Long overdue software update

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jrko, May 17, 2017.

  1. jrko macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2008
    Beside the seaside, beside the sea
    I'm running 10.6.8 on an 11,1 i7 iMac. Supposedly meets all specs of latest OS. I've made a copy of the HD

    Is it ok to make such a huge leap? For example would it be better to try jumping a couple of releases and then jumping to the latest OS.
  2. Stefan johansson macrumors 65816

    Stefan johansson

    Apr 13, 2017
    IF your machine fill the requirements,it would probably be best to update to latest version,withouth any problems.
  3. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 68000


    Oct 19, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Unless you downloaded one of the earlier operating systems, they have been removed from the App Store. I believe your iMac is a late 2009 so it is capable of running up to Mac OS X Sierra.

    Best option would be to upgrade to OS X.11 El Capitan which is fast on older Macs. Also depending how much memory the iMac has, consider upgrading to 8GB. Read this relating to El Capitan, and remember back everything up first:-

  4. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    If your iMac still has the original mechanical hard drive, the newer versions of MacOS will run a bit slower than what you're used to on Snow Leopard. After putting an SSD into my Mid 2010 iMac 11,3, it felt like a brand new Mac on OS X El Capitan or MacOS Sierra - so I can definitely recommend this upgrade to modernize an older iMac.

    You will need to update to OS X El Capitan first as you're on Snow Leopard, then MacOS Sierra if you want the latest version (and most current app support). If you're unsure about how it will perform, you can create a second partition and install onto that instead of updating your main one. Note that if you're still using old PowerPC apps, those will stop working in versions after Snow Leopard.
  5. jrko thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2008
    Beside the seaside, beside the sea
    Thanks guys.

    Had to go to El Capitan as per redheeler. I'll stick here for a while and see how it goes.

    Went smoothly!

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