How to Upgrade Your Mac to OS X Mavericks

How to Upgrade Your Mac to OS X Mavericks

OS X Mavericks is finally here, and we’re sure you’re anxious to install it! Fortunately, upgrading to Mavericks is easy, and will work on any machine compatible with the previous release, OS X Mountain Lion! If this is your first upgrade, however, or just want to make sure you’re “doing it right,” we’ve got a guide for you!

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To install Mavericks over your existing OS X Snow Leopard, Lion, or Mountain Lion install, just follow these steps:

  • Download Mavericks from the Mac App Store.
  • Move “Install OS X Mavericks” from the Applications folder to your Desktop. *
  • Launch the installer, select your boot drive as the install location, and follow the on-screen instructions.

Note: your Mac will re-boot in the installation process. The entire process could take up to an hour (or even slightly more), so hang tight, and you’ll be running Apple’s latest cat in no time!

If you’d rather perform a clean install…there’s a MacTrast guide for that!

* If you don’t move the Mavericks installer to another folder, the installer will remove itself once the install is finished, forcing you to re-download it if you want to store a copy, or use it on other Macs. 

For more helpful tips, check out our full collection of tutorials by visiting our How-To category!