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I hate that after many system updates, like the recent QuickTime update, I have to restart my computer. It would not be so annoying if I could do it later. But now, I have to restart or watch the Update window floating on my workspace.

I found a quite obvious way to get rid of System Update window -- just press Command-Option-Escape and force quit the System Update application.

[robg adds: If you do this, remember that you really do need to restart to have the update take effect. While it may not be critical for something like QuickTime, it could be more of an issue in the event of security updates. I thought we had run a hint on this subject here, but nothing turned up in a few search efforts.]
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Avoid an immediate restart after system updates
Authored by: adrianm on Jul 05, '06 07:45:06AM

I don't get it. If you're not prepared to install an update that needs a reboot, then don't install it. Do it later when convenient.



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Avoid an immediate restart after system updates
Authored by: chris_on_hints on Jul 05, '06 07:56:01AM

Or install the updates when convenient, then restart when convenient.

There have been many times when I have been installing updates, then wanted to keep working for a little while after they are done. I guess this is a side effect from not having to "Quit all running programs" like you are advised to in windows (which I ignore!!)



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Avoid an immediate restart after system updates
Authored by: snoozer on Jul 05, '06 08:02:00AM

I agree. Why not just wait to do the update?

I would be nervous about using a half-updated system. But if doing so doesn't bother you, why not simply ignore the SWU window? Don't your other windows get in front of it anyway?



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Avoid an immediate restart after system updates
Authored by: chris_on_hints on Jul 05, '06 07:52:31AM

I am a little more gentle with the software update app - I purposely have a textedit window open with hasn't been saved. When I hit restart in software update, it will close apps before logging out. When it gets to textedit, it will ask if I want to save changes - hit cancel there, and the logout/restart process is cancelled.

Obviously, this tip works in any app with an unsaved document open. Oh, and X11 too if you have anything running.



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Avoid an immediate restart after system updates
Authored by: tobyvoss on Jul 05, '06 07:58:38AM

i don't like to use brute force quit on a perfectly running innocent little dialog box. i usually just hide the software update app (command-h) to get it out of my face, then do the reboot later. i do think apple forces us to reboot too often with it's software updates, though.



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Avoid an immediate restart after system updates
Authored by: ratpH1nk on Jul 05, '06 08:15:49AM

A somewhat more straightforward way to do this is right-click the update icon in the dock, and press and hold down the open button. This changes the usual "Quit" option to "Force Quit". This can be done for any application.



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Avoid an immediate restart after system updates
Authored by: benwiggy on Jul 05, '06 08:22:34AM

It's probably not wise to continue working after you've installed something that asked for a restart.

However, you can "queue up" several install packages to avoid sucessive optimizing and restarting.
If you double click on subsequent installer packages while one installation is running, they will install in order, followed by only one round of optimization and the request to restart.

This is a real timesaver when you have to do re-instal the whole system with all the updates.



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Avoid an immediate restart after system updates
Authored by: kyngchaos on Jul 05, '06 09:17:45AM

I like this one - much cleaner. I tried making a metapackage installer recently (requires Xcode tools) with QT, iTunes, 10.4.7 combo and Java 5, but only itunes and Java5 would install.



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Avoid an immediate restart after system updates
Authored by: Anonymous on Jul 05, '06 09:25:28AM

I made a Distribution Project (Tiger and above) using PackageMaker with 14 packages in it and had no problem whatsover. A complete update in one package.



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Avoid an immediate restart after system updates
Authored by: kyngchaos on Jul 05, '06 02:14:55PM

I've never tried a distribution project before, just metapackages. Maybe that's why it skipped some packages.



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Avoid an immediate restart after system updates
Authored by: kyngchaos on Jul 05, '06 02:12:36PM

Well, no so clean, but it works. It actually doesn't 'queue up' each, it just opens separate installer windows for each. You still must click thru each one (admin password once only).



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Avoid an immediate restart after system updates
Authored by: crozewski on Jul 05, '06 08:46:50AM
Use softwareupdate off of the command line to update your system, that avoids a restart.
softwareupdate -i -a


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Avoid an immediate restart after system updates
Authored by: foilpan on Jul 05, '06 08:48:04AM

if you download the updates and install them with the installer command, you can avoid the dialog and restart when you're ready.

point installer at the package like so:

sudo /usr/sbin/installer -pkg /tmp/InstallerPackage.pkg -target /

when it's done, it will tell you whether a restart is necessary. man installer will give you the details. i sometimes use the -verbose switch to keep an eye on things as the install progresses.



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Avoid an immediate restart after system updates
Authored by: scotty321 on Jul 05, '06 09:46:16AM

I would not recommend following the advice in this hint. You're supposed to restart your machine for a reason -- purposely not doing so can wreak havoc on your entire system and cause problems later. If you're not ready to restart, do NOT install the software update.



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Avoid an immediate restart after system updates
Authored by: peewit on Jul 05, '06 10:26:50AM

I agree. Why would you NOT want to restart? Updates which replace extensions and frameworks and other system level files NEED to be restarted to take effect. I wonder if people who do this are the ones who then appear on Apple Forums saying how 10.4.X (enter your own number) has caused problems on their machines. I can't understand it.



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Avoid an immediate restart after system updates
Authored by: dr_bob_cms on Jul 05, '06 10:52:16AM

Indeed, for some updates that require a reboot, like Quicktime (why oh why do quicktime updates require a reboot???) it is probably OK to delay it. But for others, I have discovered that bad things can happen if kernel extensions and system libraries don't match. Don't try it. Just wait until you can reboot to apply your updates.



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Avoid an immediate restart after system updates
Authored by: macshome on Jul 05, '06 11:37:59AM

Quicktime updates all sorts of libraries. And just about anything that is open will want to load those QT libraries.

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Avoid an immediate restart after system updates
Authored by: tomem on Jul 05, '06 06:34:31PM

Does anyone see a problem with simply *hiding* the installer app, and going on with whatever you are doing that is more pressing, until you have time to do the restart? I mean, what is the big deal with interrupting that process, anyway. It is perfectly happy to wait until you are ready, and doesn't to my knowledge use a modal dialog, or otherwise get in your face...

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What about a shutdown option?
Authored by: parr on Jul 05, '06 08:49:21PM

I would really like to see a shutdown button in addition to the restart button. Typically I install updates at the end of the day, this option seems so obvious.
Alternatively a scheduled update would be nice.



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Avoid an immediate restart after system updates
Authored by: Mikey-San on Jul 06, '06 02:24:10AM

And I used to wonder why people had problems with their computers.

What's with all the super-stupid hints lately? FORCE-QUITTING the update system because you don't want to restart? Do these people really know that little about their computers?

Protip:

DON'T RUN INSTALL UPDATES THAT WILL ASK FOR A RESTART IF YOU DON'T WANT TO RESTART RIGHT NOW. Just do it later, after you're finished working. Is this such a difficult concept?



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Avoid an immediate restart after system updates
Authored by: XCool on Jul 17, '06 08:06:34AM
Software Update tells you which update requires a reboot... its there for a PURPOSE...

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