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Upgrading to EL CAPITAN from 10.6

by fgMission48 / May 15, 2016 2:02 AM PDT

I have an Imac with MacOS 10.6 with 2.16 Ghz Intel duo core, 2 gig memory and I want to know if I upgrade to El Capitan for free from Apple, will there be some problems with my ADOBE CS6 software ? I need to do this so I can installl Norton Utilities. Thank you !

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My thoughts. Don't do this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 15, 2016 10:16 AM PDT

1. Forget Norton. Long discussion why.
2. CS6 is pretty dated so no reason to risk losing it.
3. 2GB is very slim. My bet is you won't be happy.

My thought is to keep on using this as is.

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As they say in all the good Hospital movies,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / May 15, 2016 4:19 PM PDT

I concur...Especially about Norton Utilities!


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Norton ? So what ?
by itsdigger / May 15, 2016 5:11 PM PDT

Who wants Norton on a Mac anyway ?
Why not stay put with Snow Leopard? Isn't it performing as it should ?

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Stay with 10.6
by lmorrison101 / July 5, 2016 2:22 PM PDT

I recommend keeping your iMac on Mac OS X 10.6 simply because your mac barely meets the minimum specs to upgrade (In fact, i'm not really sure if it can!). To upgrade to El Capitan, i'd recommend you do this on a Mac with at least:

- 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
- 6GB DDR2 or 4GB DDR3 ram
- 320GB Hard Drive

Even my MacBook Pro (13" 2009) with a 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo and 4GB DDR3 runs poorly. Boot times have increased by nearly 20 seconds, there's no support for PowerPC applications, and the new interface is a pretty sharp change and hard to get used to. If you have Mac OS X 10.6, you can upgrade for free to 10.6.8 from Software Update (Apple logo > Software Update) which brings many improvements to an Operating System you're familiar with.

Good luck

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