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Can I get Catalina downloaded without jumping thru all these hoops?
Posted by: DP
Date: January 09, 2022 07:47AM
So I am coming into the 21st Century only because of needing to update some apps that won't work on anything lower than Catalina. And getting some help from other forum members, I find that on my old iMac I can't update higher than Catalina. I am at 10.14.6 loaded on an SSD from our sponsor but I want it on an external. I have a SanDisk 500GB SSD as an external but it is redundant so I erased it and am now trying to load Catalina on it.

So I go to Apple and get the 10.15.7 Combo Update but it says I need 10.15 before I can load .7. OK, I search for 10.15 but all that shows is 10.15.1 and up.

Do I use 10.15.1 or is there a 10.15.0?





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Re: Can I get Catalina downloaded without jumping thru all these hoops?
Posted by: modelamac
Date: January 09, 2022 07:53AM
USE 10.15.1.



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Re: Can I get Catalina downloaded without jumping thru all these hoops?
Posted by: DP
Date: January 09, 2022 08:08AM
Ha! Downloaded 10.15.1 and it says I need to download 10.15....





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Re: Can I get Catalina downloaded without jumping thru all these hoops?
Posted by: DP
Date: January 09, 2022 08:13AM
Oh, and the link I find that says "download 10.15" takes me to the download for 10.15.7! banghead smiley





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Re: Can I get Catalina downloaded without jumping thru all these hoops?
Posted by: clay
Date: January 09, 2022 08:38AM
what happens if you click the Catalina download link here?
[support.apple.com]
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Re: Can I get Catalina downloaded without jumping thru all these hoops?
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: January 09, 2022 08:50AM
Tried dosdude1's Catalina Patcher?

Patchers' feature a direct link to the mothership's servers.

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Re: Can I get Catalina downloaded without jumping thru all these hoops?
Posted by: DP
Date: January 09, 2022 09:14AM
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clay
what happens if you click the Catalina download link here?
[support.apple.com]

That link just takes me to hardware requirements for the various OS's.





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Re: Can I get Catalina downloaded without jumping thru all these hoops?
Posted by: DP
Date: January 09, 2022 09:15AM
Why do I need a Catalina Patcher?





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Re: Can I get Catalina downloaded without jumping thru all these hoops?
Posted by: clay
Date: January 09, 2022 10:23AM
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DP
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clay
what happens if you click the Catalina download link here?
[support.apple.com]

That link just takes me to hardware requirements for the various OS's.

scroll down that page. under the "Use Safari to download macOS on your Mac" heading. what do you see there? following that link opens up the App Store where I can download it.



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Re: Can I get Catalina downloaded without jumping thru all these hoops?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: January 09, 2022 10:30AM
What about installing High Sierra and upgrading from there?



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Re: Can I get Catalina downloaded without jumping thru all these hoops?
Posted by: heap1
Date: January 09, 2022 10:55AM
You should be able to download or install it from here.

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Re: Can I get Catalina downloaded without jumping thru all these hoops?
Posted by: Tiangou
Date: January 09, 2022 12:51PM
You said that you have a Late 2012 iMac?

Should be able to get it for a Late 2012 iMac running 10.14...

Try this App Store link:
[apps.apple.com]



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Re: Can I get Catalina downloaded without jumping thru all these hoops?
Posted by: DP
Date: January 09, 2022 02:05PM
What about installing High Sierra and upgrading from there?

I'm on 10.14.6 now.

"Use Safari to download macOS on your Mac" heading. what do you see there?

When I click on that, it takes me to this:


______________________________________________

The background window you see is what pops up. I click on Get. The Finding Update bar goes across and then the "Are you sure you want to download macOS Catalina 10.15.7?" window pops up.

You said that you have a Late 2012 iMac?

Should be able to get it for a Late 2012 iMac running 10.14...

Try this App Store link:
[apps.apple.com]


Takes me to the same window as above.





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Re: Can I get Catalina downloaded without jumping thru all these hoops?
Posted by: btfc
Date: January 09, 2022 02:33PM
So click on “Download”
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Re: Can I get Catalina downloaded without jumping thru all these hoops?
Posted by: DP
Date: January 09, 2022 04:59PM
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So click on “Download”

It's for 10.15.7 which I've already downloaded...





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Re: Can I get Catalina downloaded without jumping thru all these hoops?
Posted by: btfc
Date: January 09, 2022 05:43PM
“ So I go to Apple and get the 10.15.7 Combo Update “

“Combo Update” is not what you need.

“ It's for 10.15.7 which I've already downloaded...“

If you have a 10.15.7 INSTALLER then run it.


If not, ...
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Re: Can I get Catalina downloaded without jumping thru all these hoops?
Posted by: DP
Date: January 09, 2022 06:29PM
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btfc
“ So I go to Apple and get the 10.15.7 Combo Update “

“Combo Update” is not what you need.

“ It's for 10.15.7 which I've already downloaded...“

If you have a 10.15.7 INSTALLER then run it.


If not, ...

btfc-OK, when I run the installer, I get a window that says I need to install 10.15 first. I've downloaded 10.15.1 and that says I need to install 10.15 first.

I can't seem to even find a 10.15 download...





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Re: Can I get Catalina downloaded without jumping thru all these hoops?
Posted by: Tiangou
Date: January 09, 2022 06:34PM
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DP
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btfc
“ So I go to Apple and get the 10.15.7 Combo Update “

“Combo Update” is not what you need.

“ It's for 10.15.7 which I've already downloaded...“

If you have a 10.15.7 INSTALLER then run it.


If not, ...

btfc-OK, when I run the installer, I get a window that says I need to install 10.15 first. I've downloaded 10.15.1 and that says I need to install 10.15 first.

I can't seem to even find a 10.15 download...

The one that you get from the Software Update panel in the System Preferences is the full-installer. The link to the App Store will -- as you observed -- open the Software Update panel to download the installer.

If you successfully download the installer from the Software Update panel, it will open an installer window. From there, you can select the drive that you want to install it on and do the install.

If you quit the installer, it will leave the "Install macOS Catalina" app in your Applications folder for you to use whenever you feel like it.



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Re: Can I get Catalina downloaded without jumping thru all these hoops?
Posted by: DP
Date: January 10, 2022 06:33AM
OK, success! Just following thru from the Software Update window did the trick.

It's just me I guess but I started by going to Apple Support and searching for the Catalina Download which is how the confusion started. When I downloaded the .dmg's for 10.15.7 and back to 10.15.1 and opened them, and got the "you need 10.15 before using the others" and then saw the 10.15.7 in Software Update, well...

But, again, thx for all the help and will get Catalina set up and then I'll fiddle-fart with it later!





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Re: Can I get Catalina downloaded without jumping thru all these hoops?
Posted by: btfc
Date: January 10, 2022 03:31PM
Good to hear!
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