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JessBennet Level 1 (0 points)

Basically my question is in my title. I have Mac OS X 10.5.8 right now and I have one of the old really white macbook laptops and I am wondering step by step how do I update all the way to Mac OS X 10.6.8 in order to download iTunes 10.7? (Ps. I already clicked on the Apple symbol on the top left part of my screen and clicked "Software Update'' but it says I am up to date, which clearly is not right)

 

Thank You


MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Niel Level 10 (298,740 points)

    Phone the online Apple Store and order a Mac OS X 10.6 DVD.

     

    (70778)

  • roaminggnome Level 10 (95,057 points)

    Purchase 10.6.

     

    Intall 10.6

  • JessBennet Level 1 (0 points)

    10.6 snow leopard or 10.6 mountain lion? which would run better for an older macbook laptop?

  • Allan Eckert Level 9 (50,721 points)

    10.6 = Snow Leopard

    10.7 = Lion

    10.8 = Mountain Lion

     

    If you have one of the older MacBook, you had better check to be sure how far it can be upgraded first.

     

    Allan

  • JessBennet Level 1 (0 points)

    ah thank you, but what do I have to do in order to check how far it can be upgraded?

  • AnaMusic Level 9 (57,110 points)

    JessBennet wrote:

     

    ... I already clicked on the Apple symbol on the top left part of my screen and clicked "Software Update'' but it says I am up to date, which clearly is not right)

    ...

     

    It is Correct for your Current OS = Leopard = 10.5.8

     

     

    The first step in Upgrading... is to Snow Leopard = OS X 10.6.x

     

    It is Not available as a download...

     

    Do this first...

     

    Check that your Mac meets the System Requirements for Snow Leopard...

     

    Snow Leopard Tech Specs

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/SP575

     

    If so Contact Apple in your Country to Purchase a Snow Leopard Disc...

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HE57

     

    In the US...

    1-800-MY-APPLE or 1-800-676-2775

     

     

    After the Successful Install, run Software Update to get the latest updates for Snow Leopard.

     

     

    Be sure to make a Backup of your Current System Before Upgrading...

  • Allan Eckert Level 9 (50,721 points)

    Compare the hardware in your MacBook to the hardware requirements to run the newer versions of OS X.

     

    See AnaMusic's post below for a link to the requirements for Snow Leopard.

     

    Allan

  • JessBennet Level 1 (0 points)

    how do I make a back up of my current system?

  • AnaMusic Level 9 (57,110 points)

    Get yourself an External Hard Drive... and create a Bootable Clone Backup of your current Hard Drive...

     

     

    By far the easiest way to make such a Backup, is to use something like

     

    SuperDuper  http://www.shirt-pocket.com/

     

    or CCC  http://www.bombich.com/

     

     

    That way, should anything untoward happen during the Upgrade,

     

    you will NOT LOSE ANYTHING.

     

     

    (Get an EHD that is at least equal to your current Drive...)

  • JessBennet Level 1 (0 points)

    Okay thank you, so let me get this straight:

     

    1.Call and buy "Snow Leopard 10.6"

    2.Install Snow Leopard 10.6

    3.Make a backup of my current system before upgrading from 10.6 to 10.6.(?) (whatever the newest software update is)

     

    Am I correct?

  • Limnos Level 8 (47,342 points)

    1) Make sure your computer meets Snow Leopard technical specifications - http://support.apple.com/kb/SP575  This mostly means making sure it is an Intel Mac and has at least 1GB RAM (more is recommended)

     

    2) Apple no longer carries 10.6 in its stores or online. Telephone Apple to purchase a Snow Leopard disc. In the USA: (800) 676-2775 (contact information for other countries: http://support.apple.com/kb/HE57)

    Alternatively you can buy from online retailers but expect to pay much more than the original price which is the price still charged by Apple

     

    3) Backing up your computer before upgrading is always a good idea.

     

    4) After installing from the DVD, update your Snow Leopard installation using Software Update or manually downloading and installing the Mac OS X 10.6.8 Update Combo v.1.1 - http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1399

  • AnaMusic Level 9 (57,110 points)

    JessBennet wrote:

     

    ...

    3.Make a backup of my current system before upgrading from 10.6 to 10.6.(?) (whatever the newest software update is)

     

    Am I correct?

     

    No, what I mean is... Make a Backup of your Current OSX 10.5.8 System Before starting the Upgrade process...

  • JessBennet Level 1 (0 points)

    okay, and i'm reading alot of reviews about both Mountain Lion and Snow Leopard, which one is better?

  • AnaMusic Level 9 (57,110 points)

    JessBennet wrote:

     

    ...  I have one of the old really white macbook laptops...

     

    To Upgrade to Mountain Lion... Your Mac must be one of the following models:

    • 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)
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