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I have 10.6.8 but I am "up to date." What about Lion10.7?

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Christine Altieri Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
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Feb 18, 2014 6:17 PM

If I purchased my computer in Oct. 2010, will I be able to upgrade to whatever version is out for 2014?  I just clicked "abouto this mac" and then "software update."  It says I am up to date but I have 10.6.8.  How can I ever get to 10.7 or whatever new version is out there now?   I am lost!!  I am asking now after all this time because I was trying to get hooked up to work from home and ran into problems with Java and Citrix.  Is there another way besides clicking on the apple logo in the upper left corner?  Thank you!!

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,570 points)

    Open the Mac App Store and try downloading Mavericks. If you get told it's incompatible, choose About this Mac from the Apple menu, check if the computer has at least a Xeon or Core 2 Duo(not Core Duo) CPU and 2GB of RAM, and if it does, click here and order a download code for Lion 10.7.



    Back up your data before upgrading. Mac OS X 10.7 and newer don't support PowerPC programs such as Microsoft Office 2004 or earlier.



  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)

    Upgrading from Snow Leopard to Lion or Mavericks


    To upgrade to Mavericks you must have Snow Leopard 10.6.8, Lion, or Mountain Lion installed. Purchase and download Mavericks (Free) from the App Store. Sign in using your Apple ID. The file is quite large, over 5 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 Mavericks- System Requirements


           Macs that can be upgraded to OS X Mavericks


             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.


    Upgrading to Lion


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


    You can purchase Lion at the Online Apple Store. 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.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,010 points) offers an alternative which may be available as well.  But be sure to backup your data before doing anything:



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