How long should a software update take?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by AceC, Apr 1, 2014.

  1. AceC macrumors member

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    My MPB is running 10.6.8, and has not been updated in a while.

    I was just curious as to how long the process takes. I googled this and found that sometimes Macs will freeze and have issues during an update. Since my software hasn't been updated in so long, should I even try to update the software, or perhaps do one item update at a time?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    It depends on your internet connection speed and the number of updates Software Update shows you and you selected to install. It should not take more than an hour with a good internet connection (1 or 3 MB/s download speeds) and a good computer.

    Unless you meant "upgrading to OS X 10.9 Mavericks" though. That takes longer.

    Software update, upgrade--what's the difference?
     
  3. AceC thread starter macrumors member

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    Alright; what should I do if there are any issues updating, and it freezes, takes forever, etc?
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    Rely on a backup, preferably a bootable one, on an external backup HH you made before running Software Update and installing the updates.
     

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