Information Computing and Technology Services

Upgrade Your System's Operating System
University-Owned Systems

ECU has a license for Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion. However, before requesting an upgrade, check that your system meets minimum requirements and that all additional software is compatible with the upgrade.

Check your Mac's OS

Yosemite Requirements

Please check that, before you install Yosemite, there is at least 4GB memory. If there are software issues after the upgrade, the system must be wiped as there is no downgrade.

For more information, visit Apple's Yosemite support page.

Yosemite Features iCloud Drive Access

However, there are cloud computing restrictions pertaining to ECU information of which you should be aware:

"ECU data cannot be stored external to the university network (in the "cloud") without the proper authorization and approval of the department head, data owner, and CIO (Chief Information Officer)"

For more information, please visit the IT Security cloud computing page.


 

Mavericks Requirements

VMWare Fusion or Parallels users may wish to increase the system's memory if it is less than 8GB.

Minimum Requirements:

  • OS X Mountain Lion, Lion or Snow Leopard V10 6.8 installed
  • 8GB memory (or more)
NOT SUPPORTED: PowerMacs, PowerBooks, iBooks, iMacs, eMacs, G4 Mac Mini or the Cube. Also, iCloud is not supported by ITCS. For more information, visit Apple's Mavericks support page.

 

Mountain Lion Requirements

VMWare Fusion or Parallels users may wish to increase the memory of their machine if it is 8GB or less.

Minimum Requirements:

  • OS X v10 6.8 already installed
  • 4GB memory (or more)
NOT SUPPORTED: PowerMacs, PowerBooks, iBooks, iMacs, eMacs, G4 Mac Mini or the Cube. Also, iCloud is not supported by ITCS. For more information, visit Apple's Mountain Lion Suport page.

 

Lion Requirements

VMWare Fusion or Parallels users may need to increase the system's memory if it is less than 8GB.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo, i3, i5, i7 or Xeon processor
  • 4GB RAM
NOT SUPPORTED: PowerMacs, PowerBooks, iBooks, iMacs, eMacs, G4 Mac mini or the Cube. Also, iCloud is not supported by ITCS.

For more information, visit Apple's Lion support page.

See these instructions on setting the dock indicator for Lion.


 

About This Mac image
To Check Your System's OS, first look at the apple in the top left of the screen.
  • A striped, multicolored apple is OS 9 or below
  • A blue apple indicates X.1 to X.4
  • A dark grey apple indicates X.5 or higher
Confirm this from the Apple menu >> About this mac dialog (picture left)

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