Downgrade to Snow Leopard

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by praetorx, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. praetorx macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2010
    Will Snow Leopard install on a late 2011 MBP?
    I don't like Lion that much and would like to go "back" to the good old Snow Leo.
    Has anone done this on a late 2011 MBP? Thanks!
  2. BrickbookPro macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2011
    What don't you like about Lion?
  3. praetorx thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2010
    I don't like the little things: the new loading progress bar, the "full screen" windows, the scroll bars (I HATE them)...
  4. miker2209 macrumors regular


    Jan 2, 2010
    You'll eventually have to upgrade and live with lion sooner or later why not get used to it now? We know it still has alot of things to fix and sort out, but hey it's only the second upgrade. Give it some time :)
  5. BrickbookPro macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2011
    Most of that you can just not use or get over it. Snow leopard probably will run on it, but you'll have to switch eventually. Additionally, you'd have to buy SL.


    We? Speak for yourself. I and many others have had no issues.
  6. miker2209 macrumors regular


    Jan 2, 2010
    Well then the "we" minority that is experiencing problems then :)
  7. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
  8. Spencer Reynen macrumors member

    Apr 3, 2011
    Why downgrade? You can always mess with things in system preferences to get it pretty much back to SL. It'd be a waste of money too. Hey, it's up to you tho.
  9. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    You can downgrade, but it's not going to be stable.
  10. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    You can switch on old style scroll bars.
    You don't have to use full screen mode
    The look of the progress bar? Seriously?
  11. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The scroll bars can be a pain, but you get used to them. Being such a new laptop, its possible but not recommended to downgrade
  12. Takashi macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2009
    It's best not to downgrade as slow leopard might not have all the necessary drivers for the computer. Many have said that you have to move forward sooner or later so it's quite pointless to downgrade now and then upgrade later.

    Of course, you can always buy a 2nd hand mac that comes with SL instead.
  13. mgartner0622 macrumors 65816


    Jun 6, 2010
    Colorado, USA
    If you have the low end late 2011 MacBook Pro 15" or the 13" it should work as they use the same hardware that's in the older models. You'd probably need to procure some older Snow Leopard install disks from an Early '11 MBP of the same size and then do a Target Disk install using firewire from the other MacBook the discs are for.
    If you do not know what this means, please stay with Lion.
  14. praetorx thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2010
    I should have called it fresh install of snow leopard instead of downgrade to avoid misinterpretation.
    Anyways, I guess my safest bet is to get used to it. Paying $30 for Snow Leopard is definetily not a big deal considering that I paid $2000+ on the system.

    I just find it frustrating since I really liked the way OS X was, this being my second apple system after owning a 2010 MBP for about 4mo.
  15. DayOfChaos macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2011
    Yes, I am running Snow Leopard on my Late 2011 MBP 15 inch 2.4Ghz, 8GB, SSD computer.

    BEFORE you install SL you need to download this:

    Save it to a SD Card or Flashdrive with at least 2GB of space.

    What you need to do is find a legit copy (or any other means, I won't say of of course) of 10.6.7. Then, burn it to a CD and install it. You mouse, keyboard function keys at the top, as well as the resolution will look whack. Don't worry, this is normal.

    Once booted up and you finish setup, plug in your USB drive or SD card or external hard drive whatever means of saving that file you downloaded above. Drag it to the desktop, and go though the installer. Once it reboots, everything will look normal, keyboard will work, drivers installed, everything will be just like it came from Apple is Snow Leopard installed.

    I don't know what others are saying, but I haven't gotten a single, crash, kernel panic etc.

  16. un.titled macrumors regular

    Jan 2, 2011
    Who cares what his reason for wanting to downgrade is, he's looking for an answer and people are getting all defensive. This place sometimes...
  17. wikus macrumors 68000


    Jun 1, 2011
    Planet earth.
    I'd consider it an UPgrade. It worked for me just fine. Just gotta make sure you have the proper install discs from an early 2011 Macbook Pro.

    And contrary to some comments in this thread, its been stable.

    Reason for upgrading? Lion is bloated, uses up more ram than it should, and Mission Control is crap. Expose needs to come back, and until that happens I wont be using Lion.
  18. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    You mean UPGRADE to Snow Leopard, DOWNGRADE to Lion.
  19. praetorx thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2010

    So it's as simple as installing it from a valid media and applying the latest Snow Leopard update..nice!
    Thanks for confirming, I'll purchase Snow Leopard right away.
  20. DayOfChaos macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2011
    Good luck!

    If the disk you get doesn't work, please post back, and Ill try to help you the best I can. I only tested it with a 10.6.7 ISO, which I believe has the drivers to boot the late 2011 Macbook Pro.

  21. MagicBoy macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2006
    Manchester, UK
    The latest version of the retail disk is 10.6.3.

    If you have an earlier FireWire equipped Mac handy you can use that to install it on the 2011 using Target Disk Mode then apply the 10.6.8 Combo Update.
  22. DayOfChaos macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2011
    I can also upload my 10.6.7 ISO from my Early 2011 MBP, which I used to install SL if needed.
  23. praetorx thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2010
    I believe that would be in breach of the EULA but i'll purchase the official disks from apple. thanks for the offer though ;)
  24. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    That won't work.

    You'd need the disks from an early 2011 MBP, with 10.6.7 or later. The Apple disk is 10.6.3 which will refuse to install on your machine I can guarantee it.
  25. sketdansu macrumors member

    May 25, 2011
    Troll bait

    you sound like a little kid complaining about the most minute details

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