Apple's newest operating system for the Mac, OS X Mavericks, introduced several new features. But it also introduced some bugs and even took away some features without good reason. If you've been frustrated by Mavericks, or have found that an application you frequently use doesn't work with it, here's how to downgrade back to OS X Mountain Lion.

  1. Upgrade Os X Mountain Lion
  2. Upgrade To Mavericks From Mountain Lion 2
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OS X Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, or Mavericks: If you are using an older version of OS X such as Leopard, you will need to upgrade to Snow Leopard (version 10.6. 8) before upgrading to Yosemite. Apple Mavericks: Price. Apple has been steadily dropping the price for upgrades over time for a while now and we expect Apple Mavericks to cost around the same as previous updates. Indeed the upgrade from Mac OS X Lion to Mountain Lion wa just £13.99 at launch ($19.99 in the US). Like Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) and Lion (OS X 10.7) before it, OS X 10.9 Mavericks is as easy to install as downloading an installer from the Mac App Store and double-clicking. But there are still.

First make sure you have a backup of all of your data. Time Machine is a pretty simple solution for this, but Leo has also recommended Super Duper in the past.

If you have an OS X Mountain Lion restore disc, just insert that and run the installer. When the computer restarts, go into options and choose 'Custom Install' and select the erase and install option. Apple is actually still selling copies of Mac OS X Mountain Lion at for $19.99.

Upgrade Os X Mountain Lion

Alternatively if you have a Time Machine backup from OS X Mountain Lion, you can use that to restore your system. Just reboot the Mac and hold down Command + R to boot into the restore menu. Then choose the most recent backup with OS 10.8.

Another option is to use Apple's Internet Recovery to reinstall the original version of Mac OS X that came with your computer. To do this, hold down Command, Option, and R while the computer is booting up. Then open Disk Utility, choose your hard drive and erase the drive. Then continue installing OS X.

Upgrade To Mavericks From Mountain Lion 2

In general, it's a good idea to wait before upgrading an operating system until the second update has been released. This allows bugs to be fixed and applications to be updated to run as expected on the new operating system.