Upgrading my friend from Leopard to Mountain Lion?

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

  1. alexjholland macrumors 6502


    May 3, 2011
    Bali, Cambridge, Sydney.. anywhere.

    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

    Nov 28, 2010
    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


    May 3, 2011
    Bali, Cambridge, Sydney.. anywhere.
    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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