Updates Updates Updates!!! - How to get rid of them... *besides the obvious

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by chris001, Feb 20, 2008.

  1. chris001 macrumors regular


    Jan 31, 2008
    hey guys. i have in my update manager...

    i really don't wan tto download these items because i don't use them very often.
    and they just take up space that i need.

    but the update managerpops up once a few days and is like hey you need to update these items
    is there any way that i can get rid of these updates without actually downloading them?

  2. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    They take up hardly any space at all, it's best just to install them.
  3. iansilv macrumors 65816

    Jun 2, 2007
    yeah man- are you a windows convert? I ask because I am, and I cna say- the Mac os does something funny- it uses updates to fix and improve teh software you use, not f@#$ it up like windows does :)
  4. jemeinc macrumors 6502a

    Feb 14, 2004
    South Jersey
    just download the updates already. lol. a lot of things work together and its best just to have your software up to date as per your OS.
  5. chris001 thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 31, 2008
    i am a switcher actually.
    but i only have a macbook.
    my home comp is still a PC.

    i rather like it like that..
    the macbook is sweet for school and travel.. but i need the PC.. it's a comfort thing..

    i have only 120GB of HD space <-- which obviously isn't true HD space so i'm left with about 113GB actually..

    and then there is the OS, drivers, Apps, MUSIC is a big one and Videos also. and some random other things...

    i find my self often only being left with 5GB of space sometimes.. and i need to keep at least 12GB (10% free) so my macbook run's efficiently.

    and all the updates are acutlaly total ~400-500MB in size.
    that is space i may need. minor as it may be.. i dont use those apps at all. and i really need the room

    SO... if there is any other way. i would appreciate it. thanks.
  6. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    If you don't even use those apps and you're having that much space trouble, have you considered just uninstalling them*? Uninstalling them (especially GarageBand) will free up several GB's of space for you, and may make the updates go away.

    *Not Quicktime. Keep that and update that one, as whether you use the app or not, your system uses it behind-the-scenes for some important graphics stuff.
  7. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2005
    The 6ix
    Go to System Prefs, choose Software Update. Uncheck everything- especially the box that says Check for Updates: (Blank) because that will happen automatically. You don't *really* need most updates, especially if HD space is an issue (while things like iPhoto updates add new designs, OS improve general stability- not the regular app updates don't, just not usually to a huge extent). If you find something isn't running well, check for an update in Software Update, but get only that; you can specify which updates to download in the window itself by checking/unchecking certain ones that you do/do not want.

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