Upgrade to Mavericks from Snow Leopard...

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by Dagavi, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. Dagavi macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2014
    Hi all,

    I'm considering upgrading to Mavericks soon. I'm running Snow Leopard 10.6.8 as 32-bit on a late 2010 15" Macbook Pro, with 4GB RAM. I'm curious - will I have to re-install Snow Leopard on the machine as 64-bit for Mavericks to install properly, or will Mavericks install itself as 64-bit on the machine straight from the App Store download?

    And is it recommended to install Mavericks from a fresh install of 10.6 or is everything OK without a fresh install?

    Thanks in advance! :)
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I don't believe you need to "upgrade" SL to the 64bit flavor, as long as you can start up the App store and download Mavericks.

    As for clean install vs. upgrade, that's debatable. Many people recommend this to be safe and its not a bad idea. Just be sure to have a fresh back up of your computer, regardless if you go the upgrade or clean install route.
  3. Dagavi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2014
    Thanks maflynn :)

    I've got an external drive ready to go; will definitely be backing everything up before I do anything.

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