Questions & Answers for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
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How to legally upgrade from Tiger now that the Mac Box Set Is no longer available?
I need to upgrade from OS X 10.4 to a more recent OS. I understood that this version of Snow Leopard (currently £26) was strictly for Leopard users - and although would technically work, the Mac Box Set was required for a properly licensed upgrade. However, since the release of Lion, it appears that the Mac Box Set is no longer available. Consequently, is this now the officially sanctioned route from Tiger to Snow Leopard (and also as a stepping-stone to Lion for a sufficiently spec'd Mac), or is any upgrade path from Tiger simply no longer available?
how many computers can i install on?
- Asked by Susan L from Miami
- 10 22, 09
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If you get the single-licence for $29, then you can install it on one computer. If you get the family pack, then you can install it on up to five.
- Answered by Kevin M from Greenwood
- 10 29, 09
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if i upgrade from tiger, do i have to backup all my files first?
- Asked by Aldo P from Alvin
- 02 25, 10
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I have a MB466LL/A, can I upgrade to Snow Leopard?
I just received my refurbished MB466LL/A and it's slower than my a1226! I'm running on 10.5.8, but want the newest available software for my new computer, what's my best option? Snow Leopard? Mountain Lion? Can I even install these on this computer, and will it improve the speed? My computer is telling me I have no software updates available, which makes me nervous that this computer can't run the newer softwares, and I'm sweating the decision to make this purchase, as it (so far) seems worse than what I had before. Please HELP, I'm new to the Mac world and stressing!
- Asked by Paige B from Tempe
- 07 31, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (I have a MB466LL/A, can I upgrade to Snow Leopard?)
Your computer is telling you there are no more Software Updates available because you have OS 10.5 and the furthest you can go in OS 10.5 is OS 10.5.8. "Software Update..." updates current software on your computer. It does the "free" updates. It will not advise on major new releases of software, such as transition from OS 10.5 (Leopard) to OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard).
Your MacBook with Core 2 Duo processor was released on October 14, 2008. It is Model ID MacBook5,1. If it has at least 1GB of memory It will have no problem running Snow Leopard.
I don't have info for this particular model as to the latest OS it will support. However model ID MacBook4,2 will support Lion (OS 10.7), and MacBook 5,2 will support Mountain Lion (OS 10.8). My hunch is that the furthest you can go is Lion (OS 10.7). The MacBook with ID MacBook4,2 was released October 14, 2008 (same as yours), whereas MacBook with ID MacBook5,2 was released January 21, 2009.
To improve speed, the usual remedy is to increase memory. The maximum memory that was officially supported by Apple for this MacBook is 4GB (although you can put in 8GB). Your MacBookPro A1226 (MA895, MA896, MA897 -- Model ID: MacBookPro3,1) is probably faster, even though it was released June 5, 2007, because it has a separate graphics processor (Nvidia Geforce 8600M GT), whereas your MacBook MB466LL/A has integrated graphics (Nvidia GeForce 9400M). The integrated graphics processor shares 256MB with the main memory on the computer. Integrated graphics results in a slower computer than having a separate graphics processor. Unfortunately, I don't think you can change the type of graphics processor inside MacBooks.
You can see how much memory you have by going to "About this Mac" in the Apple menu.
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouve
- 08 1, 13
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I have an intel based MAC, but when I go to order OS X Snow leopard, it will only let me order it at a local store. How do I download Snow Leopard?Answer
Snow Leopard has never been sold as a download.
It is only available on disc. Shipping is free if ordered from the Apple Store online.
If your make does not have an optical drive, there are three methods to install:
1) Connect your Mac to a network with a computer that has an optical drive. The computer can be a PC running Windows XP or Vista, or a Mac running OS 10.4.10 or later (OS 10.5 or OS 10.6 preferred). The Mac needs to be older than mid-2010. There is software on the Snow Leopard disc to allow Remote Install of the Mac OS from computers with optical drives.
2) Use an external optical drive. (This "should" work.)
3) Get a USB flash stick that is at least 8GB in size. Use Disk Utility to reformat it as "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)". On a Mac with optical drive, use Disk Utility to RESTORE the Snow Leopard disc to the flash drive. Connect flash drive to your Mac and restart while holding the Option key. Start up from the flash drive and install Snow Leopard.
what information do i need to upgrade my mac from 10.5.8 to 10.6
i recently bought an Intel imac late 2006 1.83ghz running 10.5 and i wanted to upgrade it to 10.6 but i don't have any of the original disks or any of the previous owners information. so i want to know if i need anything like the originals owners information or any of the disks that came with it.
- Asked by Josh S from Poulsbo
- 02 13, 15
- Flag as inappropriate (what information do i need to upgrade my mac from 10.5.8 to 10.6)
All you need is the Snow Leopard "retail" disk (the one sold at the Apple Store) and make sure you have at least 1GB of memory. (optical drive would also be very helpful).
The Snow Leopard installation does not need anything other than the Snow Leopard Install disk. It does not need a product key, previous owner's name, previous disks, or anything like that. Just a Mac from before about 2011 with an Intel processor and at least 1GB of memory.
1) If Snow Leopard is installed on a new partition, you can have a Mac that can start up from either OS 10.5 or OS 10.6.
2) Snow Leopard will install directly over OS 10.5, thus keeping all the present programs and data. (Programs must be able to run on an Intel processor. OS 10.5 was last OS to allow programs written for a PowerPC processor to run on an Intel-based Mac. However, one may still be able to download Rosetta from Apple, which will allow Snow Leopard to run PowerPC-based programs on an Intel-based Mac.)
3) If Snow Leopard is installed on a new partition, during the install the installer will search your Mac and ask if you want to import your OS settings, programs and/or data from the partition with the old OS to the new partition. Choose what you want to import in order to have any programs and data ready to use on the new partition. This method ensures that your old system, data and programs remain safe on the old partition in case your Mac suffers a power outage or other mishap during the install. If you should choose not to import, you will have a clean install . . . just like a new Mac.
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouver
- 02 14, 15
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No. You will need the family pack. The licence rules are simple. ONE software upgrade, ONE computer.
- Answered by Jacqueline W from Bexleyheath
- 10 2, 09
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (does the single snow leopard package allow me to upgrade both an intel imac and an intel macbook?)
If I'am from Romania how can I purchase the Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard?
- Asked by Radu Eugen B from Codlea
- 02 10, 10
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No. Snow Leopard will just update the OS and leave you applications alone. I would make a backup of your important data just incase something does go wrong during the install.
- Answered by Josh H from Smithers
- 11 14, 09
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Is it possible to download and enter the serial number from the disc I bought at Apple? It's been scratched and won't work.
I purchased OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.3 on disc at the apple store. Unfortunately it was left out and got scratched before I could install it on all my machines. Is it possible to download it and enter my serial code? Or do I have to drive in LA traffic and pay for another copy??
- Asked by Kim A from Los Angeles
- 11 3, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (Is it possible to download and enter the serial number from the disc I bought at Apple? It's been scratched and won't work.)
As far as I know there is no legally available download for Snow Leopard.
- Answered by Robert T from Chatham
- 11 5, 13
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I have the OS X Tiger and want to buy Snow Leopard (I have the intel processor) without buying the Box set.
I already have the iLife '09 waiting to be installed (received as a gift) so will that still violate the license agreement?
- Asked by Sarah H from Toronto
- 01 5, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (I have the OS X Tiger and want to buy Snow Leopard (I have the intel processor) without buying the Box set.)
No, only IOS comes with Siri. OS X doesn't.
- Answered by Callum B
- 04 18, 13
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can I upgrade 10.4.11 to snow leopard or mountain lion?
- Asked by David A from League City
- 02 8, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (can I upgrade 10.4.11 to snow leopard or mountain lion?)
It depends on your model of computer. If your computer's model year is before 2007, No. If it is 2007 iMac, Macbook Pro then Yes. All other computer must be Late 2008 models or later to run Snow Leopard.
- Answered by Vella W from Muncie
- 05 1, 13
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It looks like you should be able to run Snow Leopard, although you didn't say how much RAM you have. Technically Snow Leopard only requires 1GB, but in my experience it works best with at least 2GB, and more is better.
- Answered by Robert T from Chatham
- 02 25, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I am running 10.4.11 and want to install Snow Leopard, is that possible with my 2Ghz Intelcore 2 duo and 667mhz ?)
By default the installer will only offer to upgrade your computer. You will need to use Disk Utility to erase the drive first, and then it will do a full "fresh" install.
- Answered by James L from Lubbock
- 04 24, 10
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (is this mac os x 10.6 can be used as full install also or is it just an upgrade)
have macbook pro 2.16 ghz intel core 2 duo; 1 gb of 667MHz ram and my disk utility telling me i need to do a clean boot, what OS should i get?
i have a broken 10.6.8 Os currently, but if im buying a disk and can upgrade to lion i will.
Will snow leopard enable me to use windows on my mac?
I need to use windows on my mac so that i can use a program called templot but i am worried that i will spend £25 on snow leopard and still not be able to use windows.......Would anyone be able to help me or refer something that will definitely work so as to not waste money on something i won`t need?
- Asked by Stephen P
- 03 13, 12
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What is the difference between a family and single user pack?
On the Software's Purchase Page it shows you can get a Single-User Pack for $29 and a Family Pack for $49.. What's the difference?
- Asked by Kyle W from Oklahoma City
- 06 12, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (What is the difference between a family and single user pack?)
The single-user pack allows you to install Snow Leopard onto One (1) Apple-labeled computer.
The Family Pack is described by Apple as:
"The Family Pack Software License Agreement allows you to install and use one copy of the Apple software on up to a maximum of five (5) Apple-labeled computers at a time as long as those computers are located in the same household and used by persons who occupy that household. By “household” we mean a person or persons who share the same housing unit such as a home, apartment, mobile home, or condominium, including students who are primary residents of that household but reside at a separate on-campus location. This license does not extend to business or commercial users."
- Answered by Matthew Y from Iowa City
- 06 13, 10
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