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    May 25, 2010
    Upgrading OS X

    I have an iMac running 10.5.
    My other half has just replaced her old macbook with a newer model.
    Accompanying said newer model is an OS 10.6 disc.

    Should I technically be able to use this to upgrade the os on my iMac?
    If so is it relatively easy to do?



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    bobtomay's Avatar
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    Dec 22, 2006
    Texas, where else?
    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
    No, you'll not technically, legally or any other way be able to use it on your iMac.
    Those discs are system specific.

    Snow Leopard is only $25-$29, so grab yourself a copy if you want it.
    I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
    In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.

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    MYmacROX's Avatar
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    Mar 17, 2009
    2008 15" MBP Yosemite, 2012 21.5" iMac Yosemite
    In other words, it won't work even if you try it. It is not an "upgrade" disc. It will only work with the machine it came with.
    64GB iPhone 6, 64GB iPad Air 2.

    Reminder: Please include your Mac's specs. This will make it much easier for the other members to assist you.

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    harryb2448's Avatar
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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.11.1.
    This must be the 93,125th response to this question guys?

    We need a sign over the shop door saying system discs will work only with the precise model machine they were issued with.

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    toMACsh's Avatar
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    Jul 30, 2009
    Mac Mini Core 2 Duo
    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    This must be the 93,125th response to this question guys?
    I guess the positive spin on that is it means there are still newbies, and that, in turn, means more Macs, higher market share for Apple, higher profits, stock price, more for R&D, better products, new gadgets, etc.

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