Mac OS X: About the Mac OS X 10.2.8 Update (Combo)

This software updates Mac OS X 10.2, 10.2.1, 10.2.2, 10.2.3, 10.2.4, 10.2.5, 10.2.6, or 10.2.7 to version 10.2.8.


Important: This update does not work with Power Mac G5 computers. For information about Mac OS X 10.2.8 for Power Mac G5 computers, please see technical document 25576, "Mac OS X 10.2.8, G5: About the Mac OS X 10.2.8 (G5) Update".

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Important: Read Before Installing

    1. You may experience unexpected results if you have installed third-party system software modifications, or if you have modified the operating system through other means. This precautionary statement does not apply to the normal installation of application software.

    2. To install Mac OS X 10.2.8, you must enter the password for an administrator account. The password cannot contain a space or special characters typed by pressing the Option key.

    If you need to change an administrator account password, choose Apple menu > System Preferences; then choose View > Accounts. Select the account name and click Edit User. Type the current password and press Return, then type the new password in both text boxes. Click OK when you are done.

    3. The installation process should not be interrupted. Monitor progress by clicking the Detailed Progress disclosure triangle. If a power outage or other interruption occurs during installation, use the standalone installer (see below) from Apple Featured Software to install.


There are two ways to update to Mac OS X 10.2.8. Tip: If you are unable to update after performing an Archive and Install of Mac OS X 10.2, see "Mac OS X 10.2: Can't update to 10.2.8 after Archive and Install of 10.2".

Software Update installation

You may have been referred to this document by Software Update. For more information on this feature, see "Mac OS X: How to Update Your Software".

Because some updates are prerequisites for others, you may need to use Software Update more than once to get all available updates.

Standalone Installers

An installer is also available from Apple Downloads.

Mac OS X 10.2.8 Update (Combo), described in this document, updates Mac OS X 10.2 through 10.2.6 to version 10.2.8.

A smaller update updates Mac OS X 10.2.6 and 10.2.7 to the later version. For information about that installer, see "Mac OS X: About the Mac OS X 10.2.8 Update".


To learn about enhancements included with Mac OS X 10.2.8, see the Enhancements section of this document.

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