More software updates?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by fathergj, Feb 22, 2008.

  1. fathergj macrumors newbie

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    Over the past three weeks, I have probably received probably 7 to 8 software updates that require me to restart my mac every time. I am new to mac, but is this a common amount of updates? Granted, it takes a SIGNIFICANTLY less amount of time to install and restart than Windows, but it seems like an exorbitant amount. Perhaps that is the normal case. If someone could tell me, I would appreciate it.
     
  2. scienide09 macrumors 65816

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    There have been a lot of changes recently, leading to a large number of updates. I would say that we're seeing a lot more than usual just now. Many of the updates are Leopard related, still a relatively new operating system that still has a few kinks to be worked out.

    It will slow down.
     
  3. Quint macrumors member

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    Apple often releases their software updates in spurts, and there have been more than usual in recent weeks. However, many of them don't require a restart, and most of them should be able to be installed at the same time. Do you remember the names of any of the updates?
    Also, you should check your software update prefs - you probably don't want it set to check daily - weekly is plenty sufficient. This way, it will download and install more updates in one shot.
     
  4. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    Software Update makes you restart when updates install files in the System folder. i think it optimises the system before restarting to lessen the chance of a corrupt file.

    updates that dont install files in the System folder, for example the recent iTunes 7.6.1 update, dont need a reboot.
     
  5. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    ive just had to re-install windows on dell at work there were somewhere between 850-900 updates and stuff now thats alot
     
  6. AndyK macrumors 6502a

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    There has been a fairly major software update release a couple of weeks ago (10.5.2), which inherently will bring a few smaller ones on top.

    Don't worry about it, you've just joined the macworld at a more active time!
     
  7. fathergj thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you all for your input. That puts my mind at ease.
     

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