i have a mac osx 10.5.1, what do i need to do to get updated?

  • Asked about:  Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

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  • First step: Select "Software Update" from the Apple Menu. Keep doing "Software Update" until you are at OS 10.5.8.

    Second step: Determine if your Mac uses a PowerPC processor or an Intel processor. Go to "About This Mac" in the Apple Menu and see which processor your Mac has.

    Third step: If a PowerPC processor, you can not upgrade past OS 10.5.8. If an Intel processor, you can upgrade to Snow Leopard (OS 10.6) if you have at least 1GB of memory. After installing Snow Leopard, go to "Software Update" to update to OS 10.6.8.

    Fourth step: Once OS 10.6.8 is running, there will be the "App Store.app" in the applications folder. The App Store.app will give access to OS 10.9 (Mavericks). To obtain Lion (OS 10.7) or Mountain Lion (OS 10.8), go to the online Apple Store where you can buy a "content code" to download and install through the App Store.app.

    This web page has links to take you directly to the Apple Store pages for Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion.
    storeDOTappleDOTcom/ca/help/downloadable_software#MacOSX (replace each "DOT" with ".")
    Snow Leopard comes on disk only. Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks are installed through the App Store.

    PLEASE NOTE: Whether you can install Lion, Mountain Lion, or Mavericks will depend on the age and Model ID of your Mac, and whether the Mac has at least 2GB of memory.