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Pilot Jones

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Oct 2, 2020
Facing quite possibly the most peculiar issue I’ve ever had with an Apple product.

I have an old Early 2015 13” MBP that has admittedly seen better days. I’m going to be upgrading in June so i’m just hoping to make this one cross the finish line then.

Occasionally when this old laptop gets laggy, a quick restart seems to bring some speed back so i’ve been doing that for the past few months, every 2-3 weeks.

However this time I restarted and my MacBook seems to automatically be reinstalling macOS Catalina on its own volition.

It’s not even updating to a future version. It was already on Catalina and seems to be reinstalling the same thing again.

To make things worse, the laptop is just stuck on this screen. I’ve been waiting for this installation to finish for a long time and there’s been no progress at all.

Does anyone have any idea what could be going on? I’m absolutely stumped.


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macrumors 6502
Jan 12, 2023
That's... really strange. I'd imagine forcing it off would cause some shenanigans to your hard drive due to (seemingly) reinstalling the entire system, so I recommend keeping it plugged in and connected to a power source until someone here provides a solution. Besides, who knows - it might just start making progress.


macrumors newbie
Jan 17, 2019
You can see this when there is an macOS Catalina update or a security update. Sometimes this can take a bit to complete, even longer or shorter than the time shown.


macrumors Penryn
Feb 20, 2009
I would recommend that you go into the Software Update preference pane, and DISABLE all automatic downloading and installation of "updates" (if you have that enabled).

See if that helps.

I do this as a matter of course with EVERY Mac I've ever owned.
THE LAST THING I want are software updates installing when I don't WANT them to be installed!
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