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I have had my new iMac only about 10 days, still learning I have always used PC and after just playing around with this thing if I can master it I will never return to a PC! My question is a small window came up on my screen and said that they were updates ready for my computer, (I always hated that with the PC) of course it shows what they are so should I download them and will they automatically install themselves? Thanks in advance.
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In general, the  software updates are either version of OS, application, firmware and security updates.
Their is no need for concern when installing them, and they will install themselves in the right locations.
They don't come up anywhere near as often as Windows' annoying updates.

When you get a new Mac, it is advised to keep clicking software update over and over until there is nothing left.
After that, you can set  software updater to check for updates manually, daily, weekly, etc.

I have had mine set for many years to do so daily, and have never had a problem with it.
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To check for Apple updates, click on the apple icon in the upper left, then choose "Software update..." A progress box will open and you will see it checking for any updates from Apple. Once it is done, it will tell you whether or not there are updates and you can then decide what to do about them. I usually just go ahead and install, but it's up to you.

When the window message you are seeing opens what updates does it list?
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Dang, 6string beat me to it!
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Thanks guys I know I will have a lot of questions, hopefully everyone will have patience with me, I'm almost 56 now and this is my new hobby, just got out of rc airplanes, just could not do that anymore. Thanks again.
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In general, the  software updates are either version of OS, application, firmware and security updates.
Their is no need for concern when installing them, and they will install themselves in the right locations.
They don't come up anywhere near as often as Windows' annoying updates.

When you get a new Mac, it is advised to keep clicking software update over and over until there is nothing left.
After that, you can set  software updater to check for updates manually, daily, weekly, etc.

I have had mine set for many years to do so daily, and have never had a problem with it.
Where do I set the software updater at, where is it located?
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>system preferences>software update>scheduled check




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As 6String pointed out, you can chance the update frequency to less often, but be aware that the less often you check, the more likely there will be an update!

Having said that, Apple doesn't normally do a lot of updates, I think I see an AVERAGE of one a month -- and this is not generally a system or security update, it's an update to one of my pre-installed Apple Apps (like iTunes) which generally brings new features.
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