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Have a Mid-2010 MBP with OS X 10.6.3, want to install El Captain

Gatteau

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So as the title says, I have a mid-2010 MBP with OS X 10.6.3, and I want to install El Captain, but don't know where to start.

I also have BootCamp with Windows 8 installed and I was wondering if I can install El Captain without losing anything that's on my BootCamp.

Is this possible, or will I have to format everything? If it is, how am I supposed to do it?

Thanks.
 

chrfr

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So as the title says, I have a mid-2010 MBP with OS X 10.6.3, and I want to install El Captain, but don't know where to start.
Use Software Update to get to 10.6.8, then run the App Store application to get El Capitan. It will install without formatting your disk or doing anything to Bootcamp as long as you don't manually opt to erase or partition your drive.
As always, you should have a backup.
 
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keysofanxiety

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So as the title says, I have a mid-2010 MBP with OS X 10.6.3, and I want to install El Captain, but don't know where to start.

I also have BootCamp with Windows 8 installed and I was wondering if I can install El Captain without losing anything that's on my BootCamp.

Is this possible, or will I have to format everything? If it is, how am I supposed to do it?

Thanks.

Upgrade to 10.6.8 first through Apple Menu>Software Update.

Then go into the App Store and click the 'Updates' tab. El Cap should be visible there for download.

This will not affect your BootCamp partition.
 
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Gatteau

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Upgrade to 10.6.8 first through Apple Menu>Software Update.

Then go into the App Store and click the 'Updates' tab. El Cap should be visible there for download.

This will not affect your BootCamp partition.

Thanks a lot.

Before I go ahead with this, one question: my installation disks doesn't work anymore (they're scratched to oblivion), is there any way I can make bootable USB drives to replace the disks after I install El Captain? Or do I do this now?
 
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keysofanxiety

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Thanks a lot.

Before I go ahead with this, one question: my installation disks doesn't work anymore (they're scratched to oblivion), is there any way I can make bootable USB drives to replace the disks after I install El Captain? Or do I do this now?

Bootable USBs for El Cap or Snow Leopard? Yes to both, but to do one for SL would take a little more work.
 
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Gatteau

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Yeah one for El Cap would be absolutely fine. Correct as you won't need SL any more.
Installed 10.6.8 and have the App Store now! :)

I get 'no updates available', when I go to updates in the App Store. Should I just search for El Cap?
 
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