Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Upgrading to OS X Mavericks, part of Mac OS X Mavericks Essential Training.
Mavericks is Apple's name for OS X Version 10.9. If you are working with a brand new Mac, then OS X Mavericks is probably already on your system. If you are working with an older version of OS X, then you'll need to upgrade to Mavericks in order to use it. For most people this is a very easy process using the App Store built in to OS X. Now we are going to talk much more about the App Store later in this course, but for now I'm going to show you just enough to get Mavericks installed. First, you'll need to know what version of OS X you are running currently, and to do that you will go up to the Apple menu or the system menu in the top left corner of your screen, and you are going to look at about this Mac, and here you get some important information about your computer including which version of a OS X you are currently running.
In this case I am running 10.8.5. Now, OS X Mavericks is 10.9 and that's what we want. So the question is, am I able to upgrade? Well, with 10.8, yes, I'm able to upgrade. That's the easy answer. Now, if you're running another version of OS X like 10.5, 10.6 or 10.7, the story might be a little bit different. If you're running version 10.5, also known as Leopard, then you're not able to access the App Store. In order to get the App Store, you would have to upgrade to 10.6, and of course, you have to have the App Store in order to upgrade to Mavericks.
So if you have 10.5, you'll have to get up to 10.6, which may mean purchasing a disk. If you are using 10.6 then you have to run your software update in order to get the App store. When 10.6 originally shipped, the App Store was not included, but it came later as an update. So, if you are using 10.6 just make sure you run software update and you've got the most recent version. Now, most people watching this course are probably on 10.7 or 10.8, and of course you've got nothing to worry about. You've got the App Store already built in.
But just make sure that you go into the App Store and run any system updates that you've got, and make sure you're on the most recent version of whatever operating system you're using. Once you've got your operating system completely up to date, you also want to make sure that the computer that you're using is able to support Mavericks. For that, I recommend you go to this website, where you're going to see a list of all the computers that are compatible with Mavericks. Just make sure your computer is on this list, and you're good to go. Once you've got that figure out, all you need to do is open up the App Store. And it may be on your dock or you might need to go in to finder and going to applications and double click on the App Store here.
I'm going to close this finder window. Because i just launched App Store from the dock and here we are. And I'm going to go to this button on the top for updates, I'll click on Mac. And it will take a moment to check your system and see if there are any updates. In this case, OS X Mavericks is here as the primary update, and you can see it's a free upgrade. Now, before I go ahead and install the update to OS X Mavericks, I want to recognize that I am about to make a very significant change to my system. So, it's very important that all of my backups are up to date.
I highly recommend that you have all of your important data on your computer backed up, and that that backup is completely solid and up-to-date before you install an update to your operating system. But with that in mind, I'm ready to go. So all I need to do is hit this button for the free upgrade. You have to type in your Apple ID, username, and password. If you've used the App Store before, then you'll definitely have an Apple ID. If you don't have an Apple ID and you're confused about it and you don't know how to set that up, there's a chapter later in this course where I talk about how to set up an Apple ID.
And even if you're using an older version of OS X, that movie will still help you set up an Apple ID. Or if you don't have the Apple ID, you can always hit this create Apple ID button, and go through the process. But now that I've typed in my Apple ID, name and password, I'll hit, sign in. And now, Mavericks is going to download and install onto my system. And it's going to take a little while. And you can see, there's a time estimate here. During this process your computer will need to restart and it will prompt you for that. So when it asks you to restart, go ahead and hit the Restart button to allow it.
Once Mavericks is downloaded to your system you'll see a window like this, asking you to hit the Continue button to continue the installation. Over here in the App Store you'll see it say's it's been completely downloaded. And this is the window that pops up. So go ahead and hit Continue and I'll have to agree to the licensing terms. And of course it's a good idea to go ahead and scroll through and read what those terms are. But for now I'm just going to hit Agree. And confirm again that I agree. It's going to confirm that it will install the update to Mavericks on my main system drive and that's fine.
If you have multiple drives on your computer with bootable installs of OS X, then you should choose the drive that you want to install the update on. So, I will go ahead and hit Install. And I'll type in the administrator password for my computer, and I'll hit OK. It's going to take a little bit of time to start the install process. And now my computer's going ask me if it's okay to restart? And if I wasn't sitting in front of my computer, it would just count down from 30 seconds and do it anyway. But I'm going to go ahead and hit the Restart button here.
It's going to ask if it's okay to close other applications, and that's fine, I'll hit this Close Other Applications button. It's going to shut everything down, and it will restart my computer. During this restart process, it's going to finish installing Mavericks. So this might take a while. Once your computer finishes rebooting, you'll see an installation screen like this. Now this could take a while depending on your system, but now the core installation process is happening. So this is a good time to go get lunch while the installation takes place. When the installation process is finally complete, you'll have to jump through a few more hoops, to finish the installation.
The first thing I see here, is a window where OS X is asking me to sign in with my Apple ID. Now later in this course, we're going to talk more specifically about the Apple ID account, we'll talk about what it is, and why you might want it, or why you might not want it. If you already have an Apple ID account, you should type in your name and password here. If you don't have an account, and you don't want to set one up, you can just hit don't sign in, and continue. Now, you could hit this link right here to create a new Apple ID. If you want to go, go ahead and go through the process right now.
But for me, I already have an Apple ID, so I'm going to type it in here. Your Apple ID username should be a full email address, and then your password, and then you can hit Continue. To find my Mac feature is something we'll talk about in the movie in this course on iCloud. This is a feature that will allow you to locate a lost or stolen computer. Generally, I like to turn this on, so I'm going to go ahead and hit Allow. Here we'll have to agree to certain terms and conditions for use of OS X. It's a good idea to go ahead and click through these and read them in full.
For now, I'm going to go ahead and hit Agree. And I'll confirm that agree one more time. And now, OS X is doing some last final set up. And here I am completely upgraded to Mac OS X Mavericks. I can confirm that by going back into the system menu, going to About This Mac and I can see now I am on Version 10.9 which is OS X Mavericks. Of course, how easy it is to install Mavericks depends on which version of OS X you're starting from.
But, for most people, it should be pretty easy. Now that you've got Mavericks installed, you're ready to start playing around. Feel free to start exploring.
- Installing and running Mavericks for the first time
- Connecting to the Internet
- Browsing through folders in the Finder
- Launching and managing applications
- Saving and searching for files
- Setting up iCloud and Apple ID accounts
- Browsing the web with Safari
- Using Mail, Calendar, and Contacts
- Messaging with iChat and Facetime
- Installing apps
- Sharing files and printer over a local network
- Backing up your Mac