System Software Notes

10.2.5 Update Problem

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Warning: Mac OS X 10.2.5 installer failure with Software Update
This warning should be heeded by all users attempting to install a fresh copy of Mac OS X, then use Software Update to upgrade to Mac OS X 10.2.5.

If install any iteration of Mac OS X prior to version 10.2.3, then attempt to run the automatic Software Update function and install all available items, the application will automatically install every update listed – including several component updates that made their debut after Mac OS X 10.2.3 – and then Mac OS X 10.2.5. In at least a handful of confirmed cases, the Mac OS X 10.2.5 updater will then fail to install. The Mac OS X 10.2.5 combo updater will also fail to take.

We have tagged the problem to QuickTime 6.1.1, but more than one updater may be at fault.

The easiest solution to this problem is to install the 83 MB Mac OS X 10.2.5 combo updater before installing any other items available in Software Update. If it is too late and you have already gotten to the point where the Mac OS X 10.2.5 updater continually fails, try installing the Mac OS X 10.2.3 combo updater first and then move to 10.2.5.