how do I upgrade from mac osx 10.4.11 to 10.8?

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  • Best Answer:

    You would need snow leopard first (10.6) as it will install the app store. After that, you can update to 10.7 (lion), 10.8 (mountain lion), or 10.9 (mavericks). The reason for this is that if you purchase the later OSX versions, you will get an app store redemption code (they are all digital downloads). You will need a 2007 or newer (2008 for some models) mac and 2 gig of ram for Mountain Lion (10.8). The download is 8 gig, and dont forget to backup your important files before upgrading an operating system.

    • Answered by Michael I from Tempe
    • Nov 27, 2013
  • If you are running a PowerPC Mac (most likely you are if you are running Tiger) then an upgrade path is not possible.

    The reason for this, is that some time ago Apple decided to use Intel processors (the x86 platform) as opposed to the PowerPC architecture,

    The latest version of OS X you may run on a PowerPC Mac (granted it meets the system requirements) is Leopard 10.5.8. Your best option would be to purchase a new mac, or a used but slightly newer model of whatever Mac you own that has an Intel processor. I personally found the PowerPC platform unique to Apple, it made it a more "intriguing" and it was different than other computers on the market at the time. But R&D for PowerPC would have ended up costing the company more, too much overhead. So they just went Intel. As a result, people who have PowerPC based macs are stuck!

    Hope that answers your question. But if you have to upgrade I can say it's totally worth it. 10.8 is a whole different beast than 10.4.11

    • Answered by Steven H from Southaven
    • Mar 12, 2014