Mac update stuck - these tips can help

Tips if the Mac update hangs

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.

What to do if the update hangs on your Mac Here are the best tips from Sir Apfelot.

What to do if the update hangs on your Mac Here are the best tips from Sir Apfelot.

Restart your Mac

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 ...

Run first aid in recovery mode

Another tip suggests releasing Estonian help on the startup volume. To do this, proceed as follows:

  1. Restart your Mac
  2. Hold down the CMD or CTRL and R keys (Recovery mode)
  3. Start Disk Utility and select "First Aid"
  4. now have the startup volume checked and repaired
  5. Restart your Mac
  6. Start the update again

MacBook stuck? Open the lid!

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.

With the Mac tool KnockKnock, drivers and system extensions on the Mac can be viewed and deactivated.

With the Mac tool KnockKnock, drivers and system extensions on the Mac can be viewed and deactivated.

Deactivate drivers and extensions with KnockKnock

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. ;-)

macOS "install over it"

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.

If you reinstall macOS over an existing installation, no data will be lost, but the system files will be repaired or replaced. That solves one or the other error - as well as this boot error.

If you reinstall macOS over an existing installation, no data will be lost, but the system files will be repaired or replaced. That solves one or the other error - as well as this boot error.

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:

  1. Restart your Mac
  2. Hold down the key combination CMD + ALT + R
  3. Mac now boots in Internet recovery mode and gets the last, compatible macOS version available for this Mac as the system for the installation (@Marty, thanks for the tip!)
  4. When everything is ready and the Mac has restarted, you can go to System Preferences> Software Update to see whether the relevant update is still open

Do you know any other ways?

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.

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2 comments

  1. Marty Schellman says:

    If you press CMD-ALT and "R" while booting up the recovery, the Mac will boot from the Internet recovery with the latest system version suitable for your Mac. If you then select "Reinstall mac OS", you will save yourself the obligatory update afterwards. It takes a little longer to boot. But it is bearable.

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