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How to upgrade safely to the new Mac OS X El Capitan

How to upgrade safely to the new Mac OS X El Capitan
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It's an exciting day for Mac users - the latest version of OS X, known as El Capitan, is available as a free download today. It replaces OS X Yosemite, which brought big changes to the Mac operating system environment. El Capitan isn't a major overhaul, but has some tweaks like split-screen that users will likely enjoy.

Should you upgrade now? There's no particular reason to hold back if you're anxious to try out El Capitan. It's been beta-tested by users for months now, so it should have most of the bugs out of its system (unless you're trying to run Office 2016 - we'll get to that shortly).

So if you're going to upgrade to El Capitan, there are a few things you should do. First, make sure your Mac is compatible with the new OS X. If you're running Yosemite, or its predecessor Mavericks, you should be fine. Here is a list of the El Capitan compatible Mac models:

  • iMac - Mid 2007 or newer
  • MacBook - Aluminum late 2008/early 2009 or newer
  • MacBook Air - Late 2008 or newer
  • MacBook Pro - 13-inch, mid 2009 or newer | 15-inch, mid/late 2007 or newer | 17-inch, late 2007 or newer
  • Mac Mini - Early 2009 or newer
  • Mac Pro - Early 2008 or newer
Next page: What to do before you upgrade, and issues with Office 2016
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