3 Replies Latest reply: Jun 3, 2013 2:19 PM by Kappy
ROBERT30809 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Want to upgrade my Mac from 10.5  TO 10.6 (NOW)  and possibly higher in the future if all runs well

((Q)).......Will I loose any license keys or activation codes?

For downloaded software already installed on my system? like

Adobe Creative Suite ( dont have disc avail anymore)

Microsoft Office Suite (no disc avail anymore)

and a few that are not in business anymore, Have program that  was an online download and activated from their servers. they went out of business 3 years ago , And i use this program quite often. Don't want to loose access


Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (257,850 points)

    Depends entirely on the actual software itself. Updating OS X does not touch anything in your Home folder. It only updates system files. The best way to protect yourself from possible loss of data is to make a backup of your system just prior to upgrading.

     

    Keep in mind that some of your older software may no longer work with Snow Leopard or later. You may need to get upgrades for that software.

     

    Use the following to help you with your upgrade decisions.

     

    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 can 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.

  • ROBERT30809 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    thank you ,

    so back up will save everthing i need if upgrade requires activation keys, correct?

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (257,850 points)

    It will save all that can be saved. Some applications do not leave the registration info on the disk, and they may require that it be re-entered each time you change the installed system.