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#48726 - 04/29/18 09:47 AM Re: Is it possible to upgrade to an older OS version? [Re: artie505]
MG2009 Offline


Registered: 08/05/09
Re: "Shorthand for "whichever version of macOS you're dealing with."

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At one time, when I would go to the App Store, the previous versions of OS I downloaded would appear (e.g. El Capitan, Mavericks, etc.) However, none of these are listed there anymore - although the link provided earlier (#48653) says that older versions should appear in one's Apple Account under "Purchased."

If I go into Recovery, the only option is Sierra, which I currently have installed.

So, if Bob is still looking for FULL "El Capitan" (not just updates), where does he find it to download and install if not previously saved on a separate drive?

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#48727 - 04/29/18 10:00 AM Re: Is it possible to upgrade to an older OS version? [Re: Bob_00001]
MG2009 Offline


Registered: 08/05/09
Re: "Apple doesn't want people using older OS's if they can bully them into using their latest nightmare . . . "


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A few months ago, I had "upgraded" from SIERRA - first doing a secure erase of the HDD and then a clean install - to HIGH SIERRA, but encountered no end of little blips and annoyances.

I am working with a 2011 MBPro which may be a little too old by now. I again erased the HD and re-installed SIERRA. Everything works exactly as before and as it should. So, perhaps, HIGH SIERRA is just too much for a 7-year old computer to handle. frown

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#48730 - 04/29/18 01:01 PM Re: Is it possible to upgrade to an older OS version? [Re: MG2009]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: New York State
According to MacTracker, your MBPro should be able to handle High Sierra. On the other hand, how much RAM does it have? That could be the problem.
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#48734 - 04/29/18 02:51 PM Re: Is it possible to upgrade to an older OS version? [Re: jchuzi]
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Registered: 08/05/09
16gb RAM - which, I believe, is that maximum for this machine.
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#48736 - 04/29/18 11:55 PM Re: Is it possible to upgrade to an older OS version? [Re: MG2009]
artie505 Online


Registered: 08/04/09
Originally Posted By: MG2009
At one time, when I would go to the App Store, the previous versions of OS I downloaded would appear (e.g. El Capitan, Mavericks, etc.) However, none of these are listed there anymore - although the link provided earlier (#48653) says that older versions should appear in one's Apple Account under "Purchased."

If I go into Recovery, the only option is Sierra, which I currently have installed.

So, if Bob is still looking for FULL "El Capitan" (not just updates), where does he find it to download and install if not previously saved on a separate drive?

I don't know why you're not seeing anything in your Purchased tab; I've still got Yosemite and El Cap available for d/l in mine. (El Cap is the last version of macOS that would show in "Purchased"...something to do with transferring Macs between owners if my memory serves me.)

As per How to reinstall macOS - Apple Support, Recovery offers three options, depending on which key combo you use to access it.

I thought Bob would be able to d/l El Cap via How to download OS X El Capitan - Apple Support (I think grelber did.), but I just digested it and saw

Originally Posted By: Apple
OS X El Capitan remains available for Mac computers that can't upgrade to macOS High Sierra, or that need to upgrade to El Capitan first.

which suggests that he can't, because his MBP is High Sierra capable.

I dunno. Let's see if he can wangle it out of AppleCare, and if not, he may have to go to eBay, which may be cheaper than upgrading his software. (Hmmm... In a pinch, I could d/l El Cap [which I just did, as a matter of fact, to make sure I could], burn it to a DVD, and mail it to him.)

[rant] Damn! Wanting you to be current is reasonable, but forcing you to be current, particularly when it's going to cost you, is NOT.

I don't get it. I don't doubt that Apple supports the Business Software Alliance, so why do they at the same time, in effect, support a market for bootleg OS X/macOS? [/rant]
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#48741 - 04/30/18 07:32 PM Re: Is it possible to upgrade to an older OS version? [Re: artie505]
MG2009 Offline


Registered: 08/05/09
Checked again, in case I had spazzed the last time.

My account PURCHASES show everything I have bought since 2011 when I got the MBPro . . . but not one of the OS downloads.

The machine came with Mountain Lion, I believe. I upgraded to Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan and Sierra. Went to High Sierra, but reverted back to Sierra. Fortunately, each time I did make a flash pen boot drive BEFORE installing the OS.

UPDATE: If I go to App Store / Store / View My Account in the dropdown menu, I can then HIDE or UNHIDE purchases. Sometime along the way I had chosen to hide some purchases . . . which included all the aforementioned OS downloads.


Edited by MG2009 (04/30/18 07:48 PM)
Edit Reason: Update
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#48743 - 04/30/18 11:51 PM Re: Is it possible to upgrade to an older OS version? [Re: MG2009]
artie505 Online


Registered: 08/04/09
Originally Posted By: MG2009
The machine came with Mountain Lion, I believe. I upgraded to Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan and Sierra. Went to High Sierra, but reverted back to Sierra. Fortunately, each time I did make a flash pen boot drive BEFORE installing the OS.

UPDATE: If I go to App Store / Store / View My Account in the dropdown menu, I can then HIDE or UNHIDE purchases. Sometime along the way I had chosen to hide some purchases . . . which included all the aforementioned OS downloads. (Emphasis added)

Mystery solved!

All except Sierra and High Sierra, I presume.
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