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Is there any way to permanently reject Mac updates that are not relevant to one's operating system? I'm referring to non-essential updates for applications that I don't own or use such as MobileMe.

Other than selecting the "not now" option, there doesen't seem to be a way to permanently reject unnecessary updates that only take up space on the hard drive and, because I have no intention of using these applications, serve no purpose whatsoever.

Unfortunately, these unwanted updates always return during future updates, and the "not now" option is a temporary solution at best.

Thanks for any tips.
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Yes, you simply uncheck the downloads you don't want. When you quit the software update, it will ask if you want to ignore those updates that you unchecked in the future. Then they will no longer show up the next time you run the software update.

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With all due respect, but it is beyond me why someone decides not to keep his system ( and apps ) up to date ... A recipe for disaster !

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If it ain't broken, why fix it? Mensch, that is one of the reasons I switched from Windows: I'm tired of updates.

Besides, schwine1 said that he doesn't use some of those applications, so why bother and why use up HDD space. I am in the same boat. I don't use Aperture, so why install a patch that will make it run better?
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MobileMe is part of the OS, in this instance I would recommend running the update. Actually I recommend updating any OS feature update.

If there is a stand alone program that is requesting an update, and you don't use that program then why not just uninstall the program.
For example, Aperture. If you don't want the update, just uninstall the program (which you already don't use). It will free up much more space then just a update.

And most of the time updates remove previous codes and replaces it with the new ones. So your not (always) using up more space.

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And most of the time updates remove previous codes and replaces it with the new ones. So your not (always) using up more space.
Thanks for this clarification.

And, yeah, I forgot to mention, I don't have Aperture installed, so I'll just skip that update. In fact there're two things that I like anent the Mac updates: 1) the updater is informative and tells you plainly and simply what's it for (not some obscure "security update to avoid your PC being compromised, yadda yadda"), and 2) you can set it to not run automatically, and update when and if you want, without it nagging you all the time.
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You should not be "offered" updates for programs that are not installed. If Aperture is not installed, you won't be offered to update it. As for other programs that are installed, you should update them regardless of whether or not they're being used. Sometimes Apple will update an app for security reasons. And who knows if sometime in the future you may want to use that program which heretofore was not used?
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I don't get the resistance.There's nothing about running software updates that "costs" you. There's no reason not to run them. Run it when you go to bed or you otherwise know you're going to be away from your puter for 15 min.

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I don't get the resistance.There's nothing about running software updates that "costs" you. There's no reason not to run them. Run it when you go to bed or you otherwise know you're going to be away from your puter for 15 min.
My resistance to immediately applying software updates is...sometimes the updates can be unstable or "glitchy"...and if you're an earlier adopter...sometimes you're in for some "surprises"!

For example...if Mac OS 10.6.5 was available tomorrow...I wouldn't immediately download it. I would wait at least a little while to see what the Macintosh communities experiences were...before updating.

Just me I guess,

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My resistance to immediately applying software updates is...sometimes the updates can be unstable or "glitchy"...and if you're an earlier adopter...sometimes you're in for some "surprises"!

For example...if Mac OS 10.6.5 was available tomorrow...I wouldn't immediately download it. I would wait at least a little while to see what the Macintosh communities experiences were...before updating.

Just me I guess,

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I'd like to apply the same resistance, but for some reason I get excited any time there is a software update.... in hope that it will make something (even if I don't use it) run better, or add new features.
Luckily, it's never bitten me on the butt like it has others.
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I'd like to apply the same resistance, but for some reason I get excited any time there is a software update.... in hope that it will make something (even if I don't use it) run better, or add new features.
Luckily, it's never bitten me on the butt like it has others.
I think that what I usually hear folks having problems with after a new software update is applied are:

- I can't print to my printer
- my favorite game or program no longer runs or runs properly
- I can't sync my iPod
- my monitor isn't working right
- my computer doesn't see xyz bluetooth device
- etc.

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I don't get the resistance.There's nothing about running software updates that "costs" you. There's no reason not to run them. Run it when you go to bed or you otherwise know you're going to be away from your puter for 15 min.
True but let me take my situation as an example. Right now, SU tells me there is an update to Safari, a browser I very rarely use. I have no urgent desire to install an update that requires me to restart to update a piece of software that I never use.

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yep, and the good old stuck on grey screen after reboot

I do keep up to date time machine backups, and clones though, hence my no fear approach .
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I'm with Nick on this one. Several machines have come to the shop totally messed up (as in have to format the hdd and reinstall Windows in order to fix them, sometimes) because of automatic updates. I agree that with the Mac's closed architecture this is more difficult, but still I prefer to read the update's description and then *I* make the decision whether I want to download it or no, based on whether I really need it.

Case in point, this: "The Snow Leopard Graphics Update contains stability and performance fixes for graphics applications and games, including fixes that:
address frame rate issues occurring in Portal and Team Fortress 2 on certain Macs
resolve an issue that could cause Aperture 3 or StarCraft II to unexpectedly quit or become unresponsive"

-I don't have Aperture, nor am I likely to buy it (I use Lightroom), nor do I play games on my Mac.

Here's another one: "This update extends RAW image format compatibility to Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’09 for the following cameras:

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS
Olympus E-PL1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10
Samsung NX10
Sony Alpha DSLR-A390
Sony Alpha NEX-3
Sony Alpha NEX-5"

-Again, I'm not an Aperture user, and my camera, Canon XSi, is not affected, ergo, why should I download that?

And so with other items listed in the updater, such as iTunes 10, which I don't want.

Security updates, well those are a different matter.

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You're far more likely to run into big problems if you put off update after update then try to "catch up". The "glitches" from minor updates are really quite rare.

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