How to update to Sierra NOT High sierra?

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  1. DK777 macrumors newbie

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    How do I upgrade my OSx to one that isn't the most current? Trying to go from Mavericks to Sierra but the only option in the app store is High Sierra.
     
  2. MacGizmo macrumors 65816

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    You're only option is to try to find a friend who saved the installer and can share it with you. It's 5GB+, so it's not like anyone can email it either.

    Apple just pulled the Sierra installers off their servers, so unless they decide to put them back up, that's the only way you can get it.
     
  3. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    MacGizmo is correct. But check in your Applications folder for "Install macOS Sierra" just to be sure you don't have it.
     
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G5

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    OP:
    If the link above doesn't work for you, there -are- "other ways" to get Sierra.
    You just have to "be brave..." ;)
     
  5. MacGizmo macrumors 65816

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    Unfortunately Apple sets the installer to delete itself after successful installation. I've never liked this behavior. I always quit the installer after it downloads and auto-launches and make a backup copy. It's annoying to have to do that, but it saves a lot of download time for my other Macs if nothing else.
     
  6. VideoFreek macrumors 6502

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    A very good practice, as I’ve learned myself, the hard way. I would add another tip: use the createinstallmedia command to make a bootable USB installer, as detailed here:

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201372

    Comes in very handy.
     
  7. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030

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    Does this behavior get in the way of archiving older versions of an OS? Sure. However, I'd argue that self-deleting installers are a good idea for the masses who seem to not clean house on a regular basis, then wonder why their 128 GB MBAs are out of storage (and running badly as a consequence).
     
  9. campyguy macrumors 68040

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    I bookmark the heck out of articles relevant to my needs, save them to Instapaper. Not a cheat, there's a few web portals that I follow that include the direct URL to the MAS updates. I used wccftech, verified with Little Snitch which reveals the package URL - sometimes I find it faster to get an update that way vs waiting for an MAS refresh. Also, I quit the OS installer once it launches, then archive a copy of that installer on an external DAS, then run the OS installer. wccftech has provided direct links for the latest several OS installers, including HS. Apple sometimes - quite annoyingly - pulls the MAS link as they've done here but the package file almost always stays available. I think I saw a few other posters in the Forums that offered the same package link, you could ask them as well. Cheers.
     
  10. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030

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    Awesome. I've done the same as you - do you see a link to Mavericks?
     
  11. campyguy macrumors 68040

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    Actually, check your Hidden Purchases in the MAS - even though I have archives of the latest installers, "Unhide" options for Lion/Mountain Lion/Mavericks reappeared over the weekend in addition to the ability to Unhide Yosemite and El Capitan (the latter two have always been there). I just checked, and all 5 OS installers are still there - I'm away from my workstation with LS installed, and I am not logged into my dev account on the Mac I'm using right now. If I were you, check the MAS right now - run, don't walk!
     
  12. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030

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    Nothin'. ML should be there - Mav is not linked to mine.
     

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  13. CrickettGrrrl macrumors 6502a

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    I updated from Mavericks (<3) to Sierra over a month ago & have had lots of weird little problems. Some big problems (for me). So I advise you to make a cloned backup of Mavericks on an external HDD. --And when you download Sierra, create a USB installer so if you run into difficulties you can reinstall the Sierra OS overtop your Mac again without losing user files. Recent travails: TimeMachine borked & mysteriously overwrote my Mavericks clone partition....yeah, live & learn. Unfortunately also lost my custom files for a critical graphics program on my iMac, so I think a clean install of Sierra is in my near future.

    Good luck!
     
  14. campyguy macrumors 68040

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    I'll be out of the office most of the week, on the road. I'll bookmark this and see what I can find on my end and report back here then. Cheers!
     
  15. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030

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    @campyguy Appreciate the help! Turns out ML was linked to my old ID, so problem solved there. Would still be interested in any info on 10.7 and 10.9 from wccftechm though.
     
  16. ehrens macrumors member

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    One way around the auto-delete of the installer is to cancel the installation after it finishes downloading. The installer will then sit in /Applications until you're ready to launch it again.
     
  17. DK777 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I ended up having to goto a certified apple dealer and paid them 120 bucks to 'work' for 20 minutes and install Sierra. New question though regarding backing it up now that I have everything set up.. just gonna copy paste from another forum.

    "When you backup your OSx with Time Machine does the external drive need to be completely empty and dedicated as a time machine backup or can you backup an OSx onto a 2TB drive that already has 1TB used on it? I have no interest in doing continuous backups with Time Machine, just one. I just reinstalled my OSx and all my plugins so I want to do one backup of it with everything installed clean before I move forward and start working."
     
  18. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030

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    It can have other stuff on it.

    Also, where can I start working and charge ppl $120 for an OS install???
     
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    Any luck w/ a Mav link?
     
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    Honestly, I haven't been back to my home office as I'd planned. The wifi security issue and a few other network-related hacks kept me at my field offices; most of my clients are agencies and they're a bit, um, twitchy. We're expecting 4-12 inches of rain at my office locations, I've been lining out my staff and planning for flooding and roadway/highway closures. :confused: No worries, I haven't forgotten…
     
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