13 Replies Latest reply: Nov 22, 2013 4:46 AM by Technofobe1
mpsue Level 1 (0 points)

I am trying to update 10.6.8 to OSX 10.8.4 (if that is the latest version) and now it is telling me I must first upgrade to 10.7.  Do I have to upgrade to each of the updates individually before gaining the ability to download 10.8.4?  Thanks very much for any help!  Marsha

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Niel Level 10 (298,252 points)

    You need to buy 10.8.4 from the Mac App Store, which will check that the system's compatible before allowing the purchase. No intermediate upgrades are required.



  • The hatter Level 9 (60,930 points)

    When attempting to download OS X Mountain Lion from the Mac App Store on certain Macs that shipped with OS X Mountain Lion preinstalled

    If your Mac does not meet the system requirements for OS X Mountain Lion

    If you are trying to reinstall OS X, please use the steps in this article: OS X: About OS X Recovery.

    If you are trying to update OS X to a later version, see this article.



  • mpsue Level 1 (0 points)

    This is the message I receive when clicking on the icon to instal:

    Alert - This update requires OS X version 10.8

    Help and thanks again for your help!!

  • Niel Level 10 (298,252 points)

    It needs to be bought from the Mac App Store. Apple's support site contains free updaters for people running an older version of 10.8 and not paid upgrades for people running 10.7.5 or earlier.



  • mpsue Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks - I did buy it from the apple store and will check the free updaters.

  • mpsue Level 1 (0 points)

    I am still receiving the same message -

    Alert - This update requires OS X version 10.8 


    And I cannot find the articles referred to in the above response. Help!

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 9 (56,466 points)

    If you have bought the US$20 Mac OS X 10.8 download, it takes the better part of an hour just to download, then begins to Install after that. There will be at least one Restart involved. You cannot update until the base software has successfully installed.

  • grpsy Level 1 (0 points)

    When I try to buy it at the App Store, it says "The item you've requested is not currently available in the U.S. store."...

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 9 (56,466 points)

    cannot find the articles referred to in the above response

    Each text above in BLUE is a link, which can be clicked on to get you right to the article mentioned.

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 9 (56,466 points)



    As of about Noon Pacific time today, the current version of Mac OS X for sale in the Mac App store is 10.9 Mavericks.


    Its price is --FREE--

  • Josh Demello Level 1 (0 points)

    I have 10.6.8 I click on my "About this Mac" and on software update it says im fully up to date, so how do you get 10.8.4???


    Do you buy it? if so where from? I search for it in the app store and it says "Your search had no results"


    Do you need to buy Mountain Lion first? If so where from in the UK?

  • plaidflannel Level 1 (0 points)

    Two days ago (November 1, 2013), I upgraded my Mac Mini from 10.6 to 10.8. I bought Mountain Lion two days before that as a download ($19.99) from the Apple store at http://store.apple.com/us/product/D6377Z/A/os-x-mountain-lion . It was a bit tedious to do so—I had to enter my Apple ID and password six times on six different pages before I could check out.


    The next day I got a redemption code that I could use with the App Store application to start the download. It took just over seven hours, but I live in a rural area where broadband is not available.


    The installer expected 10.6.8 to be on the disk; mine was an earlier version. So I had to apply all the Snow Leopard updates. Then the Mountain Lion installation succeeded.

  • Technofobe1 Level 1 (0 points)



    Im having the same problem. I'm not used to Mac's and have only borrowed this off my cousin so I can send my new app through to app store. I don't know how to update from 10.6.8 to 10.8.4, you say buy it from the store but when I click on it, it does not give me the option to buy it just starts downloading. I don't want to download it because then it will say I need to download the earlier versions and so on.

    Surely there must be a simple way.


    Please help!! Thank you.