Mid 2014 MBP purchased in early 2015 so it came with Yosemite, can I downgrade to Mavericks?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by joyagirl, Dec 19, 2015.

  1. joyagirl macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2012
    I have read that Mid 2014 Macbook Pros originally came with Mavericks, but by the end of 2014 the same Macbooks came installed with Yosemite.

    I know Apple say you can't install an OS that is older than the one that came with your Macbook, but in this case since the Mid 2014 Macbooks originally came with Mavericks, does this mean it is compatible with Mavericks?

    I need Mavericks or Mountain Lion to run Pro Tools 10.

    Thanks for your help!
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    You may well be able to do it and I'm sure there is a helpful you tube video available if you google it, however you will probably void any warranty if you do so.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    If the model originally came with Mavericks, yes you can downgrade. The reason why you generally cannot downgrade is because the older OS won't have the device drivers needed or newer hardware, but in your case there isn't newer hardware.
  4. Xgm541 macrumors 65816

    May 3, 2011
    And it won't void your warranty...
  5. joyagirl thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2012
    So if it has the correct hardware for Mavericks (the model was released originally with Mavericks), but the Macbook was purchased after Yosemite came out so was came installed with Yosemite, will I still be able to install Mavericks and the its drivers without issue? A friend said there might be complications with the restore disk but it might be possible to get around that...

    I guess the other issue is finding a copy of Mavericks online, I know it's available via torrents but don't know if it is reliable...

    Thanks! x
  6. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    If you had previously "purchased" Mavericks, you should be able to get the installer from the Mac App Store and then build an install flash drive. While the MAS "page" for Mavericks is no longer available, it shows in your "Purchases" tab with a download button.
  7. joyagirl thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2012
    No I have not previous purchased Mavericks unfortunately :(

    So is the consensus that a mid 2014 Macbook that came installed with Yosemite can technically run Mavericks with no problems because the hardware is compatible (even though Apple says you can't run an OS older than the factory installed OS)?
  8. CoastalOR macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2015
    Oregon, USA
    I agree that is should work. The only way to know for sure is to try it, IF you can find Mavericks. Another Mac user friend might have a copy or it might be available in eBay on a bootable USB thumb drive.
  9. vista980622 macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2012
    If you have never "Purchased" OS X Mavericks, the easiest (and safest) way would be to go to an Apple Store and ask one of the "Genius" to install OS X Mavericks for you. If your device is compatible, they will happily help you with the install.
  10. JOSmith99 macrumors member

    May 31, 2016
    If you are okay with wiping the computer, reboot and during boot up hold down Command+Shift+R. You should get a screen that says starting internet recovery. Connect it to your wifi when prompted (Or use ethernet of possible; you will need an adapter for retina macbook pro) and use disk utility from there to wipe the hard drive. Then choose to install osx and follow the steps and it will install Mavericks (if you have an earlier version, it will install the earliest supported version of osx, so if you have a 2012-2013 mac, it will install Mountain Live). Once setup is complete then you can use your computer again and it will be running osx Mavericks.
  11. emilioestevez Suspended


    Aug 25, 2015
  12. DeltaMac, Jun 1, 2016
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2016

    DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    In this case, the OP said that they want to run ProTools 10, which tops out with Mountain Lion (I guess).
    Pretty common situation with ProTools, as you always have to be careful about using supported hardware and system installed with ProTools.
    @joyagirl - I noticed that ProTools 10 tops out with Mountain Lion, and also that ProTools 11 will need Mountain Lion to Yosemite - so I guess you meant ProTools 11, and not 10.
    And, if you have ProTools 11 (or you can upgrade), then that would eliminate your need to downgrade to Mavericks, eh?

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