Stuck on OSX Lion

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Macinstall11, Nov 21, 2018.

  1. Macinstall11 macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2018
    I swapped the internal HDD with an SSD, it automatically installed OSX Lion through Internet Recovery, automatically, as in I didn't even got the option to choose.

    Anyways, so the problem is I'm stuck with OSX Lion, by my understanding if I want to install High Sierra I need to go through an "intermediate OS" first, such as "El Capitan"

    So this is what happens:

    - I have El Capitan open in the App Store
    - I click download
    - It says I have to log into my Apple Account
    - I put the correct info
    - Says I can't login because I need the latest OS to do so


    I can't update my OS because I need to log into Apple, but I can't log into Apple because I need the latest OS to do so.

    What kind of sick joke is this?

    Same problem if I try to log into my apple account through "my account" settings, already tried.
  2. Chancha macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2014
    What was the OS X version on your original HDD?

    Normally the best way is to carbon copy clone from this drive into the new SSD, no installation required, and is guaranteed to work since the same OS has worked before.
  3. Macinstall11 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2018
    High Sierra, and I avoided CCC because I had found keyloggers on it.

    So what do I do?
  4. Audit13 macrumors 601


    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Tried creating a High Sierra USB installer using another Mac?
  5. flowrider macrumors 603


    Nov 23, 2012
  6. Macinstall11 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2018
    Didn't try the USB thing and it's a MacBook Pro Late 2011.

    I got it to work by re-installing the OS along loging into iCloud before the Apple Store, then it allowed me into the Apple Store.

    It's installing El Capitan as I writte this, hopefully no more problems.
  7. Panthera Tigris Altaica macrumors member

    Panthera Tigris Altaica

    Nov 29, 2018
    In the Frozen North, of course.
    Which keyloggers did you find in CCC, and when did you find them?
  8. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    I'm also interested. CCC is my #1 backup-restore utility.

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