Using an install disc from another Mac to update it?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by kat.hayes, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. kat.hayes macrumors 6502a

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    I'm running 10.5 on an old Mac and have an iMac that came with install discs for 10.6. Is it a bad idea to try to use those discs to update the 10.5 Mac?

    Thanks.
     
  2. justperry macrumors 604

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    You should also ask yourself if this is possible, your "old" mac might not even be able to run Snow Leopard.

    What's the model of your Mac?
     
  3. ezramoore macrumors 6502a

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    If you're talking about the grey install disks, then justperry's questions are irrelevant, as it won't work. Those disks are specifically designed not to work with anything other than the machine they came with.

    Also, it would be a violation of your Software License Agreement with Apple. You are not allowed to install that copy on more than one machine at a time.

    You can buy 10.6 retail disks from Apple here for $20: http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573Z/A/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard
     
  4. justperry macrumors 604

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    They are relevant since the OP says OLD, it's probably too old to run SL, this was my first question, then if it is able I would have answered the rest.

    And yes, you are completely right with the rest of your post.
     
  5. kat.hayes thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The old Mac can be upgraded to SL (I checked) and the install disc is for a Mac that is not being used anymore so I wasn't sure if that technically would be breaking the agreement, though I was guessing that it wouldn't likely work anyways.

    Thanks.
     
  6. ezramoore macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think that would be breaking the agreement.
     
  7. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    Both comments are irrelevant due to one Mac's discs not working with another Mac.
     

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