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About unnamed macOS installers...
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: November 07, 2019 03:42PM
A few days ago I posted about how, after downloading an installer from Apple I had no idea what it was.

Typically, opening an installer takes you to a page one click away from installing, with a big and name of the OS you're about to install. At that point you can quit the installer and store it somewhere safe.

That didn't happen for me. I got a .dmg that opened to show an Install .pkg. Opening that just took me to an Install page with no info.

As it turns out this is explained on the page of links I posted but didn't read carefully. The salient bit:

macOS Sierra and El Capitan download as a disk image that contains an installer named InstallOS.pkg or InstallMacOSX.pkg. Run this installer before continuing.

Then find the installer in your Applications folder as a single ”Install” file, such as Install macOS Catalina.


The other OSs on that page download as the familiar Install Yosemite or similar.




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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 11/07/2019 04:00PM by RAMd®d.
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