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  1. None of these worked for me, but from another article:
    Reset PRAM on your Mac and then try again. To reset PRAM, turn off your Mac and then turn it on and immediately press and hold the Option, Command, P, and R keys together for about 20 seconds.
    That worked for me.

  2. These instructions worked for me! Thank you! I have a big presentation and my videos were lagging and I couldn’t figure out how to get past the checking for updates screen, since it always showed loading. Thank you so much!

  3. The instructions for “Delete MacOS Install Data” worked for me! (First I tried booting in Safe mode, then I tried the instructions for “Reset Software Update Preferences”. Neither of those worked.) I know nothing about computers, so I’m very happy this worked. Thank you!

  4. Trying to upgrade to Monterey, my iMac was just spinning its wheels until I booted into Safe Mode. Then it installed normally.

    Thanks!

  5. Tried them all individually (minus booting into safe mode) with no luck. Then i ran the first aid tool as Fred mentioned and redeleted
    sudo rm -rf “/macOS Install Data”
    sudo rm /Library/Preferences/com.apple.SoftwareUpdate.plist

    After restarting after doing all of that it finally worked like a charm.

  6. This:
    sudo rm /Library/Preferences/com.apple.SoftwareUpdate.plist

    and restart solved my issue.

    Thank you so much!!

  7. I did the last two at the same time to save time on reboots, and one of them (or the combination of both) did it for me. Many thanks!

  8. I tried all of the above to no avail. Then I opened Disk Utility in my Applications/Utilities folder and ran First Aid on my disk using the methodical approach recommended by Apple:

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT210898

    Looking at my system log, it seems like the software update process finally ran properly as soon as I finished First Aid on my “Macintosh HD – Data” Volume (in my case, it immediately ran and found the pending MRT and Safari updates). But I’m not absolutely sure about the timing so if you want to try this I would go ahead and follow the remaining First Aid instructions recommended by Apple.

  9. When trying the last 2 options I received an invalid message. What should I be looking for when the code is entered correctly into the terminal?

  10. After having tried the usual common troubleshooting measures, I tried this – Reset the Software Update preferences. This did not fix it.

    Then, I tried this – Delete macOS Install data. This worked like magic.

    Thank you Doc!

  11. OMFGGG THANK YOUUU. FINALLY AFTER TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT THE PROBLEM IS THIS WEBSITE IS THE ANSWER. I TRIED TO DELETE THE MACOS DATA AND RESET THE SOFTWARE UPDATE PREFERENCES, IT WORKS!!!

  12. XCode Command Line Tools Update after upgrading to Monterey 12.3 from 12.2.1 borked. Simply deleting the “macOS Install Data” directory as outlined above did the trick.

    Thanks

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