Macjitsu: Get Your Apple OS X 10.7.3 Problem Fixes Here

In this week’s Macjitsu, David W. Martin has an interesting tip for anyone who has run into issues with the latest Apple OS X 10.7.3 update. The answer is elementary.

A number of Mac users have been complaining about the recent Apple OS X 10.7.3 update and I’ve had a few complaints, too.

Like a lot of Mac users I updated the OS on all my Macs using Software Update. It usually works. This time, there were problems and they seem widespread enough for me to publish this fix:

Download and install the Apple OS X Lion 10.7.3 Client Combo update — right over your current, problematic Apple OS X 10.7.3.

In short, use the Client Combo update instead of Software Update and you should be fine.

To do this, download a copy of the Client Combo update from Apple’s servers¬†and install it over your current installation of Mac OS X 10.7.3. If you haven’t updated to 10.7.3, remember to download the Client Combo update and use it instead of Software Update.

I performed this on two of my Macs and I immediately saw that it fixed problems I had when saving files using the saved file version features in Apple OS X Lion.

Prior to applying this fix I wasn’t able to save some of the images I had modified for this post and others I’ve been working on today.

The bottom line is this: if you have unexplained problems after using Software Update to update your Mac to Apple OS X 10.7.3, install the Combo Update and see if that resolves the issues you are having. If it doesn’t you have two other options: Contact AppleCare or visit your local Apple Store to see what your local Genius has to say about this.

So far Apple’s answers point in this direction. I’m keeping an eye out. Email me with your tips and fixes at

For Macjitsu at aNewDomain, I’m David W. Martin.



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  • Just thought I’d note something from DWM — the diff between SU and CU is significant here. Especially for this update. DWM wrote to me:

    SU – is the no brainer update. Mostly automatic. It updates 10.7.2 to 10.7.3 only.

    CU – is the one used mainly by admins, IT, especially for mass deployments. It also updates Lion 10.7.0 and anything between it and 10.7.2 to 10.7.3. Because of this blanket updating it often fixes and glitches from the past updaters. Many people feel that is it the only way you should update OS X. I have mixed feelings about that, but I still think it is a good practice for people that can learn to do it.