How do I get El Capitan?

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by myke323, Mar 9, 2017.

  1. myke323 macrumors regular

    May 17, 2006
    I am trying to upgrade from Snow Leopard to Sierra, but I guess I need to upgrade to El Capitan first, but it's not in the App store anymore?
  2. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    You don't need El Capitan first to upgrade to Sierra. First, backup your computer, and be sure it's running 10.6.8. Then open the App Store and download Sierra, and install it.
  3. Erdbeertorte Suspended

    May 20, 2015
  4. myke323 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 17, 2006
    ^^ Thank you. I had actually found that too and it did allow me to finally get to download it. Just searching for it, it wouldn't show up for me.
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    Well apparently you do. I am running 10.6.8 and when I try to download Sierra from the app store it gives me a message that says you must have 10.7 or greater and it won't allow me to download.

    I don't get it though, if it's a clean install and I plan on wiping the drive. But there must be a reason...
  5. CoastalOR macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2015
    Oregon, USA
  6. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    I forgot about the 10.7.5 limitation. It's probably because Apple didn't want to bother testing the upgrade from 10.6.8 to 10.12; I can't think of any other reason.
  7. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    Here's another possible reason: The Sierra installer app refuses to run on Snow Leopard.
    Not really an issue if you already have a bootable Sierra installer, but not everyone has the means to do that ahead of time.
  8. myke323 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 17, 2006
    I see... it's probably that you can't upgrade from snow leopard to sierra, but a clean install would work fine. They won't let you download it if you are running snow leopard as an upgrade would cause problems.

    They should just let you download it and warn that an upgrade won't work, only a clean install.
  9. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    You can install El Capitan if all you've ever had is Snow Leopard without having to get Lion First.

    Buy a bootable USB El Capitan installer on Amazon for $14. That's what I did. It works flawlessly & super easy install. Just plug it in, hold the option key during startup, choose the El Capitan installer & off you go.

    This is the one I used:
    (I had never downloaded any OS since SL so the only way for me to get El Capitan instead of Sierra was to go this route)


    —El Capitan 10.11 for Mac OS - VERY EASY INSTALL FROM 16GB SanDisk Bootable USB Drive - YOU CAN DO IT BY YOURSELF - Instruction Included. - for Non Tec
  10. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    It's a bad idea to buy an operating system from an unknown source, especially when Apple makes it available for free.
    The link is in post 3 in this thread.
  11. myke323 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 17, 2006
    Yeah, that would be nuts... I would never do that.

    I completed my clean install of Sierra on my 2010 MBP with 4gb ram and it's running sweet!!! Very snappy, like a brand new machine. Have installed CS5.5 too and some other apps. So far so good...

    And it's running so much better than the El Cap upgrade I did yesterday, but that's to be expected from a clean install vs. an upgrade...
  12. butterburger cookybutter macrumors member

    butterburger cookybutter

    Aug 5, 2016
    That is called commercial copyright infringement. Some use a smear word for that: "piracy".

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