The Upgrade that wouldn’t end

Yesterday morning, Apple sent me a notification that an operating system upgrade was available.  And stupid me, I clicked to download the upgrade.

Stupid, stupid, stupid.

The whole mishegas began around ten.  The download took a little over an hour.  The install took more than an hour and a half.

Then, once the install was complete and I logged onto my computer, I learned the hell had only just begun.

Who knew the nearly three hours to simply download and install the upgrade from Mojave to Catalina would be the least time-consuming part?

When I logged into my computer, I got this.

The Upgrade that wouldn’t end

And that stayed on my screen from one o’clock Tuesday afternoon until this morning.

Around seven this morning, I’d had enough.

As I mentioned last week, I have never been mistaken for a patient person.  And a seventeen hour “Setting up your Mac” message was sixteen hours too long for me.

So I turned off the power strip and shut my iMac down.

It was a Hail Mary, I admit.

But it was either shut it down and hope for the best or pick the damn thing up and hurl it out the window.

So I chose the former.

Upon rebooting, the set-up for the Catalina upgrade was in place, and I was able to immediately log onto my computer.

If only I had the presence of mind to try that yesterday afternoon.

An entire day wasted.

Clearly the install and set-up for the new operating system has a bit of a bug.  But if the interminable hold time I experienced last night when I called Apple Support is any indication, I wasn’t the only one bit by that bug.  I never hang up when I call Apple Support.  But last night, with my phone battery dying, I did. Besides, it was late and I wanted to go to bed.

So if you have a Mac computer and have yet to install the Catalina upgrade, take my advice.  Download and install the upgrade in the evening.  Then go through the prompts to the set-up and go to bed.  If the set-up window is still there when you get up in the morning, unplug the damn thing and see what happens.

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11 thoughts on “The Upgrade that wouldn’t end

  • October 9, 2019 at 9:57 am
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    Just graduated to ear buds ….
    The kids call me a Luddite ‘cause I still don’t have cell phone

    • October 9, 2019 at 11:47 am
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      My wife, kids and GRANDKIDS call me worse names for the same reason.

      But My wife, on occasion, the last 20 has used language that’d make a DI proud (or embarrassed) when her cell crashed! Which is why I’ve told her many times I want 1 NOT! SHE MUST HAVE LEARNED SUCH WORDS FROM THE MILKMAN WHILE I WAS AT WORK. Certainly not form me!

  • October 9, 2019 at 11:03 am
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    I got a notification that mine was going to start automatically. Do I want to proceed or wait 1 hour or try again tonight. I clicked- try again tonight-
    Then I thought, who the hell are they to tell me that they were just gonna update without me approving it? I have to go end that crap.

    Anyway, it updated, restarted and it was fine. I don’t know how long it took because I fell asleep before it started updating. lol.

    In the meantime, every time an app on my iphone says it needs an update, I go to do it and I get the ‘your phone is too damn old to update [or download] this app’ type of message.
    Oh well.

    This is why we will never have flying cars. lol

    • October 9, 2019 at 9:01 pm
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      UPDATE: lols

      I started to wonder, if it updated, why didn’t anything ‘change’?
      So I clicked on ‘about this mac’ and it turns out it NEVER UPDATED. lol
      Why would it tell me that it did it this morning???

      OK so, I’m not gonna do it. I’ll wait a week or so. 😀

  • October 9, 2019 at 12:03 pm
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    Haven’t done the system upgrade but just did Safari and Twitter (not signed up but just browse a couple of sites like Iowahawk) and AmericanThinker won’t load. Other sites (so far) still load.

  • October 9, 2019 at 12:17 pm
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    Spoke to soon, YouTube won’t load either, but I can see videos linked on other sites. Oh well.

  • October 9, 2019 at 3:07 pm
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    Update: Cleared History and sites are loading again. Give it a try if you experienced the same problem.

  • October 9, 2019 at 7:40 pm
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    Honestly myself with a simple phone and a small laptop with limited memory, am very happy that I don’t deal with the latest technology. Technology will be the eventual downfall of this great country, the USA. Magnetic fields do change and then silence.

  • October 10, 2019 at 8:10 am
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    The first law of Apple ownership, to which you assented when you first turned on your machine, is that you don’t talk shit about Apple products. The consequences for violating this rule can be quite harsh.

  • October 10, 2019 at 4:43 pm
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    I tried to upgrade. After about two hours of work I was able to clear enough space on my laptop for the upgrade to proceed. And Surprise! You have to upgrade to Microsoft Office 365 if you still want to access your Word and Excel files. But you can do that for the bargain low price of $69.99 a year! And now I have to weed through new versions of these products. Thanks, Apple!

  • October 11, 2019 at 3:16 pm
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    My epic fail was I did not check to see what programs were 32 bit only. After my forced restart, I was able to find and update everything, except the VPN software from Cisco. I had to bring the computer into work and download the authorized and updated 64 bit version. As for Microsoft Office, I made the switch to Libre office some time ago. so far, I have not regretted the choice to step away from Office.

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