How to install Mountain Lion today?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ApplesAOranges, Mar 29, 2014.

  1. ApplesAOranges macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2011
    I just got a used iMac and it had Snow Leopard disks. I don´t want to install Mavericks, I need to install Mountain Lion. How can I do that?

    Can I get the mountain Lion from the App Store? Or is only the newest Mavericks available there? Or do I need the Mountain Lion disks? Are there Mountain Lion disks even in existence? Does Apple sell them? How will I get the latest Mountain Lion updates?

  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Neither of which is possible.

    You can buy an ML installer from Apple, at a price.

    I have no idea why would you want to install ML though, when Mavericks is so much better, given its excellent memory management capabilities.
  3. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    You can get ML from the App store, and all updates will be available in Software Update.

    But as the user says above, Mavericks is definitely preferred over ML unless you have specific reasons not to upgrade. And Mavericks is free in contrast to ML.
  4. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    If you want Mountain Lion, go here and buy it for $19.99. Apple will email you a code that you redeem in the App Store app to download Mountain Lion.

    If your machine can run Mavericks, though, I would just go that route.
  5. ApplesAOranges thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2011
    Certain olders programs I use are not supported in Mavericks, that´s why.

    So let me get this straight... I can get the Mavericks FOR FREE from the App Store, but I have to order Mountain Lion disks from Apple Store and pay 19.99$?

    Makes sense! :eek::apple::confused::):(:p:apple:
  6. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    You have that correct… Mavericks is free. Prior Mac OS versions are not...
  7. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    There isn't much difference in compatibility requirements between 10.8.x and 10.9.x; are you certain the apps you have won't work?
  8. ApplesAOranges thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2011
    Yes I´m sure.

    By the way, how can you do a clean install of Mavericks if there are no disks?
  9. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    You download Mavericks from the Mac App Store and create a bootable installer out of it.
  10. joe-h2o macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2012
    Out of curiosity, what apps are they?

    It seems strange that there would still be compatibility issues between 10.8 and 10.9 apps.

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