Can you upgrade to Mavericks from Lion?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by The Clark, Aug 9, 2015.

  1. The Clark macrumors regular

    The Clark

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    My girlfriends brother is offering to sell me his 2013 Macbook Air for a ridiculously low price and it's in great condition but it's currently running Mountain Lion and I would want to use Mavericks on it. I am a little worried because I don't think you can upgrade directly from Lion to Mavericks, am I correct? I'm pretty sure if I update the OS it would have to be to Yosemite. Can anyone confirm this?

    Thank you
     
  2. ocabj macrumors 6502a

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    Just boot from a Mavericks install disk (dmg -> USB drive) upgrade (or clean install).

    But any reason why you don't want to just run Yosemite? My mid-2009 13" MBP runs Yosemite just fine (8GB RAM, SSD).
     
  3. The Clark thread starter macrumors regular

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    Using it on my primary Macbook at the moment so I just want something different.

    I'm not sure where to get an ISO of Mavericks.. aren't they really hard to obtain and isn't there a certain installer I need or something?
     
  4. motrek macrumors 68020

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    Out of curiosity, why wouldn't you want to use Yosemite on it?
     
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    Unless you previously "purchased" Mavericks under your AppleID and have it listed under your Purchased tab in the App Store app, you won't be able to legally obtain Mavericks. If it is in your purchased list you can just click the do download it.
     
  6. The Clark thread starter macrumors regular

    The Clark

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    well this is my lucky day! So once I download it where can I find it?
     
  7. Significant1 macrumors 6502

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    It will place an installer-app in launchpad/Application Folder. The install button in MAS will also change to Open, if already installed.
     
  8. stillone macrumors member

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    I am running Yosemite on a late 2010 Air with no issues whatsoever. Running it on a 2015 model to me is a no brainer. I just wish Apple would give me a reason to purchase a new unit.
     
  9. The Clark thread starter macrumors regular

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    So how would I take that app and launch it onto the macbook air? Can I just transfer it to a USB and boot from that?
     
  10. Significant1 macrumors 6502

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    It contains a command line tool to create an Bootable usb installer. Se Apple's guide here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201372
     
  11. The Clark thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks for that link, I've decided to buy it off him tomorrow :)
     

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