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Monday, December 24, 2007

Restart or not?

If you want to run software update but don't want to restart your computer now, you have to check to see if the update requires a restart. It is not obvious at first, but the grey icon at the left of the update tells you if it requires a restart. When the icon is there, you need to restart after doing the update. In general, Security, Mac OS X and QuickTime updates require a restart.

16 Comments:

Blogger Kyle said...

doesnt it say that in the update?

December 24, 2007 at 12:45 AM  
Blogger Keiron said...

Check out the bottom left hand corner of the update window

December 24, 2007 at 6:50 AM  
Blogger Filippo said...

A little... OBVIOUS...:P

December 24, 2007 at 6:53 AM  
Blogger BIG PETIS said...

Uhh... this is not a tip. I was hoping for something that let you get the update without restarting. Instead you tell us something that any Mac user can figure out. This is by far the weakest tip ever. What are you gonna tell us next? You can open finder by clicking on both the Finder icon in the dock and by clicking on the Macintosh HD icon.

December 24, 2007 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger eddie said...

I think it's a great tip. I click yes so fast I never look around and sometimes I have something else going and the 'Restart' button takes me by surprise.

Also - these tips are fantastic and there's a new one every day. And they're free. How dare you complain.

December 24, 2007 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger skier8689 said...

to update without a restart do the update then force quit the updater when its done. make sure you remember to restart later tho

December 24, 2007 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger John said...

Please confirm: is this true that you can FORCE QUIT the Updater and still operate without losing Safari pages and other work, then restart later at your convenience? If so, THIS is a jewel -- I too have been caught by not realizing that a restart is required after updating, just recently noticed the note at the bottom left of the update offer, now I'm glad to learn of the significance of the grey icon to the left of the listing .... thanks!

December 24, 2007 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger George said...

wow...pretty snarky.

December 24, 2007 at 12:51 PM  
Blogger MacTipper said...

Well, the way it works (from my understanding) is that when you install/download an update, it downloads the update and tells the computer that the update needs to be installed. Then, when you restart, it installs the update then. Which is why the Force Quit thing might work. However, I have not tested it.

And yes, this is a bad tip. I know they're free, and, they're everyday. However, this is really obvious.

MacTipper
http://www.mactipper.com/

December 24, 2007 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

umm, I think a lot of you stuck-up whiners are taking for granted the advice, hints AND tips you receive for free every day. Maybe if you, "experts", stop looking down on this blog, you'll see all the benefits this blog has been to you all - even if you know some of the tips; I'm sure you don't know everything that's ever been published here. (If you have, maybe you should tell us about it and start your own blog, omniscient mac users.)

December 24, 2007 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Irene said...

The computer will sit there and patiently wait for you to choose to restart. I always go back to what I'm doing and restart when convenient, and that could be the end of my work day. Never had an issue.

December 24, 2007 at 10:45 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Thank you for the tip. As far as I'm concerned, no tip posted here is a "bad" tip. For me, a novice mac user who is not terribly tech savvy at all, even knowing what a particular icon means is helpful, as are all the HELPFUL additions to the posted tip. Those of you who find the tip "obvious" or "bad" or not even a tip have obviously forgotten what it means to be a beginner, and I'm glad all the tips are not aimed at those of you who are supposed experts. Thank you.

December 25, 2007 at 12:04 AM  
Blogger BJM said...

From another, rather senior, person on the learning curve, thank you for this, and also for your overall effort over the year.

Best wishes for 2008, BJM, Glasgow, Scotland

December 25, 2007 at 4:41 AM  
Blogger sindändùne said...

I think it is an OK tip. I had never noticed it, so thank you.

All the smart arses who like to criticise anything that is obvious to them never think of the lesser beings like me.

Great job, thank you for the everyday free tip and happy new year to all!

December 25, 2007 at 6:57 PM  
Blogger MrHuss said...

I'm shocked that people take the time to criticize any of your efforts. The selfishness is unfathomable, as if they're paying you or something...oh-lest I become one of the "them" (a complainer), let me say that I'm grateful that you are willing to mention the most obvious tip (though this one wasn't that obvious to me) and your commitment to making our mac experience better.
Happy New Year!

December 25, 2007 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger Martin said...

I am a long time Mac User and have only recently found out that the icon in the updater list means that you have to restart the computer. So I refrain from updating the particular update eventually for some time. Shame on those who ciriticise this excellent page!

December 28, 2007 at 2:04 PM  

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