5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 21, 2007 12:26 PM by Dr. Smoke
Mark Svendsen Level 1 (5 points)

I have installed the latest update to OSX using
software update feature.

Can I get the update (10.4.8) available in a download
not an automatic install?

I may want to re-install the update when I cannot
get access to the internet.

thanks in advance

Mark S

iBook G4   Mac OS X (10.4.8)  
  • Robert Newall Level 3 (605 points)
    You can. They are called 'standalone' downloads. What you want would depend upon what you were updating from with the reserve.
    The scenario you describe would have you simply re applying (guess) 10.4.0 to 10.4.8 update code to an existing 10.4.8, an overlay so the minimum update would suffice.
    They usually say that the 'combo' updates are better so you might try getting the smallest combo that takes one to 10.4.8. That would have maybe more code than you would need but would do no harm.
    The best advice would be to find out why you could not get on the internet (if that happened) the problem might not be in the update code you installed. However you would have the backup to install.
  • Francine Schwieder Level 6 (19,045 points)
    All Apple downloads are here:


    The OS updates are currently down near the bottom. For the future you might want to do what I do: when Software update pops up, instead of click the Install button, go to the Update menu bar item and select "Install and Keep Package." All the updates will then available on your hard drive in "/Library/Packages" for reuse, or you can burn them to a disk.

  • ScotMij Level 7 (21,225 points)
    Look in Apple Support Downloads

  • ScotMij Level 7 (21,225 points)
    Snap Francine
  • Dr. Smoke Level 9 (56,585 points)
    Hi, Mark.

    As Francine noted, you can find the updates at the Apple Downloads page. I also maintain a list of all available Mac OS X updates: see my "Mac OS X Standalone Updates" FAQ for a list of all available Mac OS X standalone updates -- both Individual (aka Delta) and Combo updates -- for Tiger, Panther, and Jaguar. This list can be easier to use than searching for updates on Downloads. Since you have a PowerPC-based Mac, you'll want the PPC-oriented Updates.

    Before installing future software updates, you may wish to consider the advice in my "Installing Software Updates" FAQ. Taking the steps therein before installing an update often helps avert problems and gives you a fallback position in case trouble arises.

    Good luck!

    Dr. Smoke
    Author: Troubleshooting Mac® OS X

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