Clarification question - if your wife is using a MacBook with Boot Camp, where is the PC part coming in? She can run Mavericks on the same MacBook as the Boot Camp partition.
You are welcome.
Check that your computer is compatible with Mountain Lion/Mavericks.
To check the model number hold down the option/alt key, go to the Apple menu and select System Information (may be called something else in 10.5).
- MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer) model number 5,1 or higher
- MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer) model number 3,1 or higher
- MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer) model number 2,1 or higher
Your Mac needs:
If your computer isn’t compatible, you might be able to upgrade to Lion.
- OS X v10.6.8 or OS X Lion already installed
- 2 GB or more of memory (More is better - 4 GB minimum seems to be the consensus)
- 8 GB or more of available space
Check to make sure your applications are compatible. PowerPC applications are no longer supported after 10.6.
You will need to get Snow Leopard. Snow Leopard Purchase
Once you have Snow Leopard, boot off the Snow Leopard DVD, run Disk Utility Repair Disk and Repair Permissions, Then erase the entire hard drive (top one in Disk Utility) formatting it as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Install Snow Leopard and update using Software Update to 10.6.8. The combo update will shorten the process.
Then go to the App Store and download Mavericks. I would quit the installer and make a copy of the installer and move it out of your Applications folder. The installer self-destructs. The copy will keep you from having to download the installer again. You can make a bootable USB stick to install using this free program.
That should get you to Mavericks.
If you want/need more RAM the 2 places I’ve seen recommended most to buy reliable RAM are below. I have purchased RAM several times from Other World Computing and have always been very satisfied with the product and service.
Thank you again Eric,
Yes, but I'm all set on 10.9 installation. My question is how to migrate all data in her BootCamp (Vista) after 10.9 installation.
1) Should I use MS Windows backup (to external drive)?
2) Does Apple migration process (after 10.9 installation) recognize this MS bakup (external drive) to migrate?
3) Or can I backup her data to external drive using Apple Windows migration tool?