4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 8, 2013 7:27 PM by stevejobsfan0123
YolyFromSF Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

How can i updgrade my iMAC OS X 10.4.8 version to 10.7 ?? I'm not so computer literate but my computer is considered old and it is in desperate need of the latest upgrade. Also, how much is the cost for upgrade?  Many thanks to you Apple folks...


iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.8), iMac5 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 1. Re: how can i upgrade my iMAC OS X 10.4.8 version to 10.7 ? Not so computer literate
    Niel Level 10 Level 10 (241,970 points)

    You need to buy a Mac OS X 10.6 DVD from the online Apple Store, and phone them and order a download code for Lion. You'll also need to ensure that the iMac has at least 2GB of RAM.

     

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  • 2. Re: how can i upgrade my iMAC OS X 10.4.8 version to 10.7 ? Not so computer literate
    YolyFromSF Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Niel - I made an error. My computer is 10.4.11 version. Does is matter?  Also, is Lion better than the Slow Leopard?  I hear negative things about the leopard....i really appeciate your direction on upgrading. Thank you much.

  • 3. Re: how can i upgrade my iMAC OS X 10.4.8 version to 10.7 ? Not so computer literate
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,765 points)

    You don't require Leopard.

     

    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 iCloud services; 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) - Model Identifier 7,1 or later

             2. MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer) - Model Identifier 5,1 or later

             3. MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer) - Model Identifier 3,1 or later

             4. MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer) - Model Identifier 2,1 or later

             5. Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer) - Model Identifier 3,1 or later

             6. Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer) - Model Identifier 3,1 or later

             7. Xserve (Early 2009) - Model Identifier 3,1 or later

     

    To find the model identifier open System Profiler in the Utilities folder. It's displayed in the panel on the right.

     

         Are my applications compatible?

     

             See App Compatibility Table - RoaringApps.

     

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

  • 4. Re: how can i upgrade my iMAC OS X 10.4.8 version to 10.7 ? Not so computer literate
    stevejobsfan0123 Level 7 Level 7 (32,315 points)

    Also, is Lion better than the Slow Leopard?

    There's nothing slow about it

     

    Anyway, you can go from 10.4 to 10.6 (Snow Leopard, see Kappy's link to purchase). Snow Leopard, after it is updated to 10.6.8, will provide you with access to the Mac App Store which is used to purchase later versions. Your computer will be compatible with Lion. It does offer many improvements including iCloud, Launchpad and more.