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HT1338 OS 10.5.8 to OS 10.7

453 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Oct 27, 2012 2:54 PM by Klaus1 RSS
ajenks22 Calculating status...
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Oct 27, 2012 2:12 PM

I can't seem to update my software. When I click on the Apple and select About This Mac, it shows that I have 10.5.8 installed. Then I select Software Update and it says all software is up to date. Obviously it's not.


I need to update my iTunes software, but it requires an operating system update. I went to and downloaded 10.7, but it says I need 10.6.8 or newer.


How do I get from 10.5.8 to 10.6.8 so that I can get to the most current OS X?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,820 points)
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    Oct 27, 2012 2:14 PM (in response to ajenks22)

    If you're using an Intel Mac, phone the online Apple Store, order a Mac OS X 10.6 DVD, install it, and run Software Update. It isn't necessary to install anything newer than that to run iTunes 10.7.



  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,425 points)
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    Oct 27, 2012 2:54 PM (in response to ajenks22)

    Start by checking if you can run Snow Leopard:


    Requirements for OS X 10.6 'Snow Leopard'



    Whilst Apple have withdrawn Snow Leopard from their stores, you can still get it from Apple by calling 1-800-MY-APPLE (if you are in the USA) and they will supply the SL DVD for $20 for a single user, or $30 for a family pack that covers up to 5 Macs.  You can also purchase the code to use to download Lion from the same number (Lion requires an Intel-based Mac with a Core 2 Duo, i3, i5, i7 or Xeon processor and 2GB of RAM, running the latest version of Snow Leopard), or you can purchase Mountain Lion from the App Store - if you can run that:



    If you are outside the US call your national Apple Helpline:



    If you're in the UK, use this number: 0871 508 4400


    When you have installed it, run Software Update to download and install the latest updates for Snow Leopard.


    To use iCloud you have to upgrade all the way to Mountain Lion:



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