Reinstall Mavericks on a C2D Macbook

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by ihabime, Feb 8, 2015.

  1. ihabime macrumors 6502

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    I picked up a 2009 C2D 2.26 ghz macbook and it came with 10.9 installed, since it's used I'd like to do a clean install of mavericks, just in case the seller left anything nasty on the drive and I really don't want to upgrade to Yosemite on this machine.

    From what I understand an internet recovery will install the original OS the machine came with, but then I could only upgrade it directly to yosemite.

    Is there any way to get the Mavericks installer legitimately without resorting to dubious methods.
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    The 2009 Macbook does not support Internet Recovery. However, you can still reinstall 10.9.5 by booting into Recovery Mode (Command+R at boot) and reinstalling 10.9 from that. Make sure your machine is connected to the internet before attempting to reinstall OS X.
     
  3. ihabime thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Unfortunately there's no recovery partition either.

    I have a question into apple support, but I don't have my hopes up, it looks like I'll have to download Yosemite no matter what.
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    Have you ever downloaded 10.9 from the Mac App Store in the past? If you have, you can create a USB installer disc and reinstall from that. If you haven't, you can contact Apple Support and they can send you a redemption code with which you can download 10.9 and then create a USB installation drive.
     
  5. ihabime thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Nope, never DLed it, still waiting on Apple to reply.

    What's most annoying is that you can still buy Mountain lion on disk for 20 bucks but nothing newer.
     

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