Forum Question: How Do I Rollback 10.8.2 Update to Fix Parental Controls?

The bug in Parental Controls (rendering it currently unusable) is a dealbreaker for my family – I must be able to use Parental Controls in order to allow a computer in the house. Thus, until a fix comes out in 10.8.3, I need to revert back to 10.8.1. How do I do this?
I do TM backups, but only user files, not system files – so it wont do a rollback. I did a Control-R boot and reinstalled the OS but it went directly to 10.8.3.
What do I do to go back to 10.8.2?

Comments: 7 Responses to “How Do I Rollback 10.8.2 Update to Fix Parental Controls?”

    10/2/12 @ 9:45 am

    That’s not easy. Very tough, in fact. Maybe next to impossible.
    So, instead of taking all that time and doing something so drastic, maybe just try to fix the problem.
    What problem, exactly, are you having? The only one I have read about has to do with it not allowing https sites. But there seem to be some fixes for that.
    Are you experiencing something else? Are you using multiple accounts — one that has tight controls and your kids can use, and one that has no controls that you use? Passwords on the accounts would then solve the problem.
    Have you considered alternatives to using Parental Controls? It is a good feature, but something like OpenDNS ( is better, allowing for more control and expanding to ANY device on the network (phones, game systems, iPads, iPod touch, etc).

      10/2/12 @ 10:29 am

      I’m having the posted problem. I use Parental Controls specifically and exclusively to prevent iTunes from being launched (and thus used to reformat an iPhone to get around restrictions). No webblocking setup, yet all kinds of errors come up, including mail from yahoo and exchange, sugar sync and more.

        10/2/12 @ 11:11 am

        If you are using it only to prevent iTunes from launching (there are other ways to do that, BTW), then why not turn off the Safari portion of Parental Controls?

          10/2/12 @ 1:12 pm

          “Why not turn off the Safari portion of Parental Controls” – I did, that is the bug. No matter what setting you have for web filtering, including none, it coughs all over HTTPS traffic.

          How else does one prevent iTunes from launching?

          Thx in advance

            10/2/12 @ 2:09 pm

            You go to the “Status” screen for the device in iTunes. Then deselect “Open iTunes when this iPhone is connected” from Options.

              10/2/12 @ 2:36 pm

              No, this only disables automatic launching. The user can still manually launch iTunes, just like any other app. Parental Controls allows you to “Limit Applications”, wherein you can totally prevent iTunes from being launched.

              Is there another way to do this without parental controls?

                10/2/12 @ 4:29 pm

                Oh, I see. Well why not set up separate accounts then. The kids only have access to their account, which has parental controls on. You have access to your account with no controls. So only they have to deal with the parental controls bugs (which should be sorted out soon, I’d imagine).

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