Upgrade path from 10.5 to Maverick.

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by AppleBoyFreak, Jun 15, 2014.

  1. AppleBoyFreak macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2011
    What is the upgrade path from MAC OS X 10.5.8 to Maverick.
    Current iMAC model iMAC9,1 year 2009
    2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo
    4 GB DDR3 RAM
    300Gb with 200GB available.

  2. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    Here's one workable upgrade path from Leopard to Mavericks (assuming you have no other Macs that already have a newer version of OS X.):
    Purchase Snow Leopard.
    Order Snow Leopard here: http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573Z/A/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard
    Install, and update to 10.6.8 (which will give you the OS X App Store)
    You COULD also purchase Lion, or Mountain Lion, and install that - but you would still need Snow Leopard first (because you need the App Store to download either of those, and if you have Snow Leopard, you can bypass both Lion and Mountain Lion, and go straight to Mavericks)
    Download Mavericks, install.

    And, you can avoid Snow Leopard too - if you have access to a newer Mac, running a newer version of OS X, where you could download the Mavericks installer. You just need the App Store, downloading Mavericks with your AppleID account. So, Snow Leopard, or higher to get Mavericks.
  3. AppleBoyFreak thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2011
    I have a MacBook Pro currently running Mavericks. Do you have a link to an article that explains how to get the installer from the MacBook Pro to the iMac or can you post a guide? Thank you very much!
  4. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    That can be done, but not as an upgrade - i.e. you'd have to erase all content. You also cannot migrate from an OS X 10.5 backup into Mavericks, the earliest it'll support is 10.6 for migration.

    So - if you have data you want to retain (or aren't willing to manually back up & replace that data), buy the SL DVD and install it - bringing you to 10.6 - then upgrade from there to Mavericks in the App Store.

    If you're OK starting from scratch, erasing the drive & installing Mavericks clean - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5856

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