TutorialsMacs Tips and TricksUpgrade to OSX Yosemite

Upgrade to OSX Yosemite

This lesson explains how to upgrade your Mac laptop from OSX Mavericks (10.9) to OSX Yosemite (10.10) using the Managed Software Center application installed on all Macs at the College. The upgrade process is completely automated once the install is started. This upgrade will take approximately 60 minutes.

NOTE: Please do not upgrade your Mac laptop through any means other than the Managed Software Center. All of the updates in Managed Software Center have been thoroughly tested to ensure compatibility with all College systems and software. Upgrading your computer using the Mac App Store is likely to result in issues with your laptop on the College network, including loss of AirPlay functionality, printing, network shares, and problems with some applications.

Launch the Managed Software Center application

Launch the Managed Software Center application

The first step to upgrade your laptop to OSX Yosemite is to launch the "Managed Software Center" application.

This app can normally be found in the dock, but if you don't see it there just click the Launchpad and search for it there, or using a spotlight search.

Check for Yosemite Upgrade "Readiness"

Most laptops at the College will be ready to install the latest OSX Yosemite upgrade. However, there are a few that we have identified that will require additional preparation before the upgrade can be applied.

To determine if your laptop is ready to be upgraded, click on the "Updates" tab in the Managed Software Center app to refresh the database, and then click the "Software" tab. If you see the "Install OSX Yosemite" option in the Software section, then your laptop is ready to be upgraded.

Install OSX Yosemite

Install OSX Yosemite

To install OSX Yosemite, simply click the "Install" button below the "Install OSX Yosemite" option in Managed Software Center. The update will begin to download.

IMPORTANT: Before beginning the upgrade, please plug your laptop into a charger, or ensure the battery is charged to at least 75%.

Follow Prompts to Upgrade

Follow Prompts to Upgrade

Once the OSX Yosemite upgrade package has downloaded, you will be prompted to logout and restart to allow the upgrade to complete. To complete the upgrade, click the "Log out and update" button.

The upgrade will now proceed without further prompts. Do not cancel or stop the upgrade once it has started.