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Upgrade help please! - From MAC OS X 10.5.8 to Mountain Lion

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Hi there,

 

I need to upgrade my OS X 10.5.8 to the new Mountain Lion, but from what I have read, I can't just purchase the upgrade and have to do some steps in between to make my mac compatible.

 

I found this out when I upgraded my iphone 3GS to OS 10.6 and had to update itunes to 10.7 and I can't sync my itunes with my phone because my macbook OS is too old. <le sigh>

 

Does anyone have any guidance on what steps I need to take?

 

Thanks

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,095 points)

    Upgrading to Snow Leopard, Lion, or Mountain Lion

     

    You can upgrade to Mountain Lion from Lion or directly from Snow Leopard. Mountain Lion can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $19.99. To access the App Store you must have Snow Leopard 10.6.6 or later installed.

     

    You can purchase Snow Leopard by contacting Customer Service: Contacting Apple for support and service - this includes international calling numbers. The price is $19.99 plus tax. You will receive physical media - DVD - by mail.

     

    Third-party sources for Snow Leopard are:

     

    Snow Leopard from Amazon.com

    Snow Leopard from eBay

     

    After you install Snow Leopard you will have to download and install the Mac OS X 10.6.8 Update Combo v1.1 to update Snow Leopard to 10.6.8 and give you access to the App Store.

     

    You can purchase Lion by contacting Customer Service: Contacting Apple for support and service - this includes international calling numbers. The cost is $19.99 (as it was before) plus tax.  It's a download. You will get an email containing a redemption code that you then use at the Mac App Store to download Lion. Save a copy of that installer to your Downloads folder because the installer deletes itself at the end of the installation.

     

    Be sure your computer meets the minimum requirements:

     

    Apple - OS X Mountain Lion - Read the technical specifications.

     

    Macs that can be upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion

     

      1. iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)

      2. MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)

      3. MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)

      4. MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)

      5. Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)

      6. Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)

      7. Xserve (Early 2009)

     

    Are my applications compatible?

     

    See App Compatibility Table - RoaringApps - App compatibility and feature support for OS X & iOS.

     

    Am I eligible for the free upgrade?

     

    See Apple - Free OS X Mountain Lion upgrade Program.

     

    For a complete How-To introduction from Apple see Apple - Upgrade your Mac to OS X Mountain Lion.

     

    Model Eligibility for Snow Leopard and Lion.

     

    Snow Leopard General requirements

     

      1. Mac computer with an Intel processor

      2. 1GB of memory

      3. 5GB of available disk space

      4. DVD drive for installation

      5. Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may

          apply.

      6. Some features require Apple’s MobileMe service; fees and terms apply.

     

    Lion System Requirements

      1. Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or

          Xeon processor

      2. 2GB of memory

      3. OS X v10.6.6 or later (v10.6.8 recommended)

      4. 7GB of available space

      5. Some features require an Apple ID; terms apply.

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,855 points)

    You need to update iTunes to 10.6.3, not 10.7, and this doesn't require an OS upgrade.

     

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