But apart from being unsupported that brings another caveat. Just installing that will work, but is no fine experience at all. That will slow you down. Using APFS on hdds and why you might not want to. You also have to keep in mind that your graphics card is not exchangeable and does not supported Metal.
The problems do not end there. And the list of hacks and workarounds you might have to hunt down is also long. If you have some time on your hand, the following thread lists some experiences in attempting this:. Personal commentary: on that hardware That is currently at least also updated with security patches. As per the General Requires mentioned in the linked technical specifications page, you should be fine running macOS High Sierra.
Overall performance will depend on the kind and number of apps running simultaneously on your Mac. If you're worried about the specs of your MacBook Pro affecting performance, then change the specs!
You can very easily open the bottom case and add more memory, which will help enormously. Swapping the hard drive for an SSD in a Unibody is also fairly straightforward. Then you can worry about upgrading. Sign up to join this community. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. Will macOS Mojave Ask Question. Asked 1 year, 5 months ago. Active 1 year, 2 months ago. Viewed 2k times.
Nimesh Neema Hilarious Hilarious 3 3 bronze badges. In my experience, High Sierra is more performant than El Capitan. Mavericks is more performant than both, and is what I would use if I was in your situation—but since it's not getting security updates, I can't really recommend that per se.
Active Oldest Votes. As Nimesh already noted in his answer, that MacBook Pro is no longer supported. Using APFS on hdds and why you might not want to You also have to keep in mind that your graphics card is not exchangeable and does not supported Metal. It is possible to install it.
But probably not really worth it. If you have some time on your hand, the following thread lists some experiences in attempting this: macOS To start the conversation again, simply ask a new question. I've seen the requirements for upgrading to macOS Sierra and they do not include the early iMac as being upgradeable to the latest version of macOS.
My question is, however, is there any way to upgrade my iMac to allow it to accept macOS Sierra without buying a new iMac, Mac Pro, or Mac mini or a used one that is newer than early?
If so, what would need to be done? It seems strange that Apple would force iMac users to buy new computers in order to run the latest OS after only 8 years since that other major operating system's '95 version was around for more than a decade, as I recall.
Posted on Nov 23, AM. Please make a backup of your current system prior to attempting this. You will need a copy of Sierra before you start, as your iMac is too old it won't let you download it so you will have to use another mac that is supported to do this. On the supported mac download Sierra, and before it starts the installation look in the Applications folder for Install macOSSierra. Posted on Aug 11, AM. Thanks for all the help and info!
And, while I'm sure that a pc that originally ran '95 wouldn't be able to run 10, 8 years still seems like a short time to be able to use a Mac before it needs replacing, at least to me. Aug 11, AM. Page content loaded. Nov 23, AM in response to E. Kennedy In response to E.
Try actually running Windows 10 on an 8 year old PC some time Nov 23, AM. My question is, however, is there any way to upgrade my iMac to allow it to accept macOS Sierra without buying a new iMac. Aug 11, AM in response to E. Jun 19, AM in response to E. No computer can be expected to be anything besides a dinosaur after 8 years. It's been like that since the dawn of computing.
By the time I was forced to give up my 8-yr old Mac Plus in with a whole kb of RAMit was so badly obsolete that it was not much better than a paperweight. Rule of thumb: Don't expect your computer to outlive your dog Jun 19, AM. Aug 9, PM in response to ye4jim In response to ye4jim.
Aug 9, PM. Aug 9, PM in response to cesar In response to cesar See Eau Rouge's "Solved" reply. It's possible to patch Sierra but many features still won't be available and there's really no point to running Sierra since your machine doesn't support it.
Unless you just want to say "I'm running Sierra". Aug 9, PM in response to dialabrain In response to dialabrain. I know the availability of this "upgrade" is due to the MacPro Early and later MacPro models' architecture being virtually the same, but I have no idea if the same serendipitous circumstances apply in the iMac line-up.
Aug 9, PM in response to ttreen In response to ttreen Aug 9, PM in response to E. Even a year makes a difference. I just acquired a very pristine iMac for a household member, who was struggling with a with 6GB of RAM and a dead internal drive. It was a big leap forward for our purposes. I have seen the models going for very little money on eBay.Your Mac also needs at least 2GB of memory and 8. Time Machine makes it simple, and other backup methods are also available.
Learn how to back up your Mac. It takes time to download and install OS X, so make sure that you have a reliable Internet connection. If you're using a Mac notebook computer, plug it into AC power. Double-click the downloaded file to open a window showing its contents. Click Continue and follow the onscreen instructions. You might find it easiest to begin installation in the evening so that it can complete overnight, if needed. Please allow installation to complete without putting your Mac to sleep or closing its lid.
Your Mac might restart, show a progress bar, or show a blank screen several times as it installs both OS X and related updates to your Mac firmware. Get connected It takes time to download and install OS X, so make sure that you have a reliable Internet connection. Install the macOS installer Double-click the downloaded file to open a window showing its contents.
Follow the onscreen instructions, which will guide you through the steps necessary to install. Allow installation to complete Please allow installation to complete without putting your Mac to sleep or closing its lid.
Yes No. Character limit: Maximum character limit is Ask other users about this article Ask other users about this article.When OS X shipped on a DVD a good number of years ago, you always had the convenience of a bootable installer—an OS X installer that could be used to boot your Mac if its own drive was having problems. In other words, you no longer have the same safety net or convenience. If you need to install El Capitan on multiple Macs, using a bootable installer drive is faster and more convenient than downloading or copying the entire installer to each computer.
If you want to erase the drive on a Mac before installing El Capitan, or start over at any time, you can use a dedicated installer drive to boot that Mac, erase its drive, and then install the OS and subsequently restore whatever data you need from your backups.
And if your Mac is experiencing problems, a bootable installer drive makes a handy emergency disk.
OS X Recovery lets you repair your drive and reinstall OS X, but to perform the latter task, you must wait—each time you use it—for the entire 6GB of installer data to download. I show you how, below. However, unlike any other app, if you run the OS X installer from that default location, the app deletes itself after it's done installing OS X.
If you plan to use the OS X installer on other Macs, or—in this case—to create a bootable installer drive, be sure to copy the installer to another drive, or at least move it out of the Applications folder, before you use it to install the OS on your Mac. If you don't, you'll have to redownload the installer from the Mac App Store before you can use the instructions below.
Follow this tutorial to properly format the drive if you're using OS X Yosemite or older.How to Install macOS 10.15 Catalina on an Unsupported Mac
In my articles on creating a bootable installer drive for older versions of OS X, I provided three, or even four, different ways to perform the procedure, depending on which version of OS X you were running, your comfort level with Terminal, and other factors. Starting with Mavericks, the OS X installer hosts a hidden Unix program called createinstallmedia specifically for creating a bootable installer drive.
Using it requires the use of Terminal, but createinstallmedia works well, it's officialand performing the procedure requires little more than copying and pasting. The only real drawback to createinstallmedia is that it doesn't work under OS X If you absolutely refuse to go near Terminal, an El Capitan-compatible version of DiskMaker X is now availablealthough I haven't yet had the chance to test it.
Copy complete. Making disk bootable Copying boot files The procedure can take as little as a couple minutes, or as long as 20 to 30 minutes, depending on how fast your Mac can copy data to the destination drive.
Once you see Copy Complete. You can boot any El Capitan-compatible Mac from your new installer drive. First, connect the drive to your Mac. Then, restart your Mac or, if it's currently shut down, start it up while holding down the Option key. Alternatively, if your Mac is already booted into OS X, you may be able to choose the installer drive in the Startup Disk pane of System Preferences, and then click restart. In fact, you'll see the same OS X Utilities screen you get when you boot into OS X Recovery—but unlike with recovery mode, your bootable installer includes the entire installer.
Macworld also has bootable-install-drive instructions for Yosemite OS X Your OS X user account must also have administrator privileges.The easiest way for Mac users can download and install macOS Sierra Click on the Download button, and your Mac will download the installer to your Applications folder. This release is supported with security updates, and the previous releases—macOS When Apple releases macOS The apps can be downloaded directly to iOS devices or onto a personal Mac computer via iTunes.
It is safe to delete, you will just be unable to install macOS Sierra until you re-download the installer from the Mac AppStore. Nothing at all except you would have to download it again if you ever need it. After install, the file would usually be deleted anyway, unless you move it to another location. Apple revealed macOS The final build of macOS High Sierra, To reiterate, it is possible to download the installer for an older versions the Mac App Store but only if you are running macOS High Sierra or older.
If you are running macOS Mojave this will not be possible. Download the macOS Sierra installer. If you want to install High Sierra later, just dismiss the notification.
I own a MacBook Pro mid I haven't been able to update my OS past El Capitan and I'm worried about security updates that aren't being addressed by running an older OS. The computer hardware seems to prevent me from making any OS updates. Are there any other solutions besides purchasing a new computer? Posted on Nov 17, PM. If you are careful about what you download and where you search on the Internet, your computer is useable without the latest security updates.
My last computer had a That was after El Capitan was released, so the OS was 5 versions behind. By being careful, I never had any problems.
I would make sure that you had at least 2 separate backups on 2 separate drives in case you have problems. That will allow you to recover. Nov 17, PM. Page content loaded. Depending on how you choose to upgrade to a newer later system and if your hardware is ready, the. If you have hardware or software that isn't compatible with Mojave, you might be able to install. Make sure with any upgrade to Sierra and higher, that all your software is compatible and your data is backed up before you make the leap.
I wrote these articles on upgrading to each:. Note with High Sierra and higher, if you have an SSD or Flash drive, it automatically formats the drive to be incompatible with older systems.
Security on older systems is not as huge a deal on El Capitan and up becoming obsolete, although Safari is not being updated. Malwarebytes is compatible El Capitan, and so is Avast. You can remove Malwarebytes while not in using using Piriform Cleaner. But don't use it to empty system cache, as that may affect launching of applications. And be careful of cookies, as some may retain passwords to websites that you may have forgotten.
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Notebooks Speciality level out of ten: 0. More Less. Helpful answers Drop Down menu. View answer in context. Loading page content. User profile for user: K Shaffer K Shaffer. Desktops Speciality level out of ten: 1. Reply Helpful Thread reply - more options Link to this Post.Joaquim Barbosa on February 23, Citing various incompatibilities and hardware deficiencies, they cut out a large swathe of machines from running Sierra.
However, many Mac owners have questioned their motives, observing that some machines have made the cut whilst their more powerful contemporaries such as the MacBook Pro have mysteriously been left behind. Please note, some machines have issues, as the table reports. The most common is a lack of Wi-Fi due to the unsupported BCM card in some machines, but this can often be replaced.
If you have one of the models listed above and want to give Sierra a try, follow our instructions below to make a modified Sierra installer with Sierra Patcher. To download this via the Mac App Store you will need access to a supported machine.
However, a direct download or a download inside a macOS VM can circumvent this requirement. SIP must remain disabled at all times for this method to work, even after initial installation. Do not be alarmed by this. Navigate to your Applications folder and select it.
Enter your password when prompted. I recommend doing this for a fresh start. The installation will now begin. Keep an eye on it, as it will reboot halfway through to complete the installation and you must be ready when it does.
The machine will try to boot up and fail. Simply hold the power button down until it turns off, then turn it on again. The utility correctly identified my machine as a MacBookPro5,5 so that is what I selected from the list.
This is the only must-have patch which is not enabled by default. Mine was called Macintosh HD. This is only useful if your patches do not seem to have taken hold for any reason. This time, at the boot drive selection screen, do not select the USB drive, select the hard drive of your unsupported machine to boot from.
The machine will now boot up and finish the installation. Allow it to complete and it should take you into your new Sierra installation on your supposedly unsupported Mac. The patcher is still being updated so you can expect support to continue through future versions of Sierra too. A recent update to the tool also enabled macOS updates to be received through the Mac App Store, so even that aspect is vanilla now.
Please note that if you are using a Hackintosh and not a real Mac then this tool is not needed. The patcher is only required for genuine Mac hardware.