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Monday, October 22, 2012

1270. Update OS X 10.8

Mary asked: I heard there's an update to Mac OS X 10.8. How do I find it?

OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) changed the way to get updates. You used to have to run the system update and then you'd see the new updates to the operating system, but now system updates and operating system upgrades come to you through the App Store.

You can still, in Mountain Lion, go to the Apple menu and choose Software Updates but you'll find them in the app store as opposed to in a separate application.

As in any other update, you should always back up your computer before any update. Time Machine makes this extraordinarily easy, but any full backup will do. (I still recommend backing up the entire computer to an external hard drive using Carbon Copy Cloner ( or Super Duper ( every now and then, and filing this copy away somewhere).

You should keep up with the most current updates your operating system, if for no other reason than the fact that security issues get found and fixed over time.

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