I was given a MacBook Air from my step mother because she never used it. I tried upgrading everything but every time I try to update it, it stays the same old version. Do i need to go to the store first?

It's still on OS X 10.6.8

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    Hi - and welcome to Ask Different! As for your MacBook Air - you can upgrade to 10.9 using the following instructions from Apple (apple.com/osx/how-to-upgrade). And, if you get stuck, don't hesitate to ask more questions here - or visit an Apple Store for help. That is what they do. – Scot Jan 4 '14 at 21:31
  • We may need a little more information here in order to help - were you able to download the 10.9 (Mavericks) installer - and what happened when you tried to apply it? – Scot Jan 4 '14 at 21:37
  1. Open the Mac App Store (/Applications/App Store.app)
  2. Download the OS X Mavericks app.
  3. Run it from the /Applications folder if it doesn't automatically run.
  4. Follow the instructions.

It's been a long time since I was working on 10.6.8. To my knowledge the upgrade is easier than you think. I hope the following steps are accurate and give you the requested outcome, a working OS X Mavericks (10.9).

1. Click on the little Apple logo in the top left corner of your screen.

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2. A drop-down menu should appear looking like this (see below). Press Software Update....

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3. Then the following window should pop up (see below). Press Show Details.

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4. The window below should appear. In line 1 (Mac OS X Update) you should see under version 10.9.1. (Ignore the other options for now). Make sure the blue box in front of Mac OS X Update is ticked and all others un-ticked.

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5. Finally, there are 3 buttons at the bottom of this window looking like this. Instead of 5 items (like in the image) it should say Install 1 Item. Press this button and from there you should have clear guidance.

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Good Luck!!

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    Major updates (10.x) are not distributed through Software Update. – grg Jan 4 '14 at 22:50
  • My bad, I forgot about that completely :/ Thanks for correcting me. I have up-voted yours so mine does not get in the way. I forgot there was an App Store for that long. – fsimkovic Jan 4 '14 at 22:52
  • Felix is correct that you need to install 10.6.8 before the App store will allow you to upgrade further. – bmike Jan 5 '14 at 2:39
  • @bmike She mentions though at the end of her post that It's still on OS X 10.6.8. Thus, I guess my post is fairly useless. – fsimkovic Jan 5 '14 at 6:25

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