Questions & Answers for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
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switching from 10.4 to 10.5 or 6
i'm running 10.4 software and would like to find and install 10.5 or 10.6, But don't need the whole "Snow leopard" pkg. can i just purchase this through apple or do i have to find an outside source to get my Mac upgraded?
- Asked by Mary J from Jacksonville
- 11 26, 09
- Flag as inappropriate (switching from 10.4 to 10.5 or 6)
You don't have to get the box set unless you want to use iLife '09 and iWork '09
- Answered by Ezekiel E from Wrj
- 10 13, 10
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (switching from 10.4 to 10.5 or 6)
What is really old?
1) Snow Leopard comes on a DVD... it is not a download.
2) If your mac is Intel-based and has a minimum of 1GB of memory, it can run Snow Leopard.
3) When I upgraded from OS 10.4.11 to Snow Leopard, all the apps that worked in OS 10.4.11 continued to function, although some only worked about 95%. Any Apple app from OS 10.4.11 worked 100% in Snow Leopard. However, some of my printer drivers and a scanner utility needed to be updated in order to work with Snow Leopard.
4) If upgrading from earlier than OS 10.5, I advise making a bootable backup of your current OS, and installing Snow Leopard on a fresh partition. During install, the installer will search for other partitions with older OS, and ask you if you want to import all the OS settings, applications, and/or files to the new Snow Leopard partition. A very smooth upgrade from older OS, that let's you keep the old OS so you can start up from that partition in case you wish to after Snow Leopard is installed.
5) You can use the $29 Snow Leopard DVD to upgrade, but first use Utilities (Disk Utility) from the install DVD to prepare the partition you are going to install Snow Leopard to.
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouve
- 11 21, 11
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (If I have really old software on my mac can I still download OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard?)
Yes, you would need a family pack for that. The single-user upgrade, as the name suggests it, is for only 1 computer.
- Answered by Anca S from Los Angeles
- 01 30, 10
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Do I need family pack for 2 macs? Is it possible to install upgrade on 2 separate macs?)
Because you have an intel processor you can upgrade to SNOW Leopard although the cost will be more for you than a leopard user.
- Answered by Michael O from Oakland
- 10 20, 09
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I have moc os x 10.4.11 tiger with a 2.2 ghz intel core 2 duo processor. Can I upgrade to leapard? What is cost?)
I have the (2008) iMac; OS X version10.5.4. This was a used iMac I purchased. Based on what I have read. I should start with Snow Leopard OS?Answer
You need Snow Leopard (OS 10.6). After installing, do Software Update (under the Apple Menu) to bring it up to OS 10.6.8.
Once OS 10.6.8 is running, there will be a new app on your iMac called "App Store". It is through the App Store app that one downloads and installs all later versions of the Mac OS. You can go directly from Snow Leopard to any later version.
Note that only the latest version of the OS (currently the free Mavericks OS 10.9) will appear in the App Store. In order to download and install Lion (OS 10.7) or Mountain Lion (OS 10.8), one needs to go to the online Apple Store and purchase a redemption code, which then gives instructions on how to access and download these OS versions through the App Store.
According to WikiPedia, the 2008 iMacs (Model ID: iMac8,1) will support all recent versions of the Mac OS, including the upcoming OS X Yosemite. (The Model ID can be found under the Apple Menu --> About This Mac --> More Info --> System Report --> Hardware Overview.)
Note that Snow Leopard requires 1GB of memory on Mac. OS 10.7 through OS X Yosemite require 2GB of memory.
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouver
- 10 9, 14
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I have the (2008) iMac; OS X version10.5.4. This was a used iMac I purchased. Based on what I have read. I should start with Snow Leopard OS?)
How much hard drive space do I need to upgrade from Tiger using the Mac Box Set?
Mac Box Set Question
- Asked by Ellis H from Tuscaloosa
- 10 10, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (How much hard drive space do I need to upgrade from Tiger using the Mac Box Set?)
The requirements for Snow Leopard are:
1) Intel-based Mac,
2) 1 GB Ram,
3) 5 GB of available disk space,
4) DVD drive.
The requirements for the Mac Box set are:
1) Intel-based Mac,
2) 2 GB Ram preferred,
3) 12 GB of available disk space,
4) DVD drive.
You do not need the Mac Box Set to "upgrade" from Tiger. The $29 single license Snow Leopard install disk will install over Tiger, over Leopard, and over a freshly formatted partition or hard drive.
Personally, I installed Snow Leopard on a fresh partition and imported all Tiger settings, applications and files. That way, I can reboot from the Tiger partition in case something doesn't work. The only difficulty I experienced with Snow Leopard was some obscure printer drivers didn't install properly (this is now resolved) and some stability issues with Safari and Adobe CS3 when I updated to OS 10.6.4. Tiger's Garageband, iPhoto, etc work with Snow Leopard.
Google "Mac Box Set System Requirements" (or search on Apple's website) to get the full list of requirements for various components of Mac Box Set.
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouver
- 11 15, 10
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (How much hard drive space do I need to upgrade from Tiger using the Mac Box Set?)
I'm upgrading from Tiger to Snow Leopard on my Intel-based Mac Book Pro, will I have to reinstall all of my applications, i.e. Photoshop, Quark, too?
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What is the latest version of Snow Leopard?
- Asked by Jesse W
- 11 19, 09
- Flag as inappropriate (What is the latest version of Snow Leopard?)
Ok. Go to the Apple Menu click about this Mac and it should tell you your OS.
10.6 (Snow Leopard)
If you have Panther or lower you will most likely not to be able to install S/L. Remember you must have a Intel Mac to install it.
- Answered by Viola R from Tucson
- 03 28, 10
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Which OSX 10 do I have?)
Will an upgrade from Leopard(10.5.8) to Snow Leopard still allow my iWorks (12.2.4) to run, or will i need to upgrade all.
- Asked by Becky T from Brecksville
- 06 5, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (Will an upgrade from Leopard(10.5.8) to Snow Leopard still allow my iWorks (12.2.4) to run, or will i need to upgrade all.)
Is it true you can only install windows 7 on a bootcamp partition when you have a pre-installed (not upgraded) version of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard?
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Will i run into any problems if I upgrade from Tiger to Snow Leopard if I don't buy the box set?
So basically i want to know if i buy the single user snow leopard for 29.99 rather than the box set for 169.99 will it cause any problems to my laptop? My macbook pro is intel-based so it shouldn't have any problems.
- Asked by Rosangela S from Methuen
- 02 5, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (Will i run into any problems if I upgrade from Tiger to Snow Leopard if I don't buy the box set?)
I have option to install windows on macbook but bootcamp readme says I need Mac installation disk Must I purchase? 10.6 came preinstalled.Answer
Yes, Boot Camp says the drivers to initilize the windows Install are located on Leopard install disk.
Does Snow Leopard come with Boot Camp
- Asked by Steven M
- 02 2, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (Does Snow Leopard come with Boot Camp)
Yes, Snow Leopard includes the latest version of Boot Camp (and updated drivers for Windows 7). If you already have a Windows partition on your Mac's internal or an external drive, Snow Leopard will let you access them just as before; you don't need to run Boot Camp again just because you upgrade to Snow Leopard.
- Answered by Eric O from Los Angeles
- 02 3, 10
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Does Snow Leopard come with Boot Camp)
Can I continue print to my apple laserwriter select 360 after upgrading to Snow Leopard?
I'm currently wired directly to the printer. I have no problems using the Leopard OS.
- Asked by Bonnie W from Carlton
- 07 24, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (Can I continue print to my apple laserwriter select 360 after upgrading to Snow Leopard?)
I have a MacBook Pro version 10.5.8 and I want to buy the Snow Leopard product.can I delete all the old software with this?
I have a MacBook Pro and apparently I messed up the software because I have too much programs and every time I try and delete files and empty the trash can, it doesn't erase the files. So I want to get new software and see if this will erase all the data I have.
- Asked by Adriana C from Chicago
- 03 22, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (I have a MacBook Pro version 10.5.8 and I want to buy the Snow Leopard product.can I delete all the old software with this?)
Snow Leopard is an "upgrade" from Leopard. You should first take your Mac to a Mac savvy technical person and get your current Mac's OS X 10.5.8 fixed. Not being able to delete is a very serious problem. Upgrading at this point probably would make things worse for you. So, go get your Mac Book Pro fixed and then consider buying Snow Leopard.
- Answered by Michael K from Perkinsfield
- 04 2, 10
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I have a MacBook Pro version 10.5.8 and I want to buy the Snow Leopard product.can I delete all the old software with this?)