Software Update no longer available in Mac OS X v10.3 and earlier

Learn about how automatic Software Update no longer works in Mac OS X v10.3 and earlier.

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As of July 23, 2012, the Software Update feature of Mac OS X v10.3 and earlier is no longer available, but you can manually download any updates that are still available.

Note: Automated checks for updates should not display an alert message, but manually checking for updates via Software Update on computers running Mac OS X v10.3 or earlier may display a "timeout" or "connection failure" alert. This is expected behavior. Automatic software updates for these OS versions are no longer available.

Updates for Mac OS X v10.3 or earlier

Apple's Support Downloads website provides software updates that you can install manually, including the Mac OS X v10.3.9 update and Mac OS X v10.2.8 update. Locate updates using either of these methods:

  • Search for the OS version, such as "Mac OS X v10.3".
  • Browse downloads by product: select "Mac OS and Software", then "Mac OS", then "Earlier Products".


If you wish to turn off automatic Software Update checks, you can change the Software Update settings in either System Preferences or Software Update, depending on your Mac OS version.

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