Upgrading my friend from Leopard to Mountain Lion?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by alexjholland, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. alexjholland macrumors 6502

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    Hey

    My friend has a unibody Macbook Pro 13" running Leopard, which he says is barely useable now as it's so slow.

    My older, technically slower Macbook White is razor-sharp still, with 4Gb RAM; a hybrid 768Gb/SSD drive and the latest Mountain Lion, so I'm confident his can be too.

    As well as ordering him 4 or 8Gb RAM (which the maximum his Macbook supports) I plan to get him on the latest OSX too; and tidying up his files.

    I ordered him a CD for Snow Leopard, so will run that first, to get the Mac App store installed. My questions are:

    - Can we skip straight from Leopard to Mountain Lion, or do we have to pay for and download Lion first? That would seem silly.

    - Can I download the program file for Mountain Lion and/or Lion, so we don't have to sit around waiting hours for them to download? I have full ownership of both so can download them from the App store if there's a way to put them on USB

    Any other thoughts on making this an efficient process would be appreciated.

    Kind Regards
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    8 GB RAM is the maximum RAM if it is a 2009 MBP.

    You have to install Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, then from there you can directly download and install OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, no need for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion (it is also no longer available from the Mac App Store (MAS))

    This might be of interest:

    If you want to make a bootable installation medium, you can follow these steps:

    As for speed, an SSD will make the most difference, maybe convince your friend to get a 120 or 256 GB SSD, 256 GB can be had for less than 200 USD nowadays.

     
  3. alexjholland thread starter macrumors 6502

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    As I'm on OSX Mountain Lion on both my Macs, it doesn't look like I have the option to download it!

    Well, I can certainly load Snow Leopard; tidy his Macbook up; order RAM and start the download of Mountain Lion for him or I to finish another day.

    I don't think he'll be looking to spend the cash on an SSD, especially as he has to buy a replacement battery too. I'm sure quadrupling his RAM (especially as 2Gb is so basic) will help.

    I also have this inkling that there's something about updating the OS and getting fresh system files that helps too..
     

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