Cant download El Capitan Installer anymore

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by thewolfro, Sep 29, 2016.

  1. thewolfro macrumors member

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    Hi Guys,

    I have two macbook pros. One is 13-inch, Late 2011 and the other is RMBP 15-inch Early 2013.
    I tried to download El Capitan from app store and first thing i noticed was that in every store i checked (diffrent countries) El Capitan could not be found. Finally i did a search on apple website and i came across this link : https://itunes.apple.com/app/os-x-el-capitan/id1147835434?mt=12 and i could see an "Get" option but when i click it, it says: "This version of OS X 10.11 cannot be installed on this computer."

    This is very strange because both laptops should be supported for El Capitan.

    Is there any other way to download the El Capitan installer? I want to mention that i never had El Capitan running before so the file is not in my purchased list. I want the installer because i want to make a clean install on my mac pro 5.1 that i just bought and i just don't want to go and install Sierra (i am not an early adopter of software).

    Thanks!
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    If Apple will not provide you with a legal way to download El Capitan… well… you'll just have to seek it out from "other sources"…. (polite cough)
     
  3. hallux macrumors 68020

    hallux

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    This link was posted in another thread on here.

    Upgrade to OS X El Capitan - Apple Support

    As both your Macs are supported by Sierra, you may not be able to use the link in that article but it's worth a shot.
     
  4. thewolfro thread starter macrumors member

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    That's the link i tried already :( i really don't onderstaand why apple is doing such BS to people that want to use 1 year old software.
     
  5. lapinbrim macrumors newbie

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    I agree. I have a slew of apps that have not been vetted against Siera, I cannot afford to waste time by potentially running into bugs.
     
  6. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    The solution (I realize it doesn't help the OP right now) is to maintain a long-term "archive" of ALL Apple installer software that you can "reach back into" at a moment of need. I maintain a separate drive partition for just this purpose.

    Otherwise, the only way to get ahold of a copy of the El Cap installer may involve accessing it via "unauthorized channels".

    I have no qualms about doing so when I can't get something "the authorized way". If Apple won't be reasonable about obtaining earlier versions of its OS and other software, I'll find them as I can.

    Whether YOU wish to do so… is up to you.
     
  7. hallux macrumors 68020

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    I agree with @Fishrrman In fact, I currently have USB drives for installation of Yosemite, El Capitan and Sierra, plus the files to build the drive for all 3 of those plus Mavericks and I can get the file for Mountain Lion if I don't still have it cached on one of my systems.

    Not that I've had a NEED for them, but I guess I'm just a digital packrat like that...
     
  8. Brammy macrumors 65816

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    I just downloaded El Cap to remake my USB installer on Monday. I'm *pretty* sure the error message is something along the lines of "You can't install that version of OS X because you are running a newer version" with a dialog box to "download anyway."
     
  9. Decimotox macrumors 6502a

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    I think the trick for most folks is to at least download the newest releases every year from the App Store just to have - don't need to update then and there, just download them and have them attached to your Apple ID. This even plays into Fisherman's point of keeping a backlog of all OS releases. If you download from the App Store, you'll always have the OS in your "purchases" tab.

    I'm on a 2010 MBP and am on the last El Cap release. Don't want to update to Sierra yet.
     

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