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Feb 10, 2013 9:31 AM

Hello,

 

I have a 2009 15" MacBook Pro. I have not upgraded my operating system for some time, and I was just wondering how I upgrade to Mountain Lion. I tried to follow online instructions, but I wanted to know if I have to download the Snow Leopard as well, and cost for each of these. I also read somewhere here in the forums that certain programs will not be compatible, such as Microsoft Office. I have 2008 Microsoft Office- would this be affected so that I have to buy new Microsoft Office?

 

Thank you.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 7 Level 7 (30,490 points)
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    Feb 10, 2013 9:33 AM (in response to npergas)

    2008 Office will work fine.

     

    Yes, you need Snow Leopard: http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard

     

    It ships as version 10.6.3. If you run Software Update, update it to 10.6.8, and you should have access to the Mac App Store. This is used to download later versions of the OS. Just open the App Store and search "Mountain Lion."

     

    Both are $20.

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,815 points)
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    Feb 10, 2013 9:34 AM (in response to npergas)

    To upgrade to Snow Leopard you have to call Apple at 1-800-MY-APPLE and order the SL disk for $20.  Install and on-line upgrade to 10.6.8.  Check to see you are on the ML compatible list at http://www.apple.com/osx/specs and then login to the Mac App Store and purchase ML for $20, download and install.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)
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    Feb 10, 2013 9:35 AM (in response to npergas)

    Office 2008 is compatible but an upgrade to Office 2011 would be warranted.

     

    You cannot download Snow Leopard as you will see below.

     

    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.

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 7 Level 7 (30,490 points)
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    Feb 10, 2013 9:37 AM (in response to Ralph Landry1)

    Ralph, just an FYI: Snow Leopard is still on Apple's online store: http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,065 points)
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    Feb 10, 2013 9:38 AM (in response to npergas)

    To determine if your Office apps will work with Mountain Lion, make sure they are either Intel or Universal. Click one of the Office icons in the Finder and then choose Get Info from the File menu. If the "Type" is "Application (PowerPC)" then it will not work with Lion or Mountain Lion. Office 2008 should be OK.

     

    To upgrade from OS X 10.5.8, you must first buy Snow Leopard.

     

    Online (US): http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard

    Online (UK): http://store.apple.com/uk/product/MC573/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard

    Elsewhere: call the phone number in the Apple Online Store

     

    Apple's price is $19.99 or £14.00. It is not available to download from any legitimate source.

     

     

    Make sure your system meets Snow Leopard's requirements:

     

    Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" System Requirements

     

    To install Snow Leopard for the first time, you must have a Mac with:

     

    • An Intel processor
    • An internal or external DVD drive, or DVD or CD Sharing
    • At least 1 GB of memory (RAM) (additional RAM is recommended)
    • A built-in display or a display connected to an Apple-supplied video card supported by your computer
    • At least 5 GB of disk space available, or 7 GB of disk space if you install the developer tools

     


    After you install Snow Leopard you can decide if you want to upgrade OS X to the latest version, Mountain Lion. Mountain Lion is available in the Mac App Store, which is available to you after upgrading to Snow Leopard.


     

    Make sure your system meets the requirements for Mountain Lion:


    Mac OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" System Requirements

     

    To install Mountain Lion, you need one of these Macs:

     

     

    • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
    • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
    • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
    • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
    • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
    • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
    • Xserve (Early 2009)

    Your Mac needs:

    • OS X v10.6.8 or OS X Lion already installed
    • 2 GB or more of memory (RAM)
    • 8 GB or more of available hard disk space

     

    a brody's Mountain Lion upgrade summary, which contains more detail than the above: https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-3761

     


    If your system does not support Mountain Lion's requirements, you may be able to upgrade to Lion. To do that you must phone Apple to order a download code. Redeem the download code in the App Store to download Lion.



    Make sure your system meets the requirements for Lion:

     

    Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" System Requirements

     

    • Mac with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon CPU
      • Core Duo CPUs are not sufficient for Lion
    • 2GB of memory (RAM)
    • OS X v10.6.6 or later (v10.6.8 recommended)

     

     


    To determine which Mac you have, what kind of CPU it uses, and how much memory is installed:  > About this Mac

     

    The specified 2 GB minimum is barely adequate for either Lion or ML. They will run in 2 GB but you may not like its performance. 4 GB is a more realistic minimum.


    MacBooks  iMacs  iPads  AirPorts, OS X Mountain Lion,  28 years Apple!
  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,815 points)
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    Feb 10, 2013 9:38 AM (in response to stevejobsfan0123)

    Thanks, I thought it had been taken off and only available by telephone.

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 7 Level 7 (30,490 points)
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    Feb 10, 2013 9:40 AM (in response to Ralph Landry1)

    It was, for a while .

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)
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    Feb 10, 2013 10:24 AM (in response to npergas)

    Select About This Mac under the Apple menu in the left side of the menubar. It will show how much RAM is installed.

     

    Select the hard drive icon on your Desktop. Press COMMAND-I to open the Get Info window. In the topmost pane you will see the particulars about your hard drive: capacity, used, and free space.

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