Best way to update to OS X 10.8?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by desertman, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. desertman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 14, 2008
    Arizona, USA

    I have been asked to update a friend's MacBook Air from OS X 10.6 to OS X 10.8. As far as I know such an update is directly possible, without having to update to OS X 10.7 first.

    I have OS X 10.8 on a bootable/installable USB stick and would like to spare me the download.

    How do I do this best? Can I just buy the update through the App Store but never download it and use the USB stick instead, or will my friend in such a case always be reminded that he bought something that he never downloaded?

    Greetings - desertman
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    You can got straight from 10.6 to 10.8.

    Just have him make the app store purchase then stop the DL as soon as it begins. Then use your USB key to update him. That will work fine.

    If he ever needs to reinstall he will be prompted for an AppleID, and he can just enter his own that he used for the purchase and it will work.
  3. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    Weasel, you are always so helpful.

    Come to my house and show Mrs. Krazy Bill how to work the stove please. :(
  4. desertman thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 14, 2008
    Arizona, USA
    Worked great and painlessly. Thanks.

    Now everything is fine - except for Notes not syncing between Mac and iPhone (and this was the main reason for updating to OS X 10.8.

    I started a new thread for this:

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