1 Reply Latest reply: Nov 18, 2013 6:09 PM by Linc Davis
Kaloutha Level 1 (0 points)

The update has been downloaded 4 times and it keeps asking to be downloaded again how can I stop this from repeating itself?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,161 points)

    Please read this whole message before doing anything.


    Back up all data. Quit the App Store application if it’s running. Test after each of the following steps until the problem is resolved.


    Step 1


    Triple-click anywhere in the line below on this page to select it:



    Right-click or control-click the highlighted line and select

    Services Reveal

    from the contextual menu.* A Finder window should open with a folder selected. Move the contents of the selected folder to the Trash. You may be prompted for your administrator password.

    *If you don't see the contextual menu item, copy the selected text to the Clipboard by pressing the key combination  command-C. In the Finder, select

    Go Go to Folder...

    from the menu bar, paste into the box that opens (command-V). You won't see what you pasted because a line break is included. Press return.

    Step 2

    Do as in Step 1 with this line:



    If there's no change, quit the App Store and restore the file you moved from your backup, overwriting the one that may have been created in its place. Otherwise, recreate your settings in the Software Update preference pane.



    Step 3


    Hold down the option key and select


    Go Library


    from the Finder menu bar. Move the following items from the Library folder to the Trash (some may not exist):


    • Caches/com.apple.SoftwareUpdate
    • Preferences/com.apple.SoftwareUpdate.plist
    • Preferences/ByHost/com.apple.SoftwareUpdate.*.plist
    • Saved Application State/com.apple.SoftwareUpdate.savedState


    Here, "*" stand for a long string of letters, numbers, and dashes.


    Step 4


    If you still have problems, quit the App Store again.


    Select this line and copy it to the Clipboard:

    open $TMPDIR../C


    Launch the Terminal application in any of the following ways:


    ☞ Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)


    ☞ In the Finder, select Go Utilities from the menu bar, or press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.


    ☞ Open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Terminal in the icon grid.


    Paste into the Terminal window. Depending on which web browser you use, you may have to press the return key. A folder should open. Inside that folder, there may be a subfolder with the name "com.apple.SoftwareUpdate". If so, delete it. You can then quit Terminal.