6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 16, 2012 8:59 PM by John Galt
CP Railroader Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I tried to download a free game from App store but it says i can't because i don't have Mac os x 10.7 on my laptop. I didn't know there was an upgrade to the system I had now. I assume this is something additional I have to buy??? Thanks...

 

Rob


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  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (252,285 points)

    Upgrading to Snow Leopard, Lion, or Mountain Lion

     

    Upgrading to Snow Leopard

     

    You can purchase Snow Leopard by contacting Customer Service: Contacting Apple for support and service - this includes international calling numbers. The price is $19.99 plus tax. You will receive physical media - DVD - by mail.

     

    Third-party sources for Snow Leopard are:

     

    Snow Leopard from Amazon.com

    Snow Leopard from eBay

     

    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.

     

    Before upgrading check that you computer meets the minimum 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 MobileMe service; fees and terms apply.

     

    Upgrading to Lion

     

    First, you need to upgrade to Snow Leopard 10.6.8 as stated above.

     

    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.

     

    Before upgrading check that you computer meets the minimum requirements:

     

    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

     

    Be sure your computer meets the minimum requirements:

     

    Apple - OS X Mountain Lion - Read the technical specifications.

     

    Macs that can be upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion

     

      1. iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)

      2. MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)

      3. MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)

      4. MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)

      5. Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)

      6. Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)

      7. Xserve (Early 2009)

     

    Are my applications compatible?

     

    See App Compatibility Table - RoaringApps - App compatibility and feature support for OS X & iOS.

     

    Am I eligible for the free upgrade?

     

    See Apple - Free OS X Mountain Lion upgrade Program.

     

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

  • John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (40,970 points)

    To upgrade from OS X 10.5.8, you must first buy Snow Leopard by calling the phone number in the Apple Online Store: 800-MY-APPLE (in the US). Snow Leopard costs $20, or $30 for a five user license. Do not obtain Snow Leopard from any source other than Apple.


    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

     

    If your system does not support Mountain Lion's requirements, you may be able to upgrade to Lion. To do that you must call Apple again 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

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (274,135 points)

    Purchase Mac OS X 10.8 from the Mac App Store. If you get an error message saying it's not compatible and your computer has a Core 2 Duo(not Core Duo) CPU, phone the online Apple Store and order a download code for it.

     

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  • CP Railroader Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the help everyone. Now the big question is whether or not Mountain Lion is worth the $20. Any feedback in that regard. Am I getting something better than the Snow Leopard system I have now??? Thanks...

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (252,285 points)

    Only you can answer that question. This is not the venue for discussing the pros and cons of OS X.

  • John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (40,970 points)

    CP Railroader wrote:

     

    ... Am I getting something better than the Snow Leopard system I have now???

     

     

    If you are seeking opinions, I have Snow Leopard, Lion and ML and have used every version of OS X and the Mac OS that preceded it. I could use any of them, but I prefer ML.

     

    It took time for me to adjust to most major OS X upgrades. I never liked any of them initially, but I would not want to go back. It probably takes me about a month to get used to things so I recommend you allow yourself at least that much.

     

    If you have a desktop get a Magic Trackpad. Mountain Lion is build around gestures, much like the iPad. You could continue to use a mouse, you can even use both at the same time if you want to, but without a Magic Trackpad you will be missing a lot of how the user interface is designed to work. I cannot tolerate using a traditional PC style trackpad any more; I almost find it repulsive.

     

    Some MacBooks cannot use all the Magic Trackpad gestures. Research that first.

     

    If you have old PowerPC apps they will require Snow Leopard. Research that too.

     

    Do not upgrade without a reversion plan. In other words archive your existing system using Carbon Copy Cloner or the equivalent. This is the only practicable way to undo an upgrade decision, and will decrease the probability of changing your mind.

     

    OS X upgrades used to cost on the order of $100 - $120. Apple could charge that much for ML and I'd eagerly pay it.