OS X Software Update vs Windows Automatic Updates

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Matthew Yohe, Nov 1, 2006.

  1. Matthew Yohe macrumors 68020

    Oct 12, 2006
    This is the look of Windows' Automatic Updates...

  2. theman5725 macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2006
    I dont understand. What type of statement are you trying to make by posting that? :confused:
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Then again OS X does have much larger update file sizes. We just get less individual ones. :D

    I don't get why Microsoft doesn't just have cumulative updates instead of having you get 63 separate ones. Sheesh!

    Comparing the number of updates needed for each OS.
  4. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA

    That it looks so much like the SUCP.
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    I don't mind not having cumulative updates in Windows but it gets annoying when I have to restart my machine between updates. :(
  6. crees! macrumors 68000


    Jun 14, 2003
    That is called well thought out design.
  7. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    It prevents catching viruses because it's another half an hour that the machine isn't connected to the evil interweb.
  8. the kid 05 macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2006
    St. Charles Illinois (subdiv of Chi-town)
    that is a lot of security updates...
  9. Markleshark macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2006
    Carlisle, Up Norf!
    At the end of the day, not only does it get dark, but everything is going to need updated now and again. New things come out, people discover new things. There is no way on gods green earth Apple could have thought, planned out, and fixed everything that could happen with OS X, it's just not possible. The same for Microshaft, they just need to try a little harder in the first place. However, there is something about updating OS X that gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling inside, you think *Ohhh, new things* and have a look around. You don't think *Ohhh, less things to break* someone said it perfectly on here a while ago, I fail to mind on who, but it was 'Updates are a god send, it makes me feel like im doing something' it is so true. ;)
  10. snickelfritz macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2003
    Tucson AZ
    It's a good thing that Win update is so similar to OSX update.
    It's a good design.
    Yes, Microsoft is a copycat and a monopolistic enterprise hellbent on World domination.

    The fact is that Apple cannot manufacture enough computers to supply the entire World by itself, and until they offer OSX as a licensed product to other manufacturers, Microsoft will continue to design the operating system for most of the World.

    Vista will probably revitalize the PC experience, rendering the Mac vs PC argument sort of moot, similar to choosing between a Pioneer or Sony DVD player. As long as it plays the disc without noticeable flaws and is easy to use, most people don't really care what brand it is.
  11. iPhil macrumors 68040


    Hey MJ, Is the "InterWeb" a Big Room because some ppl say the 'net is series of tubes? :confused: :rolleyes:
  12. MUCKYFINGERS macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2005
    OS X update is much simpler and much better than windows update.
  13. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    It's so much better than it was with Win98SE but you still have the chance to take away individual items instead of having every patch for a single product bundled into one package. You could end up with a bad combination.

    It's easy to copy the look-and-feel but not so easy to copy the behaviour.
  14. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    If only because it doesn't pester like XP. I use my XP box mainly for playing an online game. One night I start up the PC and I get the XP update :bloop: sound (I have it set for alert only). I say, what the heck, I'll get the download out of the way. Then XP asks me if I want to restart now or later. I click "later" and start up the game. Five minutes into playing, an XP dialog box appears in the middle of the screen asking me if I want to restart now or later. Of course since I'm in the game, I can't dismiss the dialog box. I quit the game, dismiss the dialog box and start playing again. You guessed it -- XP was going to demand a restart every five minutes until I did it. This is Microsoft's definition of "later" and it is non-negotiable!

    Now, somebody is bound to point out that some Mac updates require a reboot, and the reboot is automatic. This is true. But at least Apple doesn't make you think that the reboot can be delayed, when in reality it can only be delayed only long enough for you to get involved in something else.
  15. thewhitehart macrumors 6502a


    Jul 9, 2005
    The town without George Bailey
    Absolutely! I forgot about that - that ticks me off the most. The damn bubble keeps popping up to remind you to reset.

    I work in a mission critical environment, and when xp shuts down to reboot, it leaves a time frame open that is not only inconveniencing but dangerous. I wish we had macs.
  16. ddekker macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2006

    I find being both a windows user and an OS X user that I end up rebooting my OS X machine for updates much more often than XP... it also seems as though the updates for OS X are HUGE... seems as though every other day there is a 30 meg update for iphoto or itunes.. In the day there were a ton of updates on the windows machine, but now its few and far between.. the apple seems to have many more updates IMHO

  17. Attonine macrumors 6502a

    Feb 15, 2006
    Kent. UK
    The biggest advantage I find with OS X updates is that you can continue to use your machine while it is updating. With Windows XP, if you choose to do a Windows or Microsoft update, ie force the machine to look for updates, the whole thing grinds to a halt while it is looking for any updates you may need. Then there are the 1000's of error codes you need to decipher to work out why the updates downloaded but wouldn't install, only to find all your settings are correct but the thing still wont install!

    The OS X setup is much easier too- there is none. No pasting addresses into the trusted sites etc, which I found I had to do a lot because I was always having to reinstall Windows XP!

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