ERROR: This version of macOS 10.13.3 cannot be installed on this computer

Discussion in 'macOS High Sierra (10.13)' started by firmo, Mar 27, 2018.

  1. firmo macrumors newbie

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    When I try to install High Sierra, I get the following message:


    “We could not complete your purchase.

    This version of macOS 10.13.3 cannot be installed on this computer.”


    My spec is as follows:
    • OS X Yosemite – Version 10.10.5
    • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009)
    • Processor: 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 8 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
    • Startup Disk: Macintosh SSD


    I also tried installing via a different method: [Downloaded the OS using a different Mac, transferred it to mine.] This also has the same result.


    Is the issue that my MacBook is just too old to install this OS? My Mac runs brilliantly – I have no issues with it whatsoever, EXCEPT that there is now software that I am unable to use.
     
  2. webbga macrumors member

    webbga

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    When I searched for a compatibility list this is what I found. Looks like you may have just missed the cutoff:

    macOS Sierra requires at least 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage space and will run on:
    • iMac: Late 2009 or newer.
    • MacBook and MacBook Retina: Late 2009 or newer.
    • MacBook Pro: Mid 2010 or newer.
    • MacBook Air: Late 2010 or newer.
    • Mac Mini: Mid 2010 or newer.
    • Mac Pro: Mid 2010 or newer.
     
  3. firmo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks webbga.

    I was hoping there would be some kind of workaround, but there probably isn't.

    I'll have to settle for El Capitan...
     
  4. oldhifi macrumors 65816

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  5. MSastre macrumors 6502

    MSastre

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    I'm running El Capitan on my 2009 17" MBP ... runs great.
     
  6. Phil in ocala Suspended

    Phil in ocala

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    ??????????
    I wish this would have happened to me...this H.S OS is a big pain and wish I could go back!!!! Horse rearing up.jpg
     
  7. MSastre macrumors 6502

    MSastre

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    That's a good reason to always make a current clone of your system drive before doing any OS upgrade. I can go back several OS versions on all the Macs I own, just in case something I need no longer works. Faster and easier than using Time Machine. I like SuperDuper, but Carbon Copy Cloner works as well.
     

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