Can I upgrade if I am still using 10.5.8?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by novella, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. novella macrumors newbie

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    I never upgraded to Snow Leopard, I was wondering if i could upgrade to Lion OSX even though I am still using 10.5.8?
     
  2. celticpride678

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    I don't think you'll be able to directly upgrade.
     
  3. novella thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So how will I upgrade? Will I have to buy the disk version?
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    Nope, apple has been forthright in stating that you can only buy 10.7 through the app store and the App store is only available on Snow Leopard
     
  5. novella thread starter macrumors newbie

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  6. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    The option is to buy Snow Leopard the buy Lion. There is no option to skip an OS upgrade.
     
  7. simsaladimbamba

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    There is the option to buy the 29 USD version of Snow Leopard, then upgrade it to the latest version of it (10.6.8) and then buy Lion via the App Store for 29 USD.
    http://www.apple.com/macosx/how-to-buy/
     
  8. keekl macrumors regular

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    Find the $29 Snow Leopard, install, then upgrade? I have the same sort issue here...
     
  9. maflynn Moderator

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    Yes, that's the only option. Not ideal and somewhat un-apple like.
     
  10. novella thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wow so I have to spend £70 just to upgrade to lion.

    So ridiculous.
     
  11. simsaladimbamba

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    Actually, you only have to spend 47£.

    26£ + 21£
     
  12. novella thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I thought the whole point of mac upgrades was that you could pick if you wanted to download it or not, and now they are saying for lion Imhave to buy snow leopard just so I can upgrade to lion?
     
  13. simsaladimbamba

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    Yes, they are saying that in plain grey on white. As they only distribute Lion via the Mac App Store, and the Mac App Store does only work on Macs with Mac OS X 10.6.6 and higher, that is your only option.
    Unless you go the illegal route.
     
  14. novella thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Still, the principle is annoying.
    I would rather just upgrade the lion straight but instead I have to do a pointless upgrade to snow leopard.
     
  15. simsaladimbamba

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    You only have to do it once, as the download includes a DMG you can burn to a DVD or clone to an external HDD or USB flash memory thumb drive, from which you then can install Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

    Btw, to edit your posts, you can use the [​IMG] button.
     
  16. mnsportsgeek macrumors 65816

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    You guys have really gotten cheap... A couple years ago we were paying $100 to upgrade from 10.4 to 10.5. Now apple has made it so that you can upgrade from 10.X to 10.7 for $60. You don't think that's why they priced lion at $30? If they released it on disk so that anyone could use it it would have been $100... Suck it up.
     
  17. rorschach macrumors 68020

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    It used to be that Apple never sold "upgrade" discs. All retail OS X discs were the full version and that's why you could skip versions (go from 10.2 to 10.4, for example). But those cost $129 (except for 10.1, which was free).

    $60 is a very cheap price for an OS upgrade compared to the prices of previous versions of OS X and Windows.
     
  18. Tutorer macrumors member

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    You could get Lion from someone else, install it, and then buy it via the Appstore. Technically you would not need it any more, but you would legalize your installation that way.

    Well, I'm not a lawyer, but that's how I see it.
     
  19. Cougarcat macrumors 604

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    Or find a friend with a SL mac and download it there. Copy it to a flash drive.

    The Apple Store might even let you do this.
     
  20. rmbrown09 macrumors 6502a

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    If you purchase Lion (or get it some other way) and download the installer on say a friends Mac. Open package contents and extract the DMG to a disk or USB, you can clean install Lion without going through Snow Leopard.

    Problem Solved.
     
  21. Cougarcat macrumors 604

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    Pretty sure you can also upgrade from Leopard to Lion.
     
  22. rmbrown09 macrumors 6502a

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    well if you want to feel like a 1337 }{@ck3r use my way :)
     
  23. Stuipdboy1000 macrumors 6502a

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    Upgrading to Snow Leopard then to Lion is probably the easiest option. If you look on eBay, you can find copies of SL for under £10.
     
  24. novella thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the help everyone, i guess i'll just have to buy SL!
     
  25. Icy1007 macrumors 6502a

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    Good choice. TBH you should have gotten SL years ago.
     

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