Upgrading Mac OS X 10.6.x to 10.8.x . Possible?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Vishwas Gagrani, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. Vishwas Gagrani macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2012
    Is it feasible to upgrade from mac osx 10.6.x to 10.8.x directly ?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Yes, it is. As 10.6.8 is the minimum requirement, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is not needed.
  3. tejota1911 macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2006
    Run Software Update to upgrade to 10.6.8. Then purchase Mountain Lion in the Mac App store for $20. Download & Install. It saves all of your data, but have an up to date backup just in case.
  4. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    Yes, as long as Mountain Lion is supported on your hardware.
  5. Vishwas Gagrani thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2012
    Thanks for replies.
    My hardware is mini mac 2009 . Is it possible to upgrade on it ?
  6. 53x12 macrumors 68000


    Feb 16, 2009
    Yes it will run ML.
  7. Vishwas Gagrani thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2012
    Was just curious about this post...
    Why it's necessary to upgrade from 10.6.7 to 10.6.8 first ?
    What if i run CD directly on 10.6.7 ? My OS will corrupt ?
  8. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion is not delivered on a CD or DVD, if that is what you mean with "i run CD directly".

    And it is necessary to update* to10.6.8 in order to fulfill the requirements, as far as I remember, 10.6.8 was a small update to easy the way for the new way to install the OS.
    10.6.8 can be easily acquired for free via Software Update.

    * Software update, upgrade--what's the difference?
  9. Micky Do, Jan 3, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2013

    Micky Do macrumors 68000

    Micky Do

    Aug 31, 2012
    An island in the Andaman Sea.
    I have an early 2009 Mac Mini and did the direct OS X 10.6.8 to 10.8 upgrade.

    Make sure you have enough RAM installed; Mountain Lion requires at least 2 GB. My Mini originally had just 1 GB, so I got an extra 4 GB installed. Now it has a total of 5 GB of RAM.

    I am well pleased with the result of the RAM and OS upgrade. It is like having a new computer, that will do me for several more years.

    I had a shop do both at the same time as I don't have a credit card, so don't have an App Store account. It cost a total of about $US 100, with no hassle. You could DIY for much less if you have an App store a/c, the tools, and the skill to install the extra RAM.

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