I have tried all forms of adjustments on several images and never get that Update button to become active. So I have no idea why it is on your system.
When was the last time you restarted your computer?
What is the exact version of LR that you are using, Help About Adobe PS LR CC and post the exact version.
You could try deleting the LR preference file.
What exact type of images are you working with?
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What's the function of this and do I have to 'update' images individually? Or can I get the 'auto upright' to go right with one click?
When you paste/sync develop settings or create a preset, you can apply just the Upright Mode (Auto, Level, Vertical, etc.) or you can also apply the particular transform warping (angle, rotation, etc.) that was calculated for the source image from which you've copied the settings. For example, the Copy Settings window has these options:
Suppose you apply Transform > Auto to a photo and then do Settings > Copy Settings, selecting Upright Transforms. When you paste those develop settings to another photo, you will apply Auto mode and the particular transform warping of the source photo. The Update button in the Transform panel will be active -- if you click it, it will recompute the Auto-mode settings for the current photo.
If you want to apply Auto to many photos, do Settings > Copy Settings and select Upright Mode only. Then select all the photos and do Paste Settings. Similarly for syncing settings or defining a preset.
So I have been struggling with this same issue for a while now. I am running Lightroom CC and have the same problem regardless of whether or not I am using my Imac or Macbook Pro. I have a preset that I use to apply the lens corrections and lens transformations to every image that used to work just fine. All the sudden the images look all wonky upon import unless I go into each image and press the "update" button. I have read this and several other forums multiple times and confirmed that I only have "upright mode" checked in the preset, but it is still giving the same issue. I am a real estate and architectural photographer so I rely on this preset daily to help me edit faster and correct my wide angle lens distortion. Any advice would be appreciated.
If you don't apply the preset in the Import window but rather apply it after import, does the problem still occur?
Thanks for replying. So I spent some time on the phone with Adobe customer support yesterday (2 hours), and they tried to help but after that long I had to get off the phone. It turns out I did need to run an update, which did seem to help the lens corrections/transformations to be more accurate upon applying the preset, but yet still needed to have the "update" button pressed to fully correct the image. But to answer your question, it still does the same thing whether the preset is applied during or after import.
I don't recall seeing any other posts with these symptoms, unfortunately.