How to Fix Software Update when it freezes during “Configuring Installation” – 10.5
I installed some Software Updates recently on an older Mac Mini and left my house to go on a run, I came back about an hour later to find that nothing was installed yet, my Mac Mini was stuck on “Configuring Installation” – hmm now what? Well, it’s a rare occurrence, but it can happen and thankfully it’s easily fixable. First, do not reboot the machine half installed! Follow these steps from Apple and you should be good to go:
Quit (or if necessary, Force Quit) Software Update.
Click the Finder icon in the Dock.
From the Go menu choose “Go to Folder”.
Click Go. The /Library/Updates folder opens.
Select all contents of this folder and move them to the Trash.
Once the above steps are complete, use Software Update again to re-download and install the update.
Phew! Apple to the rescue! This hanging installation problem was supposedly fixed in 10.5.6 so anyone that has kept up to date thus far will probably not run into this problem… unless you’re like me and have older Macs that you neglect to update the software on more than once a year! Oops!