Do I have to upgrade to El Capitan?

codger

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Oct 15, 2015
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Hi,
I presently have Mavericks 10.9.5 on my iMac. Do I have to update to El Capitan or can I just go to Yosemite first?

Thanks
 

Ebenezum

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Mar 31, 2015
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Hi,
I presently have Mavericks 10.9.5 on my iMac. Do I have to update to El Capitan or can I just go to Yosemite first?

Thanks
I am curious is there a specific reason you want to upgrade?

Mavericks is supported with security updates so there is no rush to upgrade...
 

c8rlo

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Sep 1, 2015
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FL
Hi,
I presently have Mavericks 10.9.5 on my iMac. Do I have to update to El Capitan or can I just go to Yosemite first?

Thanks
you can always try it out and if you don't like it you can always go back to Mavericks.
 

bobr1952

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Strange as it is--or at least strange to me--my early-2008 iMac with 2GB of RAM is running better and faster now with El Capitan than it was with Mavericks--go figure. No clean install--just update from Mavericks--smooth as silk.
 

colodane

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Nov 11, 2012
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..as long as you remember to switch Time Machine OFF before upgrading so Cappy doesn't have a chance to "upgrade" your backups making them impossible to use under Mavericks.
That is interesting. Can you (or someone else) please expand on this?

What exactly do you mean by "upgrade" the backups? Does just the app data change, or is the entire OS of the backups changed to El Capitan?

I use Time Machine, but am new to the OS upgrade process. So am interested in learning about how they interact.

Thanks!
 

navaira

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May 28, 2015
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I don't know how exactly this works from the technical point of view. But once you make a TM backup with a newer operating system, the older system version refuses to read it as incompatible. So when I was installing Cappy beta, I switched Time Machine off BEFORE install (so that it had no chance whatsoever of making a Cappy backup).