Questions & Answers for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
1888 Questions from the Community
All Mac OS's from OS10.6.6 onwards have the App Store app, through which you can upgrade directly to OS 10.9.
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouve
- 02 20, 14
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I'm on a Mac Pro running Lion 10.7.5. Do I have to pay for Snow Leopard before I can upgrade to 10.9?)
How is battery life impact after upgrade to Snow Leopard ?
- Asked by Nguyen Thien P from Thuan An
- 11 14, 09
- Flag as inappropriate (How is battery life impact after upgrade to Snow Leopard ?)
Is the Mac OS X Install DVD (version 10.5.7) that came with my MacBook Pro the same thing as a Mac OS X Leopard installation disc?
- Asked by Catherine H from Fonthill
- 03 30, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (Is the Mac OS X Install DVD (version 10.5.7) that came with my MacBook Pro the same thing as a Mac OS X Leopard installation disc?)
Yes that is your leopard installation disc, but it should also include iLife and other files that are not part of the basic operating system.
- Answered by Graham H from Calgary
- 03 31, 10
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Is the Mac OS X Install DVD (version 10.5.7) that came with my MacBook Pro the same thing as a Mac OS X Leopard installation disc?)
What do I need to do to upgrade from 10.4.11 (Tiger) to Lion?
I know I need Snow Leopard, but can I update to Snow Leopard from Tiger now that the box set is no longer available?
- Asked by Carrie M from Brookfield
- 08 10, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (What do I need to do to upgrade from 10.4.11 (Tiger) to Lion?)
Upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard require a clean install?
Macbook 13inch with Intel processor about 6mo old with ver 10.5.8 Tiger installed. Will a clean install be required, or does the standard install leave applications and data and just remove the old version and replace with the new 10.6 Snow Leopard version of the OSX?
- Asked by Roger H from Worland
- 11 10, 09
- Flag as inappropriate (Upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard require a clean install?)
First of all- when you say Tiger, I'm assuming that you mean Leopard. If you have all of your serials, licenses, etc. do a clean install. It's best for the machine. If you don't however, do standard. It will, yes, leave all of your files on the machine (just replace the system). Hope this helps.
- Answered by Iddo P from Memphis
- 11 11, 09
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard require a clean install?)
I have a macbook pro purchased in summer 2006
- OSX ver. 10.4.11 with a 2 ghz intel core duo with 1 gb 667 mhz ddr2 sdram....can i upgrade to Snow leopard?
- Asked by Michael A from Washington, Dc
- 01 20, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (I have a macbook pro purchased in summer 2006)
Yes, you can upgrade to snow leopard because you have an intel processor.
- Answered by Matthew M from Pleasanton
- 04 5, 11
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I have a macbook pro purchased in summer 2006)
i have os x 10.5.8 and just got a nano 7th generation. when I try to sync to my mac itunes states I need iTunes 10.7.How do I do this?
I have gone thru the forum answers and I am confused about the needs ( Snow Leopard, Mountain Lion etc etc). Can someone give me very basic step by steps how to upgrade so I can use my new Nano? thx!
- Asked by Sandra S from Mississauga
- 01 7, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (i have os x 10.5.8 and just got a nano 7th generation. when I try to sync to my mac itunes states I need iTunes 10.7.How do I do this?)
i want to put mac osx snow leopard on my lenovo thinkpad t61 qith core 2 and 3 gig of ram and 160 gig rad drive can i just bye the 30 doller one and
can i use one intel pc whit windows to uograde to mac
dell vostro 200
485 gb hd,3.5 gb memory,intel processor e7400 dual core,windows 7,
- Asked by Juan C R
- 11 4, 09
- Flag as inappropriate (can i use one intel pc whit windows to uograde to mac)
You will not be able to install Mac OS X on a normal PC. The only way to get Mac OS X if you don't have an actual Mac is to buy a Mac. If you do not want to spend so much money to buy a fancy one, I would suggest buying the Mac Mini. It is the cheapest Mac out there and it is still a pretty powerful computer. You will also be able to run Windows on it to if you desire. Just a warning, Boot Camp (the software that allows you to run Windows on your Mac) isn't fully compatible with Windows 7. However, it is fully compatible with Vista (32-bit and 64-bit) and XP.
- Answered by Jerry P from Fayetteville
- 11 5, 09
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (can i use one intel pc whit windows to uograde to mac)
Will upgrading from Leopard 10.5.8 to Snow Leopard improve my operating with Citrix (I currently have issues when trying to print through Citrix)
I have a Mac OSX 10.4.11 not intel processor what can I do to upgrade
- Asked by Joellen F from Chicago
- 01 27, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (I have a Mac OSX 10.4.11 not intel processor what can I do to upgrade)
OS 10.5 will be very difficult to find for purchase and will cost at least $130.
Your Mac will run OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard). And Snow Leopard currently costs $20. Make sure your Mac has at least 1GB of memory.
To upgrade, as I do with any major system upgrade, I would recommend installing Snow Leopard on a fresh partition. You can create a partition using Disk Utility that is on the Snow Leopard DVD. Create the partition on your internal drive (if you have room), or on an external drive. During the installation, the installer will search your mac for other partitions and ask if you want to import OS settings, apps and files from the "old" partition. If you import, you will end up with a Mac that will boot with either OS (hold down the Option button during start up). The partition with Snow Leopard will have a copy of all your apps and files ready to use. Printer and scanner drivers may need to be updated manually though.
I upgraded directly from OS 10.4.11 to Snow Leopard using the above method.
More info about installing Snow Leopard can be found by doing internet search for "How to Perform a Clean Install of Snow Leopard OS X 10.6 by Tom Nelson".
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouve
- 02 11, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I have an iMac4,1 Intel Core Duo 2 GHz running OS 10.4.8. Can I upgrade to 10.5.8 and if so how?)
i have macbook pro from late 2007 running 10.6.8. can i upgrade to lion?
with the mobile me program ending, i will no longer have the ability of my iphone (version 4s) to synch with my computer wirelessly. in order to have icloud on my computer i need to upgrade to lion but i am concerned that my mac book pro is too old. it was purchased in late 2007 and is running 10.6.8. i am concerned that if i upgrade to lion, the computer won't accomodate the new operating system and might corrupt my photos and other stored information. would i be taking a risk with the lion? if it is ok to upgrade, what woulf the limitations be given the age of the computer.?
- Asked by Carol C from Essex Fells
- 02 28, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (i have macbook pro from late 2007 running 10.6.8. can i upgrade to lion?)
I have a MacBook (mid-2007) running Lion with absolutely no problems. 2GB of RAM is the minimum required, but I recommend 4GB if you want to avoid "slow downs".
The only main limitation is that you should not use the full disk encryption with Lion on an older Mac - because it does slow it down quite a lot.
Before you upgrade to Lion, make sure that you have a good back up on an external disk (i.e. Time Machine, or a disk clone from a product such as SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner).
Also, you need to make sure that you are not running any PowerPC applications on a regular basis (such as MS Office 2004). They will not work in Lion. Aside from that, everything is pretty easy.
- Answered by Rodney W from Niddrie
- 03 3, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (i have macbook pro from late 2007 running 10.6.8. can i upgrade to lion?)
Do you need to buy Snow Leopard 10.6 or Lion 10.7 before you can run Mountain Lion 10.8?
- Asked by Carol A S from Rancho Santa Margarita
- 10 14, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (Do you need to buy Snow Leopard 10.6 or Lion 10.7 before you can run Mountain Lion 10.8?)
To install Lion (OS 10.7) or Mountain Lion (OS 10.8) you need access to the App Store.
To access the App Store you need OS 10.6.8 or later.
Mountain Lion is what is currently available at the App Store. Snow Leopard is available on disc from the Apple Store.
Please note that Mountain Lion is not supported by Macs older than mid-2007 to early-2009 (exact date depends on model of Mac . . . for example, earliest "iMac" supporting Mountain Lion was released in mid-2007).
Snow Leopard can be installed on Macs released before July 2011 that have Intel processors (not PowerPC processors). Snow Leopard may not install on Macs released after July 2011 (July 2011 is also the release date of the Lion OS).
Check your Mac to see which Operating System is already installed. Go to Apple menu --> "About This Mac" to see the version.
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouve
- 10 15, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Do you need to buy Snow Leopard 10.6 or Lion 10.7 before you can run Mountain Lion 10.8?)
How can I update my IMac OSX 10.4.11?
- Asked by Sammie Q from Webster
- 06 26, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (How can I update my IMac OSX 10.4.11?)
If your iMac has an Intel processor and at least 1GB of memory, you can do the following (I upgraded to Snow Leopard from OS10.4.11 on an iMac):
Some have upgraded to Snow Leopard directly over OS10.4.11, however, I do not like to do this, instead creating a dual-boot system where I can start-up in either OS10.4 or OS10.6. For dual-boot, do the following:
1) Do a clean install of Snow Leopard to a new partition. If necessary, clone your 10.4 partition to a temporary, bootable external hard drive.
2) All Snow Leopard disks can do a "Clean Install". But with the $29 disk you need to follow some extra steps, since "Erase and Install" is not part of the automatic installation... but the tools to do so are provided on the DVD.
Basically, when you put the Snow Leopard DVD into your Mac, you will be presented with two options: 1) to "Continue" with a standard upgrade, or, 2) go to "Utilities". Select the "Utilities" button (there will be a reboot in order to run from the DVD). In the new screen that appears, under the "Utilities" menu, select Disk Utilities to format your hard drive (or partition) that Snow Leopard is going on to. When you have finished formatting, QUIT from Disk Utilities, and the installer will then complete the installation of Snow Leopard. (Note: be prepared to wait several minutes when the system reboots during installation as it copies and sets up all the files.)
3) At some point during the installation, the installer will search all other partitions for an older OS, and if found, the installer will ask if you want to import the OS Settings, Files and/or Applications from that partition. Do this for a very smooth transition.
4) All my apps from OS 10.4 continued to work in Snow Leopard, but some of my printer drivers and scanner utility needed upgrades. Until I could find the upgrades, I was still able to Start Up from my OS 10.4 partition (press Option during start up) in order to use my printers and scanner in the meantime.
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouve
- 06 30, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (How can I update my IMac OSX 10.4.11?)
can i upgrade a single license snow leopard to a family pack?
- Asked by George E from Adelaide
- 11 16, 09
- Flag as inappropriate (can i upgrade a single license snow leopard to a family pack?)
no you have to buy the family pack to do that
- Answered by Matthew M from Chandler
- 07 16, 10
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (can i upgrade a single license snow leopard to a family pack?)
How can I check that I have 5GB hard drive space to download snow leopard, 10.6.8?
- Asked by Chris K from Big Bear City
- 07 23, 14
- Flag as inappropriate (How can I check that I have 5GB hard drive space to download snow leopard, 10.6.8?)