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2008 Apple iBook Upgrade

2017-03-31 17:20:05

I recently got a 2008 Apple iBook with OSX 10.5.8 on it. The owner wanted the latest version of Microsoft Word on there but that is only compatible with OSX 10.10 or later. here is the Upgrade path required to get from 10.5.8 top 10.11 (El Capitan), the highest upgrade available on this machine. It actually took me a while to figure the whole thing out - I was in contact with AppleCareTeam on a daily basis and it did take a few days to complete the whole process.

1. Back up the customers important Data. Always perform this step when messing about with Operating Systems. The customer should have their own back-ups but in many cases they don't and if you wipe their Data then you are responsible.

2. Upgrade from 10.5.8 to 10.6.3 - To do this you need to order the DVD from Apple in your own county. It costs about €26. Ask AppleCare for a direct link as I could not find any on the Web. Insert the DVD and follow the instructions. All of your Apps and Data are retained during this Upgrade.

3. Upgrade from 10.6.3 to 10.6.8 - To do this click on the Apple icon at the top right and then About this Mac and then Software Update. When I first tried I was just clicking on the Apple icon and then Software Update but that got me nowhere. Only after speaking to an AppleCare assistent did I try the other way and it worked. After this Upgrade I now had 10.6.8 and all Apps and Data were retained. Crucially I now also had the Mac App Store - essential for continuing with the Upgrade.

4. Upgrade from 10.6.8 to 10.7.5  - Not sure if this step is necessary. I found it very hard to get straight answers to technical questions from AppleCare, but in any case I had ordered 10.7.5 before I ordered 10.6.3 and it had come as a Download Upgrade, but since I needed the Apple Mac Store to complete the Download I had to go back to the start and complete steps 2 and 3 first. Once the App Store was installed I just had to click on the Purchase icon and then click Redeem and input the Download Key to get 10.7.5. Installation was straight-forward and once again all Data and Apps were retained.

5. Upgrade to 10.11 - This is a Major upgrade which does require you to Backup all data first as in Step 1. If you haven't done so - do it now. Again i was able to Download the Upgrade from the Mac App Store, but only after getting a Download link from AppleCare - couldn't find it myself. During the installation things most certainly did go wrong. I was left with only a barebones OSX with limited options. The Hard Drive had become corrupted and the only option was to do a clean install and Upgrade. In fairness to Apple it did do a Verification check to see if I was entitled to upgrade and I was. The OS was downloaded again and a totally fresh install of 10.11 (El Capitan) was complete with any problems.

6. Copy all of the Customers Data back on to the new shiny iBook.

Overall the upgrade was well worth it. El Capitan is a great OS and the Mac App Store is full of fantasitc software both Free and Paid for.


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