How to Downgrade to 10.8 from 10.9?

ppdix

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I hate 10.9. I haven't seen a beach ball on my Mac for years. Now, everything is slow and i get the rainbow ball from hell every minute.
I tried to install 10.8 but it won't allow me. I don't want to have to reformat the 1TB HD and do a time machine restore. It will take too long.
Anyone know a work around please? :confused:
 

waronxmas

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I don't want to have to reformat the 1TB HD and do a time machine restore. It will take too long.
Anyone know a work around please? :confused:
That's the only way you can downgrade. The Mac OS X installer will not install an older version of the OS on to a drive with a new version installed on it.

What is the nature of your beach balls though? Mavericks has been working great for me, but I have some app oddness I'm chalking up to not having been updated to Mavericks yet.
 

ppdix

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That's the only way you can downgrade. The Mac OS X installer will not install an older version of the OS on to a drive with a new version installed on it.

What is the nature of your beach balls though? Mavericks has been working great for me, but I have some app oddness I'm chalking up to not having been updated to Mavericks yet.
Aperture is unresponsive. Photoshop cs6 is slower and the menus get "stuck"
I am a pro and have A super fast Mac Pro that now feels like a Mac
Mini. I need a system that keeps up with my daily work. Luckily I didn't upgrade this morning or I couldn't have worked today at
All. I need reliability.
I don't care for maps,iBooks and the tags are a good idea but useless
For me. So no real reason to upgrade.
I decided to do a full restore to 10.8.5 and I will see what happens in December when I get the new Mac Pro. Mavericks should be at 10.9.3 by then.
 

Stella

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Aperture is unresponsive. Photoshop cs6 is slower and the menus get "stuck"
I am a pro and have A super fast Mac Pro that now feels like a Mac
Mini. I need a system that keeps up with my daily work. Luckily I didn't upgrade this morning or I couldn't have worked today at
All. I need reliability.
I don't care for maps,iBooks and the tags are a good idea but useless
For me. So no real reason to upgrade.
I decided to do a full restore to 10.8.5 and I will see what happens in December when I get the new Mac Pro. Mavericks should be at 10.9.3 by then.
When you boot up initially, Spotllight is re-indexing which will slow down your computer.
 

Mac.User

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I think 10.8 is still available in the store to DL if thats how you bought it. If so just download it, make a bootable USB and use that to go back to 10.8
 

ppdix

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When you boot up initially, Spotllight is re-indexing which will slow down your computer.
No, the dot inside the magnifying glass wasn't there.
Time machine was not backing up and there
Were no other apps open.
I have 32gb of ram and the fastest SSD. My machine hauled ass on 10.8.
It doesn't matter, I will have my machine back to 10.8.5 by tomorrow morning.
Thanks to time Machine ;)
 

ppdix

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I think 10.8 is still available in the store to DL if thats how you bought it. If so just download it, make a bootable USB and use that to go back to 10.8
Thanx for your reply. I had a copy of the installer but it wouldn't let me install unless
I Reformatted the HD.
That's what I did. It should all be good
Tomorrow. Back to 10.8
 

Mac.User

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Thanx for your reply. I had a copy of the installer but it wouldn't let me install unless
I Reformatted the HD.
That's what I did. It should all be good
Tomorrow. Back to 10.8

Ah yes I should have mentioned that. Its not a downgrader, you have to wipe and start clean.
 

ppdix

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Did you download the Aperture 3.5 update? Do you have the latest patch (if any) for CS6?
No, I didn't know there was a 3.5.
My software update didn't show it.
I have been using 3.2.4. Even on 10.8, aperture 3.3 and up we're giving me a lot of trouble. Video glitches, slow performance and I hate the all grey icons.