10 responses

  1. Kevin Kelly
    November 21, 2017

    Good advice thanks.

    I personally have no interest in installing Mac High Sierra yet, but I will reconsider around 10.13.3 or 10.13.4, as lately it seems to take a few releases to fix the major problems. The things that freak me out about High Sierra are APFS trouble and WindowServer issues, both are so core to the OS that if you have a problem with either, you’re in trouble.

    My attitude with software updates now depends on the hardware it’s going on, and if I hear a whiff of trouble I avoid them completely. I have one older 2010 Mac still running Snow Leopard 10.6.5, performance is great and it does what it needs to do so there is no reason to change it. Another on Mavericks 10.9.5 that is not Retina, and another newer Mac on Sierra 10.12.6. This approach works for me, but it may not work for everyone.

    • Liam
      November 22, 2017

      Right on, I’ll only ever install ‘newly’ released OS’s onto test machines. I have a pair of 2008 MacPro’s one runs Yosemite ( perfectly stable and fast on a SSD ) and the other running High Sierra ( via the macOS High Sierra Patch Tool ) which runs better than expected, but again High Sierra needs plenty of bug fixes. My Touch Bar MacBook Pro will remain on Sierra until I’m confident High Sierra is sufficiently stable and productive…

    • Aaron
      November 22, 2017

      I’m in the same boat as well. I have mid 2012 MBPro and am waiting it out till 10.13.3 or so before I update. Been bit in the butt too many times for jumping in at the first release.

  2. John Beaudette
    November 21, 2017

    If you have downloaded the High Sierra Beta, you can rename the beta file and lock it as indicated above.

  3. Pete
    November 21, 2017

    I usually avoid premature updating the Mac OS, in part due to the Xerox Printers I have often not having a necessary driver (to get access all the printer features) due to somewhat slow development by Xerox.

    Unfortunately, I downloaded an upgrade to Quicken … and it required Mac High Sierra — (wish I’d seen that before clicking OK). So with some reluctance, I backed everything up and the obtained the High Sierra update.

    To my surprise, it did a pretty good job in installing on my “Late 2014, Retina display Mac” … with only a few glitches (caused by weird messages demanding the admin password — that with the help of this site (and others) that I managed to clear).

    The major sigh of relief came from the discovery that High Sierra has incorporated the Xerox drivers into the print driver package that comes with the update. My Xerox printer (Phaser 7760GX) works better than ever.

  4. Archie
    November 21, 2017

    I’ve already updated to High Sierra, but heavily pushing OS upgrades just short of forcing it to occur is one of the most repulsive tactics that a software company can employ. Apple has learned the wrong lesson from Microsoft’s Windows 10 upgrade fiasco.

  5. iMac convert
    November 22, 2017

    Apple take the P with their d/loading and updates almost weekly now.
    These updates are painful for data allowance if one has a phone and iPad also.
    At least they could display the data on each one, why do they not do this?

  6. Lee
    November 22, 2017

    Its constant updates because they have released rubbish BETA software to the world. Ill stick on 10.12.6 Server until 10.14 comes out, and ill try that

  7. Jonathan
    November 22, 2017

    I completely agree with the others and am grateful to know this process. Since trashing the installer app for High Sierra, my system seems to run better too. I’m sticking with 10.12.6 for now. I updated my Office 2016 but that was a mistake also; fortunately, I was able to remove it and reinstall the earlier version so now everything works nicely on my 2011 iMac.

  8. LexS
    December 6, 2017

    the name may be different in other languages. For example in Dutch it is:
    macOS High Sierra-installatie

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