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I had a reader request today about a macOS update on a 2014 Mac Mini. My reader wanted to install the corresponding update, but whenever the progress reached 95 percent, the Mac or the update got stuck.
In order to be able to use the Mac again, he had to turn it off hard (hold down the power button for about 5 seconds). But that didn't mean the update was installed.
If you run into such problems as well, I have a small "best-of" list with tips that I could find on the Internet on the subject. Unfortunately, it's up to you to try them out, because you haven't complained about the MacBook Pro in the last updates.
If you also had to turn off your Mac after the hanging update, you've actually already taken the step. For some people, it helped to completely restart the Mac and then restart the update. But I think most people who get to this article have already tried that ...
Another tip suggests releasing Estonian help on the startup volume. To do this, proceed as follows:
I didn't know this tip yet: Sometimes MacBook (Pro / Air) models don't like it when you have them on my external monitor and the display is closed. In normal operation this works of course, but here and there an update seems to get stuck because of it.
If you have the problem with a mobile Mac, then try to unplug all external devices (including the monitor) (leave the power supply on, of course!) And install the update with the display open.
Another cause of hanging macOS updates can be third-party drivers and extensions. Unfortunately, there isn't a 1-click solution to fix the problem or to find the appropriate file causing the hang.
With the free Tool KnockKnock from Objective-see.com however, all drivers and extensions on the Mac can be inspected and deactivated if necessary. These are all files that are loaded and started when the Mac is started and then run in the background.
The app also checks whether these files contain malware. - I think that was even the original purpose of the program. ;-)
Another problem solver that sometimes works and does not cost a lot apart from time: Installing the current operating system over it - under certain circumstances, the latest version including the desired update will come onto the Mac.
Important: Installing over it does not delete any private data, it only overwrites system files. So you don't have to worry about the Mac erasing everything. Anyone who is afraid should still create a backup - that never hurts. I've done the process a number of times, however, and nothing has ever been corrupted or removed from my data.
The procedure is as follows:
If you solve such hangers differently, then I would be very happy to receive a short comment with your approach. I am happy to add these tips to this article.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.