How can I stop preferences opening with update search

Discussion in 'macOS Mojave (10.14)' started by travelsheep, Dec 20, 2018.

  1. travelsheep, Dec 20, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2018

    travelsheep macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2013
    I unticked all the update boxes I was able to find in the App Store and in preferences, but whenever I open the System Preferences I'm greeted with this default screen, "System Preferences" ALWAYS opens like this:


    I'm on MacOs Mojave 10.4.2.

    I tried to find a way to post this questions on the Apple forums but gave up after 10 minutes of searching.
  2. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    To check for updates is the only reason you would go to the Software Update preference pane. So it's doing what it's supposed to do. If you don't want to see that, don't open that pane.
  3. travelsheep thread starter macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2013
    Sorry the question might not have been clear: This is the DEFAULT VIEW of the System Preferences.

    No matter on what pane I close the System Preferences, it always opens in this pane. It's super annoying. How to stop it?
  4. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    That sort of thing would likely indicate that a setting/preference file for the System Preferences app is corrupt.

    To determine if it's your particular User Account that is having this issue create a new User Account and see if it does the same thing when logged into the new User Account.
  5. MSastre macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2014
    I just now clicked System Preferences and got the normal preference screen.

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  6. getrealbro macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2015
    I was having the same issue. Every time I opened System Preferences it would open with the Software Update pane already selected and running. But now it is working normally. I THINK what changed is that I let Software Update complete it’s search and verify that I was already running 10.14.2

  7. HenryAZ macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2010
    South Congress AZ
    I have found it only opens with a search when there is an update available, and it eventually finds it. You can click out of this search by clicking on the icon with 12 dots on it. If there is no update available, my SP opens as it normally should. If its an update you don't want, go to the MAS and hide that update.
  8. travelsheep thread starter macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2013
    I let it run through and it says: 1 update is available for your Mac "Pro Video Formats 2.0.7" I clicked on "Install Update", which it did, and now System Preferences opens normally. This is true update madness. Crazy.
  9. wlard macrumors newbie


    Jul 26, 2019
    i just noticed that it only opens on the updater pane from the apple menu item when you got the updates pending bubble next to it, opening from dock or the application icon results in the normal overview page as expected even when updates are available

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