These updates can include all sorts of fun stuff, like ♦ Bug fixes ♦ Improvements and new features ♦ Enhanced drivers ♦ Security upgrades ♦ Firmware upgrades Apple makes it easy to keep Mac OS X up-to-date with the Software Update controls in System Preferences.
You don’t even have to display the System Preferences window to check for new software updates manually.
Select the Check for Updates check box and choose how often you want these updates from the pop-up menu.
(I suggest at least weekly, if not daily.) For a manual check, make sure that you’re connected to the Internet and then click the Check Now button.
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To download updates automatically, mark the Download Important Updates in the Background check box to enable it; the Big X politely downloads the updates behind the scenes and then alerts you that they’re ready to be installed.
(With automatic downloading disabled, Mac OS X displays any available updates with short descriptions, and you can toggle the installation of a specific update by enabling or disabling the check boxes next to it.) Install all updates, even for hardware that you don’t have yet.
This chapter covers the initial installation and setup of Mac OS X Tiger, either as a fresh installation, or as an upgrade from a previous version.
Detailed instructions are given to help you set your Mac up just how you want it.
For all of these occasions, this chapter explains what needs to be done (and why) and offers solutions to a variety of potential problems.
I start off by providing background information on installing Mac OS X for the first time, moving on to give more general information about installing, reinstalling, and restoring Mac OS X software.
Then from the drop-down list box, choose how often you want these updates.