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Can I upgrade to latest Version. Mac Pro.

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Jan 17, 2013 2:09 PM

Hello all.


I currently have a quad core Mac Pro 2.8 ghz-core intel Xeon running 10.5.8.


I am wanting to upgrade to the new 10.8 is this possible? I did look at upgrading a long time ago but many of my apps such after efx and plugins were not supported so I didnt see the point at the time. We aree wanting to buy Cs6 hence the need to upgrade.  Can anybody tell me what I need to do in order to get the lastest operating system onboard.


Will I have to wipe my hardrive?



  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)
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    Jan 17, 2013 2:11 PM (in response to media73)

    Upgrade Paths to Snow Leopard, Lion, and/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.


    Upgrading to Snow Leopard


    You must purchase Snow Leopard through the Apple Store: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard - Apple Store (U.S.). The price is $19.99 plus tax. You will be sent physical media by mail after placing your order.


    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. Access to the App Store enables you to download Mountain Lion if your computer meets the requirements.


         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.


    Upgrading to Lion


    If your computer does not meet the requirements to install Mountain Lion, it may still meet the requirements to install Lion.


    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.


         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.


    Upgrading to Mountain Lion


    To upgrade to Mountain Lion you must have Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or Lion installed. Purchase and download Mountain Lion from the App Store. Sign in using your Apple ID. Mountain Lion is $19.99 plus tax. The file is quite large, over 4 GBs, so allow some time to download. It would be preferable to use Ethernet because it is nearly four times faster than wireless.



         OS X Mountain Lion - System Requirements


           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.


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

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,560 points)
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    Jan 17, 2013 2:12 PM (in response to media73)

    You need to buy and install a Mac OS X 10.6 DVD, run Software Update, and get 10.8 from the Mac App Store. You don't need to erase or repartition the internal drive.



  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,560 points)
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    Jan 17, 2013 2:27 PM (in response to media73)

    Probably not, but only they can say for certain.



  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,560 points)
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    Jan 17, 2013 2:37 PM (in response to media73)

    Yes, but you should always have a backup; hard drives may fail at any time.




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