When I try to download the Xcode 4.4 update I'm presented with this error:

Xcode can’t be installed on “Mac HD” because the version of OS X is too new.

But the change log says that the update is for Lion and Mountain Lion.

  • Also deleting Xcode then trying to download from MAS results in the same error. Jul 26, 2012 at 3:18
  • Can we assume that sw_vers has 10.8 and a build version of 12A269 on your Mac?
    – bmike
    Jul 26, 2012 at 3:30
  • Yes, 12A269. So no MAS update for GM? Jul 26, 2012 at 3:31
  • I have the same issue v4.4 cannot be installed, 12A269
    – aCuria
    Jul 26, 2012 at 7:52

1 Answer 1


You can manually clear the store where the App Store saves the downloads before completion:

  1. Quit the App Store app
  2. Open Terminal.app (search with Spotlight)
  3. rm -r /private/var/folders/*/*/*/com.apple.appstore

    This step is the removal part...

  4. Restart the App store.app

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