10 Replies Latest reply: Jul 10, 2012 7:28 PM by LarryHN
Macfile89 Level 1 (50 points)

Hi Guys,


My computer was running really slow, so I decided to reload the operating system. I'm running 10.7.4 on a MacBook Air that was purchased almost 12 months ago. Instead of restoring from Time Machine I just copied my Documents, Music, and Photos to an external HD, then erased the internal HD, reloaded Lion, and ran all the updates. I re-installed iLife '11, ran software update again so it would update those apps as well. I copied the old iphoto library into my "Pictures" folder, then went to open iPhoto and the following came up.


In order to open iPhoto, you need to update to the latest version.

Please run Software Update to install it now.


So I run Software Update, and it says everything is up to date. Go back to iPhoto, same thing. Shut down and restart, same thing. Any ideas? Thanks in advance!


- Jared


PS, did the same thing with my music folder and iTunes, and everything there is working seamlessly.


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MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • Robert Rees Level 1 (125 points)

    I'm in a similar position.  I installed iPhoto from a retail iLife 11 DVD and now I'm getting the same error message about iPhoto needing to be updated before it can open, but Software Update tells me my software is up to date. Also tried the update option in App Store but that doesn't help.


    I've deleted iPhoto and the iPhoto preferance files and reinstalled, but the same thing happens.  I'm running latest version of Lion.


    Anyone able to help?

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,895 points)

    What version of iPhoto 11? (iPhoto Menu -> About iPhoto)


    As you installed from Disk you never update via the App Store

  • Robert Rees Level 1 (125 points)

    Thanks, I've solved the problem from a tip you gave in another thread (I downloaded v9.1 direct from Apple Downloads, then used software update to bring up to v9.3).  Thanks for your help.

  • Trevor Newsome Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Robert,


    Thank you very much, after hours of struggling with the same problem I did as you said, downloading V9.1 and then updating from there and it works a treat.



  • Sasparilla256 Level 1 (45 points)

    For future reference of anyone else that runs into this with a new iLife 2011 installation on Lion.  The installation off the iLife 2011 DVD results in a iPhoto installation that won't open (saying it needs to be updated) and the OS X software update that doesn't see iPhoto 2011 as needing updating. 


    The solution appears to be to download the manual update to iPhoto 11 (v9.1) located here:




    Then check the OS X software update, now it should so iPhoto in need of updating to v9.3 or so and iPhoto should open after that update is applied.


    A very annoying bug that should be caught by Lion's OS X software update in the first place..

  • Brian Nesse Level 4 (2,930 points)

    Ran into this on two of my wife's systems over the weekend... very frustrating.


    Has anyone tried just installing the 9.3 manual update yet? I pulled down both the 9.1 and 9.3 updates, but won't be able to try them until later.

  • LarryHN Level 9 (76,872 points)

    backup and install the 9.1 first - then the 9.3



  • Brian Nesse Level 4 (2,930 points)

    I can confirm that, if you attempt to run the 9.3 update first, you will get a dialog stating that iPhoto must be updated to 9.1 to use the update.


    If only the software update server were so clever...

  • allen barry Level 1 (0 points)

    Excuse me Apple but this seems to be a problem with your software iPhoto has issues: see above aka origional post and recentlly I had issues with iMovie misbehaving and titles would not work. It appeared something was wrong with my mac but looking at these discussion areas other users are experiencing similar issues. Apple please address these problems.

  • LarryHN Level 9 (76,872 points)

    No Apple here - as you are aware b=from your careful reading of the TOU this is strictlyh a user to user forum and Apple does not participate = to comment to Apple - iPhoto menu ==> provide iPhoto feedback