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For those of you who are familiar with your Mac's I'm sure this seems like a dumb question, but as I explained yesterday this is all new to me.

How can I tell if I have Snow Leopard on my computer? Its a Mac OS x 10.6.2 I know, but how can I tell if I have Snow Leopard.... I don't see it written anywhere.

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10.4.x is Tiger, 10.5.x is Leopard, 10.6.x is Snow Leopard..

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Thanks for your reply, but, I was thinking I could find it someplace on my Mac. Someplace like System Preferences. Shouldn't it say it someplace? When I look in Finder under Devices, I see the first thing in the list is Macintosh HD....

So, is it the OS X that means Snow Leopard, or is it the 10.6.3 (it must have updated) that means Snow Leopard? Or are those both irrelevant to the question?

Sorry, I don't mean to be a pest.
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Why does it matter if you want your machine to say "Snow Leopard"? 10.6 *is* in fact Snow Leopard.

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I guess you are right. The person who purchased this Mac for me thought that when he ordered it that Snow Leopard was an option and he didn't purchase it (that he know of). But then again ... he knows even less about a Mac than I do (hard to believe huh?).

Thanks ... I'll just accept that I have a Snow Leopard. I appreciate your reply's.
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Okay I think I understand now. You know that 10.6 is Snow Leopard, but do not know if you are running 10.6

You can easily determine this by clicking the Apple in the top left corner, then from the drop down menu click "About This Mac"

Right underneath OS X it will display the current version OS you are running. If you click "Version 10.x.x" it will display the build number, and if clicked again will display the serial number.

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How can I tell if I have Snow Leopard on my computer?
Mac OS "Snow Leopard" is 10.6.x.

To find out what version of the OS your computer has...go to the "Apple" drop down menu in the upper left of the desktop...and select "About this Mac". It will tell you what version of the Mac OS is on your computer.

If it's 10.6.x...then it has Snow Leopard on it.

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The "Machintosh HD" you see under Finder is the name of your hard drive given during installation, you can set that to anything you want. That has NO connection to the version of OS X running on there..

Snow Leopard isn't an option per say by a version of the operating system OS X. These versions started with 10.0.x and have gotten to 10.6.x, so that means that Snow Leopard is the 6th version of OS X, with Leopard being the 5th, Tiger being the 4th, Panther being the 3th and I don't know what the first 2 were..

The point release after 10.5 or 10.6 indicate the specific update-version for Leopard or Snow Leopard version of OS X..

If you're familiar with Windows, think of the point releases as Service Packs, so for example, Windows XP is a version of Windows, which came before Windows Vista and Windows 7..and SP 3 is the third update to Windows XP..

Hopefully this explains things rather than further muddle things..

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I don't know what the first 2 were..
Cheetah, followed by Jaguar.

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Okay I think I understand now. You know that 10.6 is Snow Leopard, but do not know if you are running 10.6
That's what I thought at first, but backing up...

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Its a Mac OS x 10.6.2 I know,
The words Snow Leopard just don't show up along with the version number.
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The words Snow Leopard just don't show up along with the version number.
That's part of the confusing thing for new Mac owners. Apple really should add the name description along with the number when people click on the "About this Mac" feature. Since Apple likes the number 10 it's also confusing to new users that 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, etc are completely different versions. For most software the second decimal digits usually mean an update fix and not a completely new version. Apple uses the numbers after the third decimal point to describe the traditional update versions. To make a long story short, new Mac users should just ignore the 10.
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And a little note.

The finder version does not always equal the OS version. For example right now my OS is 10.6.3 but my finder is 10.6.4
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