Snow Leopard Mac Upgrade

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To create Snow Leopard, Apple engineers refined 90 percent of the more than 1,000 projects that make up Mac OS X. Users will notice refinements including a more responsive Finder; Mail that loads. The most current version of OS X is OS X 10.9 Mavericks. OS X Mavericks is available as a free download from the Mac App Store. If you need to purchase Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard you may order it from this page.

So you've checked out the good stuff and decided to take the plunge to Snow Leopard. Upgrading is mind-numbingly easy, but in case you wouldn't mind a little hand-holding, here's our quick UltraNewb guide to upgrading from Leopard to Snow Leopard.

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Hands On with Mac OS X Snow Leopard (Developer Preview)
  1. Mac OS X Snow Leopard (version 10.6) is the seventh major release of Mac OS X (now named macOS), Apple's desktop and server operating system for Macintosh computers. Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard A version of the macOS operating system.
  2. The latest upgrade to Mac OS X Snow Leopard installation DVD which is available in.DMG format and can be made bootable. Mac OS X Snow Leopard: Product Review: Mac OS X Snow Leopard latest is an advanced operating system with key features, that can be experienced under Apple’s screen, operations under servers, Intel Mac users, and on VMWare.
  3. You can upgrade directly from Snow Leopard to any newer version of OS X, including the current El Capitan, and the Mac App Store is the main delivery method for those upgrades. If you can upgrade.

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Prep Your Mac

If you haven't already, be sure to prep your Mac for the upgrade. In a nutshell, that means doing a little housekeeping (no need bringing old, unnecessary clutter into your shiny new upgrade), backing up data, and choosing your upgrade path. For our purposes, we're going to assume your upgrade path is a straight Leopard to Snow Leopard upgrade, though a clean install is always nice if you really want to get that fresh start feeling.

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One thing to note: You'll need at least 5GB of free space to upgrade using the basic Leopard-to-Snow-Leopard upgrade path. If you don't have enough free space (my laptop didn't), try an application like GrandPerspective (Original post) to identify large files you don't need and free up the necessary space.

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Install Snow Leopard

This process is exceedingly simple, but as I said above, sometimes it's nice to watch the canary in the coal mine so you know what to expect. So, here goes:

1. Insert the Snow Leopard DVD: Just insert your Snow Leopard DVD, open it up, and double-click Install Mac OS X.

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2. Click Continue and Get Installing: At the first screen, hit Continue. You'll see a license agreement; read away and agree to continue.

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3. Choose Your Install Drive: The Snow Leopard install disc will automatically determine your install drive if it's obvious, but if it's not—or if you don't want to install to the drive it automatically selected—hit the Show All Disks button to select a different install drive. Otherwise, just click Install.

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4. Enter Your Password: This is the point of no return. Assuming you're all prepped, just enter your password and take the plunge to Snow Leopard.

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5. Wait
At this point, you're pretty much done. (We told you it was easy.) Grab a cold drink, put on some music, and wait. The installation will start as soon as you enter your password. On my computer, the install process went on for about 15 minutes, then restarted, then continued for another 50-odd minutes. (It hung for at least 10 minutes when it said 'Less than a minute' remaining, but I've got an old-ish MacBook Pro, so yours may be a bit faster.)

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6. Enjoy Snow Leopard: When it completes, your computer should restart once more. When it starts up, you should be greeted with Snow Leopard's intro video (it's actually the same welcome video as you saw when you upgraded to Leopard, which doesn't help Apple's case against people who consider Snow Leopard little more than a service pack). You'll then see the setup assistant. If you've taken the straight upgrade path, chances are you don't need this at all (I cancelled rather than sit through another MobileMe pimp session.) You can always run the Migration Assistant later if you need to. (/Applications/Utilities/Migration Assistant.app).

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Now that you've upgraded and had a chance to spend a little time poking around, let's hear what you think about the cold kitty in the comments.

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Active2 years, 3 months ago

I have an old Mac, currently running Mac OS X 10.6.8 'Snow Leopard' that I must upgrade to OS X 10.10 'Yosemite'. It has 8 GB RAM.

The 'About this Mac' gives me the following information:

Mac OS X Version 10.6.8
Processor: 3.6 GHz Intel Core i5
Memory: 8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3

The 'more info' gives me (among others):

Model name: iMac
Model identifier iMac 11,3

I first did the 'Software Updates' which was ready in a few minutes.

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When I try the update to Yosemite, though, I get the spinning cursor and it stays that way. I thought that maybe it was just a huge download, so I left it on for the night. The next day, after more than 20 hours, I still saw the spinning cursor.

This Mac belongs to the workplace. An internet search told me to check the 'Purchases' tab on the App Store, but for that I need my boss's password. I'd rather not need that.

I do have admin privileges on the machine.

I've found the Console Messages, but the only thing I see there is 'This isn't a bitmap context. Forcing destination format to ARGB_8 for CG_Context'.

I've looked at this answer but I find that the CRL is already set to 'off'.

Network connectivity seems OK. Regular browsing works fine.

So - without access to the purchase record of the machine, but with admin privileges, how can I see what is going on? Ideally, how can I upgrade this machine to Yosemite?

Edit:

The problem seems to be with the App Store. I'm trying to install a free utility (Caffeine) and I get the same problem: the spinning cursor, but no actual progress.

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S.L. BarthS.L. Barth
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If the desired Mac is slow, you can always use another Mac to do the download of the OS X installer.

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  1. Make a guest account on that Mac and sign in with your AppleID since you'll want to shift off your boss's password and get everything under an ID you control.
  2. Go to the App Store and download the installer - but don't run it.
  3. Copy that installer application to a USB drive and take it to the slow mac.
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The slow Mac probably needs a back up and possible Disk Utility to repair the catalog structure.

Worst case, you can order a USB media from Apple - call in to the sales number for your country and ask to purchase a media instead of a download. They often will help you enough to get your Mac upgraded for free.

Once you get the install running, you can look at /var/log/install.log to see the progress and where things get slow or hang.

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Simply, you could download the standalone installer of the yosemite os. It comes as an app and you can easily run it on the old mac to upgrade it. You can download it here http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/48498/os-x-yosemite. note that some Mac models do not support this upgrade such as power PCs...for a full list of supported models, check here http://www.apple.com/osx/how-to-upgrade. As long as you have the admin privilege(password) of the system,

Oyebode NathanielOyebode Nathaniel

Just clone from another mac using the required version you are looking for.

Raphael ZimbaRaphael Zimba

You should always see some continuing assurance ofof progress (as you said; spinner) on any download-- or quit & start again, making some changes, selectionsor adjustments to input. If the thing appears dead in 5 minutes, kick it & start again. 20 hr download times were entirealbums on Napster with a landline phone modem. LifeIs short & time is finite

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