Does anyone know how to download Mavericks from Yosemite? I'm trying to get the image to put on a different computer but it won't let me download it from the App Store.

I click "download" and it says "OS X 10.10 is already installed on this computer. Are you sure you want to download OS X 10.9?". I click "OK" and it does absolutely nothing.


Solution for anyone looking for it: How to re-download Lion from Mountain Lion

Same thing works here.

  • Open App Store
  • Modify /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemVersion.plist and set 10.10 to 10.8
  • Start Download
  • Revert modifications
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    @patrix -- That's an extremely opinionated and pointless reason to list something as off-topic
    – None
    Commented Jul 4, 2014 at 20:45
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    @patrix -- This question has nothing to do with Yosemite, it just happens to be what I'm using, and so it is perfectly on-topic. "How do I download 10.9 from 10.10" is off topic, but "How do I download 10.8 from 10.9" is on topic? That is an absurd distinction. I'm not discussing beta features, or anything specific to Yosemite. The question you linked to even leaves it open to interpretation and simply closing a question because it has the word "Beta", or in this case "Yosemite" in it isn't right. meta.apple.stackexchange.com/questions/1331/…
    – None
    Commented Jul 5, 2014 at 18:28
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    Let me backstep here a bit, as we explicitly seem to have thought about leaving "how do I get back from a beta to the latest public release" in scope. I've reopened the question, can you please move your answer text into an answer of its own (and accept it)? Sorry for the initial close.
    – nohillside
    Commented Jul 5, 2014 at 20:21
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    Please take this up on Ask Different Meta so several people can see the discussion. With 30k rep on SO can I presume you understand moderation and meta?
    – bmike
    Commented Jul 28, 2014 at 3:20
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    Yosemite OS X is now public beta, so above is moot. Also, great tip, thank you!
    – Rudi
    Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 6:27


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