUpdate. Other Mac apps update themselves using a framework like Sparkle. In some cases, an app will check for updates, then tell you to go to the developer’s website to download the latest version of the app.

To macOS updates, go to the Software Update pane of System Preferences, and if there’s an update available, you’ll see a button saying Install Now.

How to Control When macOS Updates Are Installed

If you click Advanced…, you see a number of options allowing you to enable automatic updates.

How to Control When macOS Updates Are Installed

  • Check for updates: Enable this to tell your Mac to check for operating system updates and security updates regularly. This should be checked.
  • Download new updates when available: If you check this, your Mac will download new updates as soon as they are available.
  • Install macOS updates: This tells your Mac to install operating system and security updates as soon as possible. Your Mac will warn you if it needs to be restarted, so you can choose to delay the update if necessary.
  • Install updates from the App Store: This does the same as the setting in the App Store preferences.
  • Install system data files and security updates: This setting, which is independent from the Install macOS updates setting, tells Software Update to automatically install certain security updates and some system files that do not require a restart, such as XProtect updates.

As with iOS, you may want to hold off on installing macOS updates automatically, especially because it’s a good idea to fully back up your Mac before installing such an update. However, installing system files and security updates is a very good idea, because these are updates that are essential to protect your Mac.

It’s worth noting that if you have used unsupported methods to install a recent version of macOS on an old Mac, or if you have built a “hackintosh” (a PC not designed by Apple that runs macOS, potentially in violation of Apple’s macOS software license agreement), you won’t be able to install software updates automatically, and may need to wait a while to install them. The third-party software used to leverage macOS on unsupported Macs may need to be updated to be compatible with newer versions of macOS.

How can I learn more?

How to Control When macOS Updates Are InstalledEach week on the Intego Mac Podcast, Intego’s Mac security experts discuss the latest Apple news, security and privacy stories, and offer practical advice on getting the most out of your Apple devices. Be sure to follow the podcast to make sure you don’t miss any episodes.

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Deploying macOS Upgrades and Updates with Jamf Pro

Jamf Pro 9.96 or Later
9 June 2021

Apple releases a new operating system for computers annually and several minor macOS updates throughout the year. It is recommended that you upgrade or update to the latest macOS version to reduce security vulnerabilities, support greater user efficiency and productivity with new features, and use new computer management capabilities. In the past, administrators have used imaging to upgrade to the latest version of macOS. Apple does not recommend or support monolithic system imaging as an installation method because of recent improvements in macOS security, hardware, management, and deployment. Instead, you can use Jamf Pro or other workflows supported by Apple to upgrade macOS.

Before deploying a macOS upgrade or update, you should test it with your environment to see how it will impact your infrastructure, security, applications, and management. There are several ways to upgrade or update the computer operating system without using imaging. The following flowchart covers best practice methods for upgrading and updating macOS to help you make a decision about which method in this guide to use:

How to Control When macOS Updates Are Installed

If you want to retain computer data, you can use the following workflows to upgrade or update macOS:

Updating macOS by sending a mass action command—You can use a mass action command to update macOS on computers that are enrolled via automated MDM enrollment (formerly DEP) using a PreStage enrollment in Jamf Pro. This method is recommended for minor macOS releases, and is the workflow recommended by Apple. For more information, see Updating macOS by Sending a Mass Action Command.

Running Software Update using a policy—You can run Software Update using a policy to update to a minor macOS release. When used with a software update server, this process provides more control over which update is installed. For more information, see Running Software Update Using a Policy.

Installing macOS from macOS Recovery—If you want to manually upgrade to the latest macOS compatible with your computer, you can use macOS Recovery. This method requires an internet connection during the upgrade process and is only for major macOS releases. For more information, see Installing macOS from macOS Recovery.

Packaging the macOS installer and installing macOS—If you want to automate the upgrade process, you can package the macOS installer and install it automatically or allow users to install it via Self Service. Additionally, you have the option of using a script to customize the end user experience. This method is recommended for major macOS releases. For more information, see Packaging and Deploying the macOS Installer.

If you want to erase computer data, you can use the following workflows to upgrade macOS:

Installing macOS from macOS Recovery—If you want to manually upgrade to the latest macOS compatible with your computer, you can use macOS Recovery. To erase computer data before installing macOS, you can use the Disk Utility. This method requires an internet connection during the upgrade process and is only for major macOS releases. For more information, see Installing macOS from macOS Recovery.

Packaging the macOS installer and installing macOS—(macOS 10.13.4 or later only) If you want to automate the upgrade process, you can package the macOS installer with the –eraseinstall flag included and install it automatically or allow users to install it via Self Service. Additionally, you have the option of using a script to customize the end-user experience. This method is recommended for major macOS releases. For more information, see Packaging and Deploying the macOS Installer.

If you are not prepared to upgrade or update macOS, you can restrict a software upgrade or update by creating a restricted software record, or defer an update by using a configuration profile. For more information on how to restrict a software upgrade or update, see Restricted Software in the Jamf Pro Administrator’s Guide or the Deferring a macOS Update Best Practice Workflow for Jamf Pro.

When troubleshooting your Mac, information about when they occur will be helpful. Knowing the date, you can try to find out what exactly was happening to the system on that particular day or time range. Maybe the problem was caused by another application update or the installation of a hacked application?

Maybe something has gone wrong with the latest update of macOS itself? You can narrow it down by checking the dates of the alleged updates or software installation on your Mac.

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How to know when a program or update has been installed in macOS

Get system information

There are two ways to get to the information you need:

1. Click the icon in the menu bar.

2. Select the section About this Mac.

3. Enter the menu “System report”.

1. Open the folder Programs and go to the directory Public services.

2. In them, find the application “System information”.

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See information

Regardless of which method you choose, you will see the same window in front of you, in the left column of which you will find the section “Software”. and expand it. If necessary, the sections «Team”. and “Net”. they can be rolled up out of the way.

Go to the section “Settings”.. Columns will appear on the right side of the screen indicating the software installed, the version and the date of installation.

If you need to find a specific date or program, just click on the appropriate column heading. Thus, our example shows the order by installation date. You can easily see when all macOS and app updates have occurred.

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Although this information is not required to troubleshoot macOS, it is still useful. After all, you can always see exactly what version of the program or the operating system itself is installed, and see what else has been going on in the background, hidden from the user’s eyes.

We design Mac hardware and software with advanced technologies that work together to run apps more securely, protect your data, and help keep you safe on the web. And with macOS Big Sur available as a free upgrade, it’s easy to get the most secure version of macOS for your Mac.*

More secure
hardware means more secure software.

Apple M1 chip.
A shared architecture for security.

The Apple M1 chip with built-in Secure Enclave brings the same powerful security capabilities of iPhone to Mac — protecting your login password, automatically encrypting your data, and powering file-level encryption so you stay safe. And the Apple M1 chip keeps macOS secure while it’s running, just as iOS has protected iPhone for years.

Apple helps you keep your Mac secure with software updates.

The best way to keep your Mac secure is to run the latest software. When new updates are available, macOS sends you a notification — or you can opt in to have updates installed automatically when your Mac is not in use. macOS checks for new updates every day and starts applying them in the background, so it’s easier and faster than ever to always have the latest and safest version.

Safely run apps like never before.

Protection starts at the core.

The technically sophisticated runtime protections in macOS work at the very core of your Mac to keep your system safe from malware. This starts with state-of-the-art antivirus software built in to block and remove malware. Technologies like XD (execute disable), ASLR (address space layout randomization), and SIP (system integrity protection) make it difficult for malware to do harm, and they ensure that processes with root permission cannot change critical system files.

Download apps safely from the Mac App Store. And the internet.

Now apps from both the App Store and the internet can be installed worry-free. App Review makes sure each app in the App Store is reviewed before it’s accepted. Gatekeeper on your Mac ensures that all apps from the internet have already been checked by Apple for known malicious code — before you run them the first time. If there’s ever a problem with an app, Apple can quickly stop new installations and even block the app from launching again.

Your data. Your rules.

Stay in control of what data apps can access.

Apps need your permission to access files in your Documents, Downloads, and Desktop folders as well as in iCloud Drive and external volumes. And you’ll be prompted before any app can access the camera or mic, capture keyboard activity, or take a photo or video of your screen.

FileVault 2 encrypts your data.

With FileVault 2, your data is safe and secure — even if your Mac falls into the wrong hands. FileVault 2 encrypts the entire drive on your Mac, protecting your data with XTS-AES 128 encryption. Mac computers built on the Apple M1 chip take data protection even further by using dedicated hardware to protect your login password and enabling file-level encryption, which developers can take advantage of — just as on iPhone.

Safer browsing with Safari.

Designed to protect your privacy.

Online privacy isn’t just something you should hope for — it’s something you should expect. That’s why Safari comes with powerful privacy protection technology built in, including Intelligent Tracking Prevention that identifies trackers and helps prevent them from profiling or following you across the web. A new weekly Privacy Report on your start page shows how Safari protects you as you browse over time. Or click the Privacy Report button in your Safari toolbar for an instant snapshot of the cross-site trackers Safari is actively preventing on that web page.

Automatic protections from intruders.

Safari uses iCloud Keychain to securely store your passwords across all your devices. If it ever detects a security concern, Password Monitoring will alert you. Safari also prevents suspicious websites from loading and warns you if they’re detected. And because it runs web pages in separate processes, any harmful code is confined to a single browser tab and can’t crash the whole browser or access your data.

We all detest lengthy and heavy software updates but let’s just be honest, there’s no life to your Mac or iPhone device without these updates. But the real problem starts when the mac won’t update. A large number of macOS users have recently reported that their Mac won’t update and there’s a buzz for search words on search engines for ‘how to update mac?’ trending, asserting that the software installation seems to either get stuck in the middle of the update or simply fail to kick in right off the bat. Having experienced and fixed this issue multiple times, we have come up with a handful of reliable solutions to troubleshooting the ‘Mac won’t update’ issue. If the problem has gripped your computer as well, give these trusted tips and tricks a shot.

How to Control When macOS Updates Are Installed

Ensure There’s Enough Storage

The very first thing that you do to resolve the macOS update issues is to check whether or not you have enough space to accommodate the software update.

How to Control When macOS Updates Are Installed

Click on the Apple menu and choose About This Mac. Now, click on the Storage tab. Next, you should see the total available storage on your Mac. If your Mac is cluttered for space, delete all the redundant files and apps that have clogged up a lot of space. You need ample space, first to download the update files and then for the updates to install. Once installed, the original files are deleted, but for the whole process, you need enough space for both steps. Hope this aids your macOS update or you move to the next steps.

Restart Your Mac

If you are unable to update your Mac even after you clean up the storage, restart your Mac. A normal restart often fixes random issues. So, give it a try. Once your Mac has rebooted, head to the System Preferences > Software Update and try to install the update.

Turn OFF/ON Wi-Fi

Software updates often fail or tend to come to an abrupt halt due to poor Internet connection. So, make sure your Mac is connected to a stable internet connection.

How to Control When macOS Updates Are Installed

Click on the Wi-Fi menu and turn it off. Now, wait for some time and then turn it on. After that, kickstart the software update, as usual, to check if you have finally got the better of the issue. You can also try to restart your router once, if simply turning Wi-Fi off and on doesn’t do the trick.

Check For Server Errors

When Apple’s servers face an outage, many things come to a halt including the macOS update. Hence, make sure Apple’s system status for Mac updates is live and running.

How to Control When macOS Updates Are Installed

Go to Apple’s system status page and ensure that the circle to the left of the macOS update is green. If it is grey, grab a cup of hot coffee and wait until the outage is over.

Reset the NVRAM

More often than not, resetting NVRAM gets rid of many common problems. Thus, if none of the solutions has come to your rescue in troubleshooting the macOS update issue, bring it into action as well. To get started, turn on your Mac. Then hold down the command-Option-P-R keys as soon as your computer powers on. Hold down these keys for about 20 seconds and then release them. On an older Mac that chimes at boot, press and hold the keys until you hear a second startup chime.

Safe Mode – Try Safe Mode Configuration

Another highly reliable solution for fixing a Mac that won’t update is the Safe Mode. By blocking the problematic apps and software, it allows the Mac to boot up securely, which often fixes miscellaneous issues. Having found success with this reliable hack on several occasions, we would recommend you to give it a chance as well. First off, turn off your Mac and then immediately press and hold the Shift key until the login screen appears. After that, let go of the Shift key and log in. Once your Mac has entered the safe mode, try to update it. After your Mac has successfully updated, restart your Mac normally to exit the safe mode.

Try Out Combo Update

If the problem persists and the mac won’t update, go for the combo update. For those unfamiliar with it, a combo update is a combined update that consists of all the changes since the rollout of the original version. For instance, you can use the combo update to jump directly from macOS 11 to macOS 11.4 by skipping the minor updates. Many users who had run into this issue had reported that the combo update was able to fix it. Therefore, you shouldn’t miss out on it as well. Head over to Apple’s combo update site and find the suitable combo update. Then, download it following the instructions.

Set Date & Time To Automatic

If you still have problems with the macOS update, you may try this option too. For one reason, or the other, people set their macbook’s time to display a custom time and that may prove to be a hindrance for mac updates.

Go to System Preferences > Date & Time > Tick the box to “Set Date & Time Automatically”

How to Control When macOS Updates Are InstalledSet Date & Time To Automatic

There you go! Hopefully, you have taken control of the issue and your Mac is successfully updated. As these solutions have worked for many Rapid Repair–India’s eminent Apple repair centre–customers in troubleshooting the macOS update issues, we don’t see any reason why it won’t work for you as well. But before you dive into the all-new features of the update, be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Applies to: Office for Mac, Office LTSC for Mac 2021, Office 2019 for Mac

Microsoft regularly publishes software updates to improve performance or security, and for Microsoft 365 (and Office 365) users, to update features.

As an admin, you can choose how to download and install updates for Office on Mac devices in your organization. You can do either of the following steps:

Configure Office for Mac to download updates automatically to users’ devices, and then have the users install the updates themselves.

Manually download updates to your local network, and then use your software distribution tools to deploy the updates.

To update Office on a Mac, a program named Microsoft AutoUpdate (MAU) is used. By default, Microsoft AutoUpdate automatically checks for updates every 12 hours. If you want more control over MAU, you can use preferences. For example, you can set a deadline for when updates are required to be installed.

If you decide to deploy updates by using your software distribution tools, you should configure Microsoft AutoUpdate to manually check for software updates. For example, you can open Terminal and enter the following command:

Individual security updates or other updates can’t be downloaded and installed. Instead, Microsoft provides a new app bundle of an app, such as Word, that includes all the updates. You can choose which apps you want to update. For example, you might decide to deploy the updates for Word and PowerPoint now, but wait to update Excel until you’ve had the chance to test that the updated version of Excel works with your line-of-business applications.

Updates work the same for Office on a Mac whether you have a Microsoft 365 (or Office 365) plan or you have a retail or volume licensed version.

Some Mac users have run into an error when attempting to download or install system software updates that says “Installation failed, An error occurred while installing the selected updates.” This alert comes up in the Software Update system preference panel, and has been encountered in macOS Big Sur, macOS Catalina, macOS Mojave, and prior versions too.

There are a variety of reasons Mac users may see the “installation failed” error when trying to download and install a particular MacOS software update, and we’ll go through some troubleshooting steps to help resolve the issue here.

Troubleshooting macOS “Installation failed, An error occurred while installing the selected updates.” Errors

We’ll go through a variety of troubleshooting steps, as well as offer an alternate solution to download macOS installers even if the System Preference panel for Software Update is repeatedly showing failure errors.

Wait a bit

Users may encounter failures to download and install macOS updates when Apple servers are overloaded, therefore sometimes simply waiting a bit can be helpful. This is particularly relevant if the software update you are trying to install is brand new, like a major system software release (this happened with Big Sur for example).

Reboot the Mac

Sometimes simply rebooting the Mac and trying again can resolve the failed installation error.

Make sure the Mac is online and functionally connected to the internet

Some Mac users have encountered the Installation Failed error because their Mac has dropped an internet connection, or because of a DNS issue.

In either case, make sure the Mac is online, and easy way to do this is by opening Safari and going to a great website like and make sure it loads and works as expected.

If you’re having DNS issues, you may want to check to see if custom DNS has been set on the Mac (or at the router level), or if your ISP DNS servers are offline. If those name servers are not functioning you may encounter various issues with downloading software updates, amongst other problems. Using Google DNS is a common DNS for many users, as is OpenDNS

Make Sure MacOS is Not Enrolled in Beta Updates

If you’re trying to download a final version of MacOS but it’s failing, you may still be enrolled in the beta program. Some users have experienced this and found that unenrolling from the beta updates resolves the Installation Failed error.

From the Software Update system preference panel, click on “Details” and choose “Restore Defaults” to unenroll from receiving Mac beta updates.

Try downloading the macOS installers directly

This is more of a workaround, as it bypasses the Software Update system preference panel on the Mac, but you can try to download the macOS installer via App Store or direct download link from Apple, downloading the full macOS installer application directly using the command line, or by using the excellent free third party app MDS (Mac Deploy Stick).

If you go with the MDS route, download and install the application (it’s free from the developer TwoCanoes and can be downloaded here), then launch the MDS app and choose “Download MacOS” from the sidebar, selecting the version of macOS system software you want to download and install.

Once you have the full installer of macOS, you should be able to launch it directly without experiencing the ‘installation failed’ error as you see it only in System Preferences.

For what it’s worth, this problem has been seen periodically over time with various macOS system software versions.

It looks like this in modern macOS 11 (Big Sur) and later:

And it looks like this in macOS 10.15 (Catalina) and earlier:

Did one of the tips above resolve the “Installation failed, An error occurred while installing the selected updates.” macOS error for you? Did you find another solution? Share your experiences in the comments!

macOS Monterey 12.5 has been released by Apple to all Mac users running the macOS Monterey operating system.

The MacOS Monterey 12.5 update includes security updates, bug fixes, and adds an ability to pause and rewind live sports in the TV app.

Separately, Apple also released iOS 15.6 and iPadOS 15.6 for iPhone and iPad.

How to Download MacOS Monterey 12.5 Update

Always backup your Mac with Time Machine before installing any system software update.

  1. From the  Apple menu choose “System Preferences”
  2. Select “Software Update”
  3. Choose to “Update Now” when macOS Monterey 12.5 update shows as available to download

The update is a GB or more in size, depending on the Mac model being installed on. As usual, installing the update requires the Mac to reboot.

If the update doesn’t show as available, try refreshing the macOS Software Update preference panel by hitting Command+R a few times, this forces Software Update to check for available updates again.

macOS Monterey 12.5 Release Notes

Release notes for macOS Monterey 12.5 are:

macOS Monterey 12.5 — Restart Required

macOS Monterey 12.5 includes enhancements, bug fixes and security updates.

– TV app adds the option to restart a live sports game already in-progress and pause, rewind, or fast-forward
– Fixes an issue in Safari where a tab may revert back to a previous page

Some features may not be available for all regions, or on all Apple devices.

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit:

Separately, iOS 15.6 and iPadOS 15.6 are available for iPhone and iPad users, along with updates to tvOS and watchOS.

How to Update Your Software

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Lesson 10: How to Update Your Software

How to update your software

Keeping your software up to date is a crucial practice in Internet safety. Most software updates automatically by default, but you should know how to check the updates and begin the process yourself. Knowing how to keep your software updated can improve your computer’s stability and security and let you know about new features, helping you be an informed and empowered user.

You can read more about Internet safety practices here.

Update your operating system

Keeping your operating system updated is one of the most important steps in protecting yourself from viruses, malware, and other Internet security threats.


To update Windows, first open the Control Panel. If you don’t know where the Control Panel is, check out this lesson in Windows Basics. In the search bar in the Control Panel, type update. Under Windows Update, click Check for updates.

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It may take a moment for Windows to search for updates. Once it does, if there are any updates available it will prompt you to install them.

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It may take a while to install all the updates. It’s safe to leave the computer and do something else while it finishes. Once it’s done, Windows will probably prompt you to restart the computer. If you need to do anything else after this, Windows will prompt you; otherwise, you’re up to date!


To update macOS, open the App Store, then click Updates at the top. macOS updates will be at the top of the list of available updates. On the right side of the screen, there are buttons to update individual apps or to apply all available updates.

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Apple has an excellent support page on how to check for updates for macOS and apps.

Update your apps

For many apps, regular updates provide new features and stability rather than security patches, so it isn’t necessary to update them as frequently. However, for more essential software like web browsers and antivirus software, security updates are just as critical as operating system updates.

Many apps in both macOS and Windows will automatically check for updates when you open them. If you installed them through the App Store or another distribution platform, the program will alert you about updates. For standalone programs, take time to explore the program’s menus and learn how to run the update process.

For example, in Avast! Free Antivirus, there is an Update page on the Settings screen.

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However, in Firefox, the About Firefox screen in the Help menu also checks for updates.

As you may know by now, the list of MacOS Mojave compatible Macs is more strict than previous releases of Mac OS system software, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t install and run macOS Mojave on some unsupported Macs. If you’re an advanced Mac user and you’re reasonably brave (and have adequate backups), then it turns out you might be able to install and run MacOS Mojave on unsupported Mac hardware after all, thanks to a free third party tool from the technical wizard known as “DosDude”.

Essentially the Mojave Patcher Tool creates a modified USB installer drive (similar to the regular Mojave boot installer drive you can make) which you can then use to install not only macOS Mojave on the otherwise unsupported Macs listed below, but also a series of patched macOS Mojave component files that allow it to boot.

Just a quick word of caution: while you may be able to get macOS Mojave running on an unsupported Mac, this is truly only for advanced users who are adventurous. You certainly wouldn’t want to try this on a Mac that you must have performing in an optimal setting at all times, or on your only computer, but if you feel like tinkering around and running macOS Mojave on an unsupported Macintosh computer you can certainly try it out. Because it patches the operating system and installer, not everything is going to work perfectly on all machines – for example, on some machines networking may not work, or an iSight camera may not work, or GPU acceleration may not function – and there could be various bugs, performance quirks, and other theoretical problems with attempting this, but for the truly tech savvy and brave, the Mojave patcher tool and accompanying walkthrough from DosDude can get the job done.

The DosDude website has both a complete tutorial available at the above link, along with the downloadable patcher tool.

Dosdude also produced a YouTube video demonstrating macOS Mojave on a technically unsupported older MacBook Pro 17″ model from 2009, and Mojave actually appears to run pretty well on the machine:

Thanks to the Dosdude website for the screenshot above of the “About This Mac” screen, which is showing Mojave on an older unsupported Mac.

So while the official list of supported Macs for macOS Mojave is pretty strict in comparison, and you can’t just download Mojave and install it on unsupported hardware without the DosDude utility, the unofficial list of Macs that can run the OS through the tool is much more generous as you can see below, with many perfectly good Macs making the cut.

List of Unsupported Macs That Can Run MacOS Mojave with DosDude Mojave Patcher

Unsupported Macs that apparently can use the Mojave patcher to install macOS Mojave include the following:

– Early-2008 or newer Mac Pro, iMac, or MacBook Pro:
– MacPro3,1
– MacPro4,1
– iMac8,1
– iMac9,1
– iMac10,x
– iMac11,x
– iMac12,x
– MacBookPro4,1
– MacBookPro5,x
– MacBookPro6,x
– MacBookPro7,1
– MacBookPro8,x

– Late-2008 or newer MacBook Air or Aluminum Unibody MacBook:
– MacBookAir2,1
– MacBookAir3,x
– MacBookAir4,x
– MacBook5,1

– Early-2009 or newer Mac Mini or white MacBook:
– Macmini3,1
– Macmini4,1
– Macmini5,x
– MacBook5,2
– MacBook6,1
– MacBook7,1

– Early-2008 or newer Xserve:
– Xserve2,1
– Xserve3,1

As you can see, the potential list of Macs that can run Mojave with the assistance of this process is much more thorough than what Apple officially supports. But caveat emptor, as with all software modifications.

Will everything be perfect? Certainly not. Will performance be better than some other versions of Mac OS or Mac OS X? Probably not, it might even be worse. Will everything work exactly as expected, as if it was an official support from Apple? No, probably not. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not worth pursuing for some Mac users, and perhaps the better features in macOS Mojave are too compelling to not try out by venturing into the waters of

If this sounds appealing to you, then check out the Dosdude tutorial and Mojave patch tool. Just remember this is NOT an official patch or release from Apple, and due to the technical nature of this it isn’t for the faint of heart, you will absolutely need above average technical knowledge, patience, and full backups of the computer, as this is basically a hack that allows Mojave to install and run on hardware that Apple does not support.

There’s obviously no tutorial included here in this post as I haven’t personally tried or tested this yet, but if you do, and you get macOS Mojave running on an older Mac, be sure to let us know in the comments below how well it works, and what your experience was. Personally, my older unsupported Macs are still running Snow Leopard, Mavericks, El Capitan, and Sierra, and only the latest machines will run Mojave for my particular setup, but to each their own, and it’s undoubtedly cool that Dosdude has consistently come up with utilities like this to get various versions of Mac OS system software running on hardware that it wasn’t specifically intended for. It’s your Mac so use it however you like and with whatever operating system software release you like best. Enjoy!

Managing macOS Updates

To update macOS on computers, you can send a mass action command. Mass actions allow you to perform potentially tedious tasks for multiple computers at the same time. Mass actions can be performed on the target computers you identified in the smart computer group you created.

To update macOS using a mass action, you need the following:

Jamf Pro 9.96 or later

Target computers with macOS 10.11 or later, supervised or enrolled via a PreStage enrollment in Jamf Pro

A valid push certificate in Jamf Pro

Note: If your computers are not enrolled via automated enrollment, you can update macOS on computers using a policy. For more information, see the Running Software Update Using a Policy section of this workflow.

You can use a mass action command to update the operating system for computers not using the current macOS version targeted by the smart computer group.

Log in to Jamf Pro.

Click Computers at the top of the page.

Click Smart Computer Groups.

Select the name of the smart computer group you created.

Click View at the bottom of the pane.

Click Action at the bottom of the pane.

Select Send Remote Commands.

Under Remote Commands, select Update OS version and built-in apps (v10.11 or later computers enrolled with DEP only).

Select one of the following for Target Version:

To download the update for the latest macOS version, select Latest version based on device eligibility. To download and install the the latest major update, select the Include major updates, if available checkbox. To only download and install the latest patch version update, leave the checkbox deselected.

To download the update for a specific macOS version, select Specific version and select the version from the pop-up menu.

Note: Updating to a specific macOS version requires computers with macOS 10.15 or later.

Select one of the following for Install Action:

To download the update on computers for users to install themselves, select Download the update for users to install.

To download the update on computers for users to install themselves at a later time, select Download and allow macOS to install later. To configure the number of times a user can defer the update, enter an integer between 0–99 in the Max User Deferrals field.

Note: Selecting this options requires computers with macOS 12 or later.

To download and install the update on computers automatically, select Download and install the update, and restart computers after installation.

Note: Selecting this option will cause any computers to download and install the update after the remote command is sent and they are connected to the network. If the computer has a passcode, the user is prompted to enter the passcode after the computer reboots.

To issue the remote command, click Next.

Note: Computers will not download or install the update if they have limited storage space and will not install the update if they have low battery.

We are having DC windows server 2008 R2 . some users have apple laptops so i want know how join it to our domain and apply Group Policy to them and manage it because them in remote sit

i ready for any detealis i wait your Suggestions

Thank you for all

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You can manage Mac’s from Group Policy if you install the AdmitMac add-on.

However depending on how many macs you have, it’s often cheaper to buy a mac mini server and have it manage the mac preferences only, with the macs bound to AD for authentication.

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Never done it myself but I beleive and Likewise Open are the best bets

you can add to the domain so domain users can login but you can manage them in the same way you can with Windows computers (adding software, control of desktop etc).

unless you look at third party apps to sit with of AD, as already mentioned

to my knowledge, you can not manage a mac from a windows server. we have a mac server setup to mange the macs. they login and authenticate to AD but get all of there restrictions from OD. Good luck though.

i will check above links and reply you again

You can manage Mac’s from Group Policy if you install the AdmitMac add-on.

However depending on how many macs you have, it’s often cheaper to buy a mac mini server and have it manage the mac preferences only, with the macs bound to AD for authentication.

This is the route I would take. AD is the killer app for Windows in an Enterprise. Apple’s server OS is quite inexpensive when pared with the Mac Mini. As stated, combine AD with Apples Admin tools and you might have a fairly inexpensive solution for your needs.

I’ve tested both Centrify and Likewise (Powerbroker). Both add Mac-specific GPOs into the normal group policy editor that allow you to manage Macs that way.

They also make enrolling the computers to AD real easy (although it isn’t too difficult to begin with using Apple’s built-in AD plugin).

I cheaped out and extended my AD schema and am using Apple’s workgroup manager to lock down my Macs. It isn’t as easy to use as Centrify/Likewise (Powerbroker), but it was cheaper and I’m getting desired results.

Thanks My friends i search this solutions with my manager

alex howard wrote:

You can manage Mac’s from Group Policy if you install the AdmitMac add-on.

However depending on how many macs you have, it’s often cheaper to buy a mac mini server and have it manage the mac preferences only, with the macs bound to AD for authentication.

yes and same with a *nix box.

You say that you extended your AD scheme for Mac lockdowns. How did you do this?

See Best Practices for Integrating OS X Lion with Active Directory from Apple:

And look specifically at Appendix A, “Modifying the Active Directory Schema to Support Mac Systems”

A good mention is They do not make a product that particularly populates GPO for Macs in the Windows Environment; but its inventory management reporting does work with MS SMS/SCCM, which is an alternate Windows world of change management aside from the GPO method of change management. I mention this here because it is an alternate solution to Centrify or Likewise software solutions that have more tighter integration with GPOs.

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Git is a version control system that allows multiple developers to work on the same project while tracking changes and revisions. Keeping Git up to date brings you the latest features and usability improvements.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to update to the latest version of Git on Linux, Windows, and macOS.

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  • A system running Linux, Windows, or macOS
  • An installed version of Git
  • Access to the terminal window (Linux, macOS) or command prompt (Windows)
  • An account with administrator-level privileges

How to Check the Current Git Version?

To check the current version of Git, use the following command:

This command works on all operating systems. This example uses Windows:

How to Update Git

Below, we list different ways you can update your version of Git, depending on the operating system you are using. Skip to the section applicable for your machine.

Update Git on Linux

Note: To update Git on a Linux machine, use the appropriate package manager. When working with Git on CentOS, use a package manager such as yum or pacman .

This example shows how to update Git on Ubuntu.

Start by updating the system packages with the following command:

Update Git by using:

When prompted, type Y and press Enter to confirm the installation.

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To verify the installation has completed, check the Git version one more time:

Another way to update Git on Linux is to install it from scratch using the original source code. Check out our guide to installing Git on Ubuntu for details.

Update Git on Windows

The method you use to update Git on Windows depends on the version of Git you are currently running.

For versions prior to 2.14.1, uninstall Git from your system and install a copy of the latest version from scratch. Check out our guide to installing Git on Windows for more details.

For versions from 2.14.2 to 2.16.1, use the following command in your command prompt:

For versions 2.16.1 on, update Git with:

The output above appears when you are running the latest Git version.

Update Git on Mac

The easiest way to update Git on Mac is to use the official installer. Download the installation file from the Git website. Run the installation and follow the install wizard to update Git to the latest version.

Note: Using the install wizard to update Git overwrites the current installation.

Another method is to update Git using Homebrew. If you don’t have Homebrew already, install it by using:

Update Homebrew to make sure you have the latest installation packages:

Install the latest version of Git with Homebrew:

If you already have Git installed using Homebrew, update to the latest version with:

Check the current Git version to confirm the update:

Note: If checking the Git version after updating results in an output that includes (Apple Git-101) , your system is still running the default Apple version of Git instead of the official one. Change your local path to the Homebrew version of Git to fix this issue:
export PATH=/usr/local/bin:$PATH

After following this tutorial, you should have a fully updated version of Git installed on a Linux, Windows, or macOS machine.

Take a look at our Git Commands Cheat Sheet for a comprehensive primer on working with Git. If you come across a Git merge conflict, make sure to read our article How to Resolve Merge Conflicts in Git.

I’m trying to compile a document that only works with an up-to-date distribution, so I’d like to know: how do I update my distribution? Please provide screenshots where appropriate.

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TeX Live from the Terminal/Command Prompt (Windows/Mac/Linux)

Understanding the TeX Live update scheme

If you have a TeXLive distribution (including MacTeX) there are a few things to understand about updating your system.

All TeX distributions consist of both binaries (including scripts) and packages (including classes). It is important to understand that for TeX Live these two parts of the distribution are effectively on separate update schedules, and this can lead to some confusion during the period in which the major updates of binaries is taking place.

The TeX Live binary part of the distribution undergoes a major update only once a year, while the packages can be updated constantly. This system, however comes at a cost: once a new binary version of TeX Live is available, package updates for the previous years are no longer available.

This means that if you have e.g. TeXLive 2011, you can update its packages roughly until TeXLive 2012 is created. After that point, your 2011 system will not be able to update any packages ever again using the normal package manager. (You can update individual packages manually via CTAN, of course.)

Major Updates

The major binary updates of TeX Live (which come out yearly) must be installed as if you were installing a fresh distribution. Since each version is installed in a folder named by its year, it’s possible to have multiple distributions on the same system.

Package Updates

Once you have a version of TeX Live installed, you can update the packages as often as you like using the package manager tlmgr . The simplest command is:

which will update all packages that have changed since the last update.

If you want to see a list of the updatable packages without updating them, you can use

Sometimes it’s necessary to update the package manager itself, in which case you need to use

It is also possible to combine options together

with the final option ( –reinstall-forcibly-removed ) used as occasionally a package will become corrupted in one update and will therefore need to be reinstalled.

The Mac has a very nice GUI to the package manager called TeX Live Utility. See the MacOS answer for more details on that.

When is TeX Live “frozen”?

Once a year, the TeX Live packagers must “freeze” the system so that the latest version of the distribution (with new binaries) can be produced and tested. This means that there is a period during which tlmgr will no longer be able to update the current year’s distribution even though the new year’s distribution is not publicly available. This freezing is necessary so that the new distribution can be guaranteed to work. Once the current year is frozen, it will never be able to be further updated. To keep up-to-date, you will need to install the next year’s distribution when it becomes available. For additional information, see Why does TeX Live “require” yearly updates?

Administrator/root privileges

If you install TeX Live as Administrator/root, then you will also need to update with these privileges. On Windows, an Administrator-privilege Command Prompt is run by finding the Command Prompt icon in the Start Menu, right clicking to obtain the options and choosing ‘Run as Administrator . ‘. For Mac users, using sudo will be sufficient as tlmgr will be available on the path. This may not be the case in Linux distributions: see below.

Some notes on Linux “TeX Live” based packages

If you installed your TeX Live system using a Linux package manager (for example, apt-get ), then there is no guarantee that it will be updated on the same schedule as the regular TeX Live. In most cases the updates lag by some time, often years, depending on the particular version of Linux you are running. For this reason, most experienced TeX users who run Linux install the vanilla TeX Live distribution directly, bypassing their OS package manager completely. See How to install “vanilla” TeXLive on Debian or Ubuntu? for more information on this.

If you followed the directions in How to install “vanilla” TeXLive on Debian or Ubuntu? and installed TeX Live as root then you will also need to run tlmgr as root. You can do so (for example) by running sudo -s from the command line, which will log you in as root . Alternatively, you can run tlmgr with the full path, for example on a 64-bit installation

Another option is to change the ownership of the TeX Live directory, by using (something like)

after which you can run tlmgr as a normal user (without sudo ).

When moving to a new version of TeXLive (e.g from 2011 to 2012) you may choose to remove the current installation you can use

(with sudo if you haven’t changed the permissions) and see the steps described in How to remove everything related to TeX Live for fresh install on Ubuntu? for example.

MacOS Monterey was released two months ago, and includes many cool new features such as Share Play, a streamlined Safari tab bar, Quick Note, Universal Control (not yet available in beta version) and more. Can’t wait to try out macOS Monterey? Check out this post to learn how to download it!

There are however, always issues when it comes to downloading new software. That’s why we’ve put together this useful guide on how to fix the most common macOS Monterey installation issues.

Problem 1: MacOS Monterey can’t be downloaded

Firstly, you need to check if your Mac is compatible. Apple released the following hardware requirements for installing macOS Monterey:

• iMac — late 2015 and later
• iMac Pro – 2017 and later
• MacBook Air – early 2015 and later
• MacBook Pro – early 2015 and later
• Mac Pro – late 2013 and later
• Mac mini – late 2014 and later
• MacBook – early 2016 and later

If your Mac isn’t on the list, we are sorry to say that you can’t download macOS Monterey.

• Ensure your Mac has enough free space.

It’s reported that the download and installation of macOS Monterey needs around 20GB of space. If you currently don’t have enough, you can use Cleaner One Pro to clean your system and free up space.

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• Check your Wi-Fi connection.

You can switch to another network or connect an Ethernet cable to avoid connectivity failure.

Problem 2: MacOS Monterey won’t install on your Mac

• Check your available drive space to ensure it is over the 20GB which is needed by the update. You can use Cleaner One Pro to free up more storage for the new operating system.

• Still cannot install macOS Monterey? Please boot your Mac into Safe Mode (also called Single User mode).

  1. Restart Mac and immediately hold the Shift button.
  2. Reinstall macOS 12 Monterey when Mac boots into Safe Mode.
  3. Reboot your Mac.

Problem 3: Mac doesn’t turn on after installing macOS Monterey

• Check your Mac’s hard drive with Disk Utility in macOS Recovery mode.

  1. Reboot Mac and immediately hold Command + R to boot into macOS Recovery mode.
  2. Release theses keys when you see the loading bar.
  3. Select Disk Utility from the macOS Utilities menu.
  4. Select the startup disk or the macOS volume in the left sidebar of Disk Utility.
  5. Click First Aid at the top center and click Run to repair this disk.
  6. When it’s finished, click on Done and restart your Mac as usual.

Problem 4: MacOS Monterey stalls or freezes from time to time

There are two main reasons why your Mac lags or freezes: the CPU is overloaded, or your Mac has run out of RAM memory.

• Use Activity Monitor to check your CPU and memory usage.

  1. Go to Finder > Go > Utilities and open Activity Monitor.

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  1. Select the CPU tab, choose the program which is using too much memory and click the “X” icon to force quit it.

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  1. Select the Memory tab, choose the program taking up too much memory and click the “X” icon to force quit it.

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The Quick Optimizer in Cleaner One Pro can monitor the real-time CPU usage and quickly free up memory.

Problem 5: Universal Control can’t be used on macOS Monterey

This is because Universal Control is not yet available on the beta version. It’s expected to come out with the full version of macOS Monterey this fall.

Problem 6: Mac overheats after the installation of macOS Monterey

• Close unneeded browser tabs.

It might come as a surprise, but tabs in Safari, Google Chrome, and other browsers consume a lot of resources on your Mac. When many tabs are open, the CPU usage will almost always be very high, thus making your Mac overheat.

• Use Activity Monitor to close some processes.

  1. Go to Finder > Go > Utilities and open Activity Monitor.
  2. Select the CPU tab, choose the program hogging too much resources and click the “X” icon to force quit it.

• Reset the System Management Controller (SMC).

The System Management Controller (SMC) is the component that controls the keyboard, fan, battery, and other important internal hardware. If you’ve noticed that your Mac’s fan is often running at full speed, you should consider resetting the SMC.

First, you need to check whether your Mac has a T2 chip or not. To do this, please click here.
For detailed steps of resetting the SMC, please refer to this Apple Support page.

You can also check this page for more methods to handle the overheating issue.

Problem 7: Battery Drains Quickly in macOS Monterey

• Use Activity Monitor to close energy-consuming programs.

  1. Go to Finder > Go > Utilities and open Activity Monitor.
  2. Select the Energy tab.
  3. Close the processes with high “Energy Impact” and “12 hr Power”.

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• Turn down the display brightness

In Summary

Given that the current macOS Monterey is only a beta version, bugs and instabilities are inevitable. Withhold your expectations until the official full version comes out, which will include the exciting Universal Control and other interesting features. In the meantime, be sure to prepare enough free space on your Mac with Cleaner One Pro. Good luck!

How to Control When macOS Updates Are Installed

Apple used to let you configure the frequency at which your Mac would check for updates via the System Preferences app, but recent macOS releases have done away with that. Instead, your Mac automatically looks for software updates, whether they’re for macOS or your Mac App Store apps, on a weekly basis.

If you’re interested in changing how often your Mac checks for software updates, you’ve come to the right place. In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how to change the frequency that your Mac looks for software updates and notifies you of them so you can more easily stay up to date with the latest bug fixes, security improvements, and new features among other things.

Why to change how often your Mac looks for updates

Since your Mac is configured to look for updates in the Mac App Store on a weekly basis, that means you could go up to 6 days, 23 hours, 59 minutes, and 59 seconds before you actually get a notification of a software update since the last time your Mac did an update check.

This can be scary if you’re wary like I am and like keeping your system up to date with the latest security fixes. It’s also a disappointment when you’re not immediately notified of updates when you like to be on top of new features and bug fixes that improve performance in your favorite apps.

For these reasons, as well as many others, you might want to change the frequency that your Mac checks for software updates. It isn’t difficult, and checking once a day instead of once a week won’t take a major toll on battery life. It especially won’t be a problem if you’re using a desktop that has an unlimited power source.

How software updates have changed in macOS

In previous versions of OS X, such as Snow Leopard and Lion, Apple had a preferences pane in the System Preferences app that was dedicated to software updates. It allowed users to simply point and click on the update check frequency they wanted to have for their Mac:

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Software Update preference pane as provided on earlier versions of OS X.

Unfortunately, all OS X versions later than Lion have added a preferences pane to the System Preferences app for the App Store, which is much more oriented around third-party software and offers less user control. As a result, the frequency for update checks for your Mac are no longer optional and your Mac is configured out of the box to check for updates on a weekly basis:

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OS X Mountain Lion and later now have an App Store preferences pane instead.

Fortunately, although the point-and-click setting is gone from the System Preferences app, users can still use a powerful tool in macOS to set their Mac’s update check frequency – the Terminal app. With just a quick command, users can configure the update check frequency to anything that is desired.

How to change the update check frequency on your Mac

As we mentioned before, your Mac is configured out of the box to check for updates on a weekly basis – that’s once every 7 days. Although you’re probably well aware that there are 7 days in a week, I stress this unit of measure because when you use Terminal to change the update check frequency, you will be changing it based on the number of days, not weeks, that lapse between each check.

To do this, launch the Terminal app and copy and paste the following command into the Terminal interface.

defaults write ScheduleFrequency -int 1

Now, replace the number “1” with any number of days you want to lapse between update checks, then press Return on your keyboard. In our case, we left it at “1” to ensure our Mac checks for new updates daily. You can choose “2” if you want it to check every 2 days, or “14” if you want it to check every two weeks; the decision is entirely up to you.

After you press the Return key, your new settings are written to your Mac’s software update file and will take effect immediately. We recommend restarting your computer after making these changes.

Wrapping up

Now that you’ve configured your Mac to search for software updates on your own terms, you can be sure you’re regularly receiving notifications for software updates on your Mac. Please note that this will only check for the updates – not install them. The only way updates will be installed automatically is if you’ve set up your Mac to do so.

If you found this tutorial helpful, let us know in the comments below.

Summary: Looking for ways to downgrade macOS Monterey to Big Sur, Catalina, Mojave, or High Sierra? Look no further. In this article, you will learn 3 ways to downgrade macOS to an earlier version.

It’s tempting to update to a new macOS. But when you upgrade, you may regret it. Common reasons include incompatible software, too many bugs, and your Mac running slow. Installing a new version of macOS is easy, but downgrading is more complicated. In this article, We’ll show you 3 ways to downgrade from macOS Monterey to Big Sur, Catalina, or older.

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Table of Content

Back up Your Mac

Important things first, be sure to back up your Mac. When you reinstall macOS, all data on your Mac will be wiped. If you backed up things that are important to you, you can quickly restore them after reinstalling macOS.

How to Downgrade to the macOS That Came with Your Mac

If you are running High Sierra or a later, you can quickly downgrade your macOS to the version shipped with your Mac. Note that this method is only available for Intel Macs.

Here’re the steps:

  1. Make sure your Mac is well connected to the internet.
  2. Close and restart your Mac.
  3. Press and hold Shift- Option-Command-R until you see macOS Utilities.
  4. On the macOS Utilities screen, select the Reinstall macOS option.
  5. Click Continue and follow the instructions on the screen.
  6. Select your startup disk and click Install.
  7. Your Mac will restart after the installation is complete.

How to Downgrade macOS Using Time Machine Backup

Also, you can downgrade macOS using a Time Machine backup, but only if you have a full backup of your Mac on your earlier macOS.

Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Start your Mac and immediately hold down Command-R to start up from the built-in macOS Recovery system. (On Apple Silicon Macs, press the Power button.)
  2. Keep holding these two keys until you see the Apple logo or other loading image.
  3. In the macOS Utilities window, select Restore from a Time Machine backup and click the Continue button.
  4. Select your Time Machine backup and click on Continue.
  5. After the reinstallation process is complete, restore the files you backed up.

How to Downgrade macOS Using a Bootable Installer

What if you don’t have a Time Machine backup but still want to revert to an earlier macOS? Do not worry. We’ll show you how to install a downgraded macOS using a bootable installer. This method is more complicated than the two methods mentioned above. To help you understand better, we’ve divided the steps into 4 main parts. Let’s get started.

Part 1. Prepare an External Drive

You need an external drive of at least 14GB. Although the macOS installer is about 12GB, you’ll still need some extra space to store your data.

There might be other files in your drive. Let’s format it.

Plug your hard drive into Mac.

Open the Disk Utility app via Spotlight.

Select your drive in the sidebar and click the Erase button at the top of the window.

Name your drive as MyVolume or whatever you like and choose a format your Mac supports from the Format drop-down menu.

  • If your Mac uses HFS+, choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled).
  • If your Mac uses APFS, choose APFS.

If the Scheme is available, select GUID Partition Map.

Click the Erase button, then click Done.

Part 2. Download macOS Installers

In most cases, macOS installers are kept in the Application folder.

Before downloading the macOS installer you want, check if your Mac is compatible with it.

  • macOS Monterey: System Requirements
  • macOS Big Sur 11: System Requirements
  • macOS Catalina 10.15:System Requirements
  • macOS Mojave 10.14:System Requirements
  • macOS High Sierra 10.13:System Requirements
  • macOS Sierra 10.12:System Requirements

Below are the download links for the different macOS versions. (Open them in Safari browser).

Part 3. Create Your Bootable Installer

Now that you have prepared the external drive and macOS installer. Let’s create your bootable installer.

Connect your formatted hard drive to your Mac.

Open the Terminal app.

Run a command like below. (The command will vary depending on your version of macOS. Let’s assume that the installer is located in your Applications folder and MyVolume is the name of your external drive. If your drive has a different name, replace “MyVolume” with the name of your external drive.)

  • Monterey: sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ –volume /Volumes/MyVolume
  • Big Sur: sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Big\ –volume /Volumes/MyVolume
  • Catalina: sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ –volume /Volumes/MyVolume
  • Mojave: sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ –volume /Volumes/MyVolume
  • High Sierra: sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ –volume /Volumes/MyVolume

Enter your password and hit Return again.

Follow the instructions in Terminal.

When you see Done, quit Terminal and eject your hard drive.

Part 4. Install macOS with Your Bootable Installer

Finally, you’re ready to install your macOS.

Plug your hard drive into Mac. (Make sure you have an internet connection.)

Click Apple menu > Restart.

If you’re using an Intel-based Mac, hold down the Option/Alt key until you see the Startup Manager window. If you’re using an Apple Silicon Mac, hold the Power button while rebooting Mac.

Click on your external drive to select it as your startup disk. Your Mac will start up in Recovery Mode.

From macOS Utilities, select Disk Utility.

Erase everything on your Mac and quit Disk Utility.

Select Reinstall macOS > Continue.

Follow the instructions to install your macOS with the bootable drive you created.

Bonus Tip: How to Speed Up a Slow macOS

Mac running slow after update? No need to rush to downgrade your macOS. It is recommended that you use BuhoCleaner to clean and optimize your Mac.

BuhoCleaner is one of the best Mac cleaning and optimization software. It has many useful features that allow you to free up gigabytes of space in just a few clicks.

  1. Download, install, and launch BuhoCleaner.
  2. Scan and remove unneeded files from your Mac.

That’s all for how to downgrade macOS Monterey to an earlier version. Do back up your Mac before downgrading your macOS.

If you downgrade macOS because it is slow, you might as well use a cleaning tool like BuhoCleaner to clean up and speed it up. Click here for more Mac cleaning tips.

Currently I have no way to know if my machine is being remotely viewed by our tech support, and would prefer to know, given the massive privacy breach that would entail should this be happening. I am running Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

I know this service is running:

My knowledge of administration of Macs on a network is limited, so I don’t know what tools allow this.

  • macos
  • snow-leopard
  • remote-desktop

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If your computer is being remotely accessed, it will show a little viewer icon in the menu bar. (Note, I’ve been using screen sharing since OS X Leopard, and I’ve never seen the icon noted by de_an777 in his answer.

Go into System Preferences > Shared. Make sure that Screen Sharing and Remote Management (for Apple’s Remote Desktop) are both unchecked.

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Also, check under Security & Privacy > Firewall and turn the Firewall on. Note the warning. “The firewall will block all sharing services, such as file sharing, screen sharing, iChat Bonjour, and iTunes music sharing. If you want to allow sharing services, click Advanced and deselect the “Block all incoming connections” checkbox.”

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This will block any incoming screen sharing connection (as well as other services).

To check to make sure that you can’t connect to your computer via screen sharing, you can use nmap, a free command line tool for “network discovery and security auditing.”

To use it, just type nmap [YOUR IP ADDRESS]

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You’ll see that nmap reports that the vnc (screen sharing) port is open. After turning off screen sharing and turning on the firewall:

How to Control When macOS Updates Are Installed

(Note that I’ve explicitly allowed ssh, printer, and afp sharing in the Firewall.)

Microsoft AutoUpdate makes sure your copy of Office will always be up-to-date with the latest security fixes and improvements. If you are a Microsoft 365 subscriber, you’ll also receive the newest features and tools.

Check for updates and install

Open an Office app such as Word, then on the top menu, click Help > Check for Updates.

If you don’t see Check for Updates, run the latest version of Microsoft AutoUpdate tool, then check for updates again.

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Select Automatically keep Microsoft Apps up to date to receive the latest security fixes and feature improvements as soon as they become available, helping your Mac stay protected and up to date.

Click Update to download and install all the available updates.

If you want to learn about the details of each update before installing, click the arrow next to the Update button and review the apps, versions and installation date. Then click Update All or Update next to individual apps.

Update Office from the Mac App Store

If you downloaded Office from the Mac App Store, and have automatic updates turned on, your apps will update automatically. But you can also manually download the updates:

Open the Mac App Store from your Dock or Finder.

Click Updates on the left side menu, then click Update All, or the Update button next to the apps that you want to update.

Early access with Office Insider

To get exclusive access to the newest features and updates, and the opportunity to send feedback directly to Microsoft, join our Insider program. You’ll get preview builds for the latest features, security updates, and performance fixes that we release before anyone else who are on the older versions of Office.

To learn more about the insider program, see this page.

Open an Office app, like Word, then click Help > Check for Updates > Advanced. .

Select Current Channel (Preview) or Beta Channel.

Current Channel (Preview) gives you early access to fully supported builds with minimal risk.

Beta Channel is a good option if you want the earliest but unsupported preview builds that are released more frequently.

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Review the License Agreement and information that’s collected when you use your apps.

Select Accept and then Check for Updates, to download the Insider updates

More about Microsoft AutoUpdate

You can find Release notes for Office for Mac here. If you’re looking for previous release downloads for Microsoft AutoUpdate, see Update history for Office for Mac.

Need help with Microsoft AutoUpdate?

Troubleshoot Microsoft AutoUpdate

If you’re having trouble updating with Microsoft AutoUpdate, see Troubleshoot Microsoft AutoUpdate.

You updated Office, but not seeing subscription features

If you previously had a one-time purchase of Office on your Mac, but you’re now a Microsoft 365 subscriber and aren’t seeing certain subscription features, your copy of Office may still be using the license of your one-time purchase and not your subscription. See How to remove Office license files for help.


  • Jul 1, 2021
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  • Here’s a quick guide to create a macOS 12 Monterey Public Beta Installation USB. Please note, this guide is not universal, and may not work for all systems.

    STEP 1: Download macOS Monterey Public Beta

    1. Enroll in the Free Apple Beta Software Program
    2. Download Public Beta Access Utility
    3. Run installer. System Preferences / Software Update will then open.
    4. Choose Upgrade Now to download the 12 GB installation Application.

    The Application Install macOS Monterey Beta will appear in /Applications.

    STEP 2: Prepare Bootable USB Drive
    This step extracts the Installer contents, then installs Clover bootloader to the USB stick.

    1. Insert the USB drive
    2. Open /Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility
    3. Highlight the USB drive in left column
    4. Click on the Partition tab
    5. Click Current and choose 1 Partition
    6. Click Options.
    7. Choose GUID Partition Table
    8. Under Name: type USB (You can rename it later)
    9. Under Format: choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    10. Click Apply then Partition
    11. Open /Applications/Utilities/Terminal
    12. Type the following, enter password and hit enter. This command completely erases the USB, then creates native installer media from the Install macOS Beta Application.

    macOS Monterey Release:

    Upon completion, the USB will be renamed Install macOS Monterey beta.

    Option 1: OpenCore Bootloader (Experimental)
    13. Download OpenCore Bootloader from the official downloads section.
    14. Install OpenCore EFI using the USB’s EFI partition (Install macOS Monterey beta) as the target volume.
    15. Navigate to /EFI and apply necessary kexts, SSDTs.

    Option 2: Clover Bootloader (Experimental)
    13. Download the standalone Clover Bootloader v5.0 r5137 or higher package installer from the official downloads section.
    14. Install UEFI or Legacy Clover version using the USB (Install macOS Monterey beta) as the target.
    15. Navigate to /EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other/ and add VirtualSMC.kext

    Your macOS Installation USB is now finished.

    This thread is not a Help thread! Post your question(s) as a standalone thread in the Monterey Desktop Support forum section.

    How To Install Different JDK Versions on MacOS with Homebrew

    Keywords: Java, JDK (Java Development Kit), MacOS, Homebrew, Specific Version

    This how-to guide covers how to install different versions of the JDK on MacOS with Homebrew.

    Table of Contents

    • Preface
      • This Guide Favors OpenJDK
      • About Command Line Outputs
    • Introduction Homebrew
      • Hombrew Setup
      • Getting an Overview: How to Search Homebrew for Java formulae
    • Installing Java
      • Early Access (EA) OpenJDK Feature Release
      • Latest Stable Generally Available (GA) OpenJDK Feature Release (Java 15, 16, etc. )
      • OpenJDK 11
      • Older OpenJDK Feature Release (Java 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, etc.)
      • Java 8
      • Java 7
      • Java 6
    • Notes

    This Guide Favors OpenJDK

    This guide favors OpenJDK.

    This guide favors free, simple, and permissive licensing whenever possible, so we will favor OpenJDK first, then AdoptOpenJDK if plain OpenJDK isn’t available, any other open source distributions, and finally Oracle JDK if no other options are available. We favor OpenJDK because it has a permissive license, the GPL v2 with Classpath Exception (aka linking exception). For more information, see Oracle now requires a subscription to use Java SE (2018).

    • For Java 8 and later, OpenJDK is readily available.
    • For versions prior to Java 8 or other special circumstances, OpenJDK may not be available. We will cover how to install whatever is most readily available.

    About Command Line Outputs

    Note that this guide contains plenty of CLI command outputs. The intent of including these outputs is to illustrate what output should look like. Our goal IS NOT to keep up with exactly what the output is at the present day. This guide DOES NOT guarantee or even attempt to keep all those command outputs updated with the ever-evolving Hombrew formulae changes.

    What’s important are the commands, and the general form of the outputs. This guide WILL attempt to keep up-to-date with the best commands to run.

    Just be aware that if something’s been working for a while, the command output might look old, but the command itself will probably still run fine for more recent updates.

    Remember to frequently brew update . Homebrew may also auto-update upon running key homebrew commands such as install or upgrade .

    Double check your registered taps by running brew tap . It’s generally good practice to have homebrew/cask and homebrew/cask-versions taprooms tapped, especially when installing multiple Java versions.

    Check your taps.

    If homebrew/cask and homebrew/cask-versions aren’t in the list of your registered taps, then run brew tap homebrew/cask and brew tap homebrew/cask-versions to tap them.

    Tap into the cask caskroom.

    Tap into the cask-versions caskroom.

    Getting an Overview: How to Search Homebrew for Java formulae

    A lot of the information in this how-to guide is simply gathered from brew search and brew info . If you’re still getting the hang of things, I highly recommend you run these commands yourself to get an overview of what’s available and learn how to search Homebrew’s formulae.

    Java/JDK formula/cask names typically contain either java or jdk . Let’s brew search for java and jdk to see potential formulas.

    We can see some of the formulae/casks we’re looking for, such as java , java11 , or java-beta .

    We can see some more potential formulae/casks we’re looking for, such as openjdk , adoptopenjdk8 , and oracle-jdk .

    Get the summary and metadata for a formula/cask you are interested in by running brew info

    sespinosa commented Feb 21, 2020

    You are a legend

    gwpantazes commented Feb 24, 2020 •

    Thanks @envs, I’ve incorporated your changes into a rewrite.
    Honestly, using homebrew to install Java (especially OpenJDK) has gotten quite a bit easier than it used to be, so updating this seemed a bit silly 😛 since most people will intuitively install whatever they need with no trouble.

    sespinosa commented Feb 24, 2020

    @gwpantazes believe me, it´s not silly at all, even if it´s something that can be considered trivial, you need to know how to do it, is not intuitive so your help is greatly appreciated.

    fazlizekiqi commented Apr 1, 2020

    Does brew already have the newest openjdk?
    I am getting only the openjdk 13 when searching for java.

    jiamo commented Apr 5, 2020 •

    How about install special version java such as 1.8.0_40?

    hardik-dadhich commented May 27, 2020

    How can I install java 1.8.0_192, I already have 1.8.0_212 in my mac. Help please

    dedoussis commented Jun 1, 2020 •

    brew caskinfo adoptopenjdk8 should be corrected to brew cask info adoptopenjdk8

    hardik-dadhich commented Jun 1, 2020

    but still how to download minor version 1.8.0_192

    gwpantazes commented Jun 2, 2020 •

    @fazlizekiqi Homebrew’s java points to the most recent stable OpenJDK (not Oracle!), so it will probably update to Java 14 in September 2020.

    Oracle releases JDK feature release updates first, and typically OpenJDK takes 6 months to catch up and release the same JDK under the OpenJDK organization/license. Refer to Java Version History on Wikipedia to get an overview of this pattern: you can see in the release history table that Oracle’s Java SE 14 was released in March 2020, but OpenJDK’s release of the same JDK 14 will be ready 6 months later in September 2020. We must take into account these months of lag for OpenJDK to catch up, and we can expect to see Homebrew’s java refer to JDK 14 around September 2020 whenever OpenJDK puts up JDK 14. Until then, Homebrew’s java will refer to 13.

    @dedoussis I have fixed this typo. Thanks for pointing it out.

    brew caskinfo adoptopenjdk8 should be corrected to brew cask info adoptopenjdk8

    To @jiamo and @hardik-dadhich, while I am not sure why you want older versions of Java, I will still look into how to get and work with multiple specific Java versions and try to see if I can help you with this.

      Just note that you should probably be using the most recent minor version of whatever JDK you are using unless you are specifically choosing to debug for the older JDK. If you don’t have a good reason to be targeting the older JDK, you should update to the newest minor version to get the latest bug and security fixes.

        OpenJDK’s archive warning says it rather clearly, so I will quote them:

      WARNING: These older versions of the JDK are provided to help developers debug issues in older systems. They are not updated with the latest security patches and are not recommended for use in production.

      I hope this is helpful in the meantime, before I figure out where to put this information either in this document or in another document. If you find a good way to handle this, even if it’s not perfect, or if my suggestion in this comment worked for your needs, please comment here. We can iteratively improve the document based on what you find.

      Eric Tate October 8, 2020 Pro Tip

      How to Control When macOS Updates Are Installed

      If you utilize the ConnectWise suite of products to manage workstations that include Macs, you may have occasionally run into a need to reinstall your ConnectWise Automate agent due to lost communication or to troubleshoot a reporting issue. Whether it be due to a macOS update or a system issue, the ConnectWise Automate Mac agent has experienced occasional problems that have been discussed among many partners.

      The last thing you want to do when dealing with a situation like this is have to interrupt your end users to connect into their computer to repair or reinstall your agent. Ideally, you’d handle the matter without having to get the end user involved. Well if you also utilize ConnectWise Control as part of your suite or any other ancillary tool that can perform command line functions in the background, you can use it to your advantage to reinstall your ConnectWise Automate agent without needing to get the end user involved.

      DISCLAIMER: Diligex provides no guarantee for the process listed below. Your results may vary. Diligex is not responsible for any issues that you may experience. By proceeding, you are doing so at your own risk.

      Use the following steps to reinstall your ConnectWise Automate Mac agent using background CLI via ConnectWise Control or another background command line service:

      1. Review your Automate server’s MAC signup settings and adjust to obtain your desired behavior.
      2. Log into your ConnectWise Automate Web Control Center to download a Mac agent installer. Use the generic installer.
      3. Upload the installer to a location that will be publicly accessible via URL.
      4. Use the following commands. Insert your own download URL where specified. Be sure to remove the asterisks when doing so.

      The four commands above are performing the following actions:

      1. Uninstalls the existing agent. If the agent is not currently installed, this command will fail. You can proceed.
      2. Downloads your generic ConnectWise Automate installer and transfers it to /tmp.
      3. Unzips your installer.
      4. Installs the agent in the default install location. Based on your MAC signup settings, the newly installed agent should bind to the computer’s existing ID in ConnectWise Automate and maintain its existing location.

      When done, remove your publicly hosted installer file or set the URL to private.

      By following this process, you’ll save your team quite a bit of time while also eliminating the need to interrupt your end users. We hope that you experience great success when doing so.

      Does your Mac slow to a crawl thanks to apps that spring to life upon startup? Here’s how to disable and manage startup items to stop them in their tracks.

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      When your Mac boots up, are you bombarded with a series of programs you didn’t open and don’t regularly use? Startup apps are convenient, but too many can eat up precious memory and slow down your computer. The good news is that you can fight back.

      Disable Startup Apps

      The simplest way to disable an app from launching on startup is from the Dock. Right-click on the app and hover over Options in the menu. Apps that are set to open automatically will have a check mark next to Open at Login. Click that option to uncheck it and disable it from opening.

      Instead of hunting for each app, though, you can do it all from one place. Go to System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items for a list of apps set to launch on startup. To remove a specific app, highlight it and click the minus button under the list.

      If you prefer, certain apps can be set to launch at startup without necessarily popping up onto the screen. This ensures the program won’t get in your way but will be ready to use when it’s needed. Just tick the Hide box next to each app listed.

      Don’t want to wait but aren’t ready to disable everything yet? You can temporarily disable startup apps. Enter your login information as you normally would, but hold down the Shift key on the keyboard before submitting your credentials. Continue holding until the Dock appears, and the startup apps won’t load that time.

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      Remove Launch Daemons and Agents

      If you still have certain programs opening when you boot up your Mac, it’s likely due to launch daemons and agents hidden within your libraries. These files are hidden in places you won’t normally look and tell the computer to launch programs independently of regular startup items. They can even be used for nefarious purposes.

      You can find them in a number of places. Open your disk drive in Finder—it’s usually named Macintosh HD by default—then open Library and look for folders named LaunchAgents and LaunchDeamons. They may also be separately stored within your computer’s hidden files. Open Finder, click Go, and hold down the the Option key. Select the Library folder that appears and again look for LaunchAgents and LaunchDeamons folders.

      Within these folders are .plist files that may be connected to a certain program or service. If you see a file name that matches a program you know continues to launch on startup, you can freely delete it. This will stop the program from telling macOS it needs to be launched. You may also find files matching programs that are no longer installed; these can also be removed.

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      However, we don’t recommend deleting every .plist file you find en masse. If you don’t know what something is for, search its name online before proceeding. There are also LaunchAgents and LaunchDeamons folders within your Mac’s System folder that you should not mess with because your computer needs them to function properly.

      If this all sounds too complicated, don’t worry. Utility programs like CleanMyMac X (Opens in a new window) , MacKeeper (Opens in a new window) , and Nektony’s App Cleaner & Uninstaller (Opens in a new window) can help identify daemons and agents and manage their removal.

      Delay Startup

      If you like startup apps but want to avoid having them all open at once, there are tools that will help you delay them at launch. Programs like Delay Start (Opens in a new window) and DelayedLauncher (Opens in a new window) let you set a timer for specific apps to control when they start up. Lingon X (Opens in a new window) can help you open specific apps on a schedule.

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      Posted on November 12th, 2020 by Kirk McElhearn

      How to Control When macOS Updates Are Installed

      macOS has long had provided quick access to certain system settings in the menu bar, but when you have lots of these menu extras, your menu bar can get cluttered. iOS offers a different way to access these settings, such as volume, brightness, and toggling Bluetooth and wi-fi: Control Center.

      macOS Big Sur brings Control Center to the Mac. With one click, you can display a panel containing buttons and sliders that you can use to adjust and toggle certain system settings. Here’s how to set up and use Control Center in macOS Big Sur.

      Make the menu bar easier to use

      The right side of the menu bar displays menu extras, icons that are part of macOS or that are installed by third-party apps. These icons are useful, because they allow you to quickly view the status of certain services, access certain features, or adjust settings. There’s a volume menu extra, there’s one for wi-fi, and there’s one showing the time. I have third-party apps that install menu extras that display information (such as iStat Menus), or give me access to certain apps, such as Dropbox or 1Password.

      But my menu bar is cluttered. Here’s what the menu bar of my iMac looked like on Catalina:

      I also use a utility called Bartender that allows me to hide some of my menu extras; to see them, I click the ★ icon all the way at the right.

      macOS Big Sur simplifies this with Control Center, which can hold many buttons and sliders. To display it, click the Control Center icon. Control Center displays with its palette of sliders and buttons:

      How to Control When macOS Updates Are Installed

      By default, Control Center contains controls for some of the basic features on your Mac. For example, if you click the blue circular icons, you can toggle Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and AirDrop, and if you click elsewhere in each of those sections – such on their names – you open more controls for each of these services. For example, click Wi-Fi to see options for different Wi-Fi networks:

      How to Control When macOS Updates Are Installed

      You can also see, at the bottom of the palette above, that you can quickly open the Network pane of System Preferences. Each of these feature-specific palettes contains a link at the bottom to open its preference pane so you can access all their settings.

      To return to the main Control Center palette again, click the Control Center icon in the menu bar; to dismiss the palette, click anywhere else.

      Customize Control Center

      Now that you know what Control Center can do, it’s time to make it work the way you want. Go to the Dock & Menu Bar pane of System Preferences, where you’ll see options for the Dock, together with a list of Control Center options.

      How to Control When macOS Updates Are Installed

      There are a dozen modules that work with Control Center, and, at the bottom of the list, you can also choose whether you want Clock, Spotlight, Siri, and Time Machine to display in the menu bar. in addition, you can adjust the way the clock displays.

      The nine top modules in the list are always visible in Control Center, but you can choose whether you want to display them in the menu bar or not. For some of these, you can set them to only display in the menu bar when active. So, for Do Not Disturb, you can have a menu icon remind you when it’s blocking notifications, and for Screen Mirroring, you can have an icon to indicate that you’re using this feature.

      Sound and Now Playing can also display in the menu bar when active. Previously, you either displayed the Sound menu extra always or never, and you really don’t need to access if you’re not playing music or watching a video. Now, you can have them only display when something is playing, which is generally when you would want to use them. The Now Playing module is good to have in the menu bar if you want to control, say, the Music app while you’re listening to music.

      How to Control When macOS Updates Are Installed

      Note that there are still other options for accessing features like volume and display brightness; these are in the F keys on your keyboard, or on the Touch Bar on a MacBook Pro which has this element. If you control them in this way, then there’s no need to display them in the menu bar.

      There are three “other modules” that you can choose to display in the menu bar, in Control Center, or both. If you use Accessibility Shortcuts to toggle VoiceOver, zoom features, or other accessibility features, you can put this in the menu bar. If you use a laptop, you probably want the battery icon in the menu bar, so you can see at a glance how much power you have left, but if you want less clutter at the top of the window, you can choose to only display it in Control Center, or turn it off entirely. You can also choose whether to display your battery’s current charge percentage. And if you use Fast User Switching to switch accounts, you’ll find it useful to have this in the menu bar; if you never use this feature, then you won’t need to display it in either location.

      While Control Center helps you wrangle system menu extras, it still doesn’t help if you have lots of third-party icons in your menubar. But at least you can now remove a lot of the controls that you don’t need to access often but still have a way to get to them quickly.