I can't update elementary os, when I try to change the settings 'Install updates from', none of the check boxes will check, it stays like the following image. What should I do? enter image description here


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Software Update

I have this problem, and the solution does not work work though.


When you click on one of those check boxes, it should ask you to authenticate - either:

  • with your password (if you are a super user)
  • or with a super user's password (if a super user has been created)
  • or with the root password (which probably hasn't been set up as it's Ubuntu based).

If that fails, start a terminal and enter the following:

sudo software-center

It will ask for your user password and open the software-center for you with the required privileges to change the settings.

Alternatively, and if the above doesn't work, you can edit the apt repository configuration directly by editing /etc/apt/sources.list. The disabled repositories start with a single #. Remove this # to enable the repository.

  • That didn't do anything :/ Basically, as soon as I check one, it unchecks itself. – user86761 Oct 5 '14 at 14:51
  • I didn't see a software.list file, just sources.list – Aaron Austin Oct 6 '14 at 4:09
  • My apologies - that was a typo. Edit the sources.list – garethTheRed Oct 6 '14 at 5:04

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