Can I redeem and download os x 10.7 or 10.8 on a mbp came with 10.11?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by mxj, Nov 26, 2016.

  1. mxj macrumors newbie

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    As I can't find older versions of os x in this mbp's mac app store.
    Thanks.
     
  2. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    No, the App Store will not let you download a older OS than your Mac will support. It is probably because the installer app automatically starts after the download.
     
  3. TheBacklash macrumors 6502

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    When I got my 15" MBP last week, on the app store I could see in my purchase history all the installers back to 10.7
    Granted I didn't try and download them at all..

    So before posting this I decided to try and download 10.7 for the heck of it.

    [​IMG]
    So no.. you can't even download it. I did have the downloads saved to create USB installs, but decided to delete them since I honestly never used them. I think I have mavericks/Yosemite still though on a backup HD.
     
  4. mxj thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So one can't download older os in newer os, no matter can the older os be redeemed or not, older hardware with older software will works.
    Thank you TheBacklash and CoastalOR.
     
  5. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    Yes & No. OS download is tied to the Mac hardware, not the current running OS. The downloading of a older OS is tied to if the Mac hardware can run the older OS. I have Yosemite (10.10.5) running on a 2011 MBP (originally shipped with 10.7). I can download the OS 10.8 installer from the Purchased history in the App Store to my 2011 MBP, but not to my Mid 2015 MBP (it only supports as low as OS 10.10).
     
  6. mxj thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok, I think a MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012) shipped with 10.7 can get 10.8 even after updated to 10.9 +, but a MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012) shipped with 10.9 + can not. It could be correct.
    Thank you.
     
  7. chrfr macrumors 603

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    You'll be able to download 10.8 on any mid-2012 MacBook Pro, regardless of what OS came on that computer. The mid-2012 models can all run 10.8 even if they shipped with 10.9 or later.
     
  8. mxj thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I found an article "macOS versions and builds included with Mac computers" at https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204319, and it could be sure os x with original and later version(s) could be got on a specific mac. Thank you.
     
  9. akadafni macrumors regular

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    Don't think so. If you go to Internet Recovery and erase the MacHD and then reinstall OS it would only allow you to reinstall what the device shipped with.
     
  10. chrfr macrumors 603

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    I wasn't talking about internet recovery, but rather downloading and/or redeeming installers from the App Store.
     
  11. mxj thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you, you're saying a fact that isn't being talked about in this thread, I'd not like to do it on an old machine with poor internet connection.
     

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