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

joyagirl

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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!
 

Samuelsan2001

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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.
 

maflynn

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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
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.
 

joyagirl

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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.
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
 

hallux

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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.
 

joyagirl

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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)?
 

CoastalOR

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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)?
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.
 

vista980622

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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)?
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.
 
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JOSmith99

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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!
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.
 

DeltaMac

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Does Mavericks run better or something?
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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