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Software updates aren’t displaying in System Preferences

If updates aren’t showing up in macOS in System Preferences → Software Update or there is just a spinning icon displayed, running the following command in Terminal can help to wake up the software update daemon. Make sure to close the System Preferences window before running this command:

sudo launchctl kickstart -k system/com.apple.softwareupdated

Try reopening System Preferences → Software Update and give it 10-15 seconds to check for available updates.