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Mac OS X Mountain Lion (v. 10.8) at Boston College

Apple released Mountain Lion (v. 10.8) commercially in July 2012. Learn more from Apple.

Licensing, support, and recommendations

Most new Mac computers distributed through the BCCR program have Mountain Lion (v. 10.8) installed on them [except high-end laptops (15” Macbook Pro), which have Mavericks (v. 10.9)].

How can I get a copy of Mountain Lion (v. 10.8)?

Before you upgrade, make sure all your other software is compatible with this version.

Faculty & staff

  • For BC-owned computers that were distributed through the BCCR program, upgrade licenses are available. If you're interested in upgrading to Mountain Lion (v. 10.8), please contact your TC for details.
  • For all other BC-owned computers, email licensing@bc.edu to request an upgrade.

We recommend that you contact your TC for assistance with upgrading to Mountain Lion (v. 10.8).

Students & personally-owned computers

You can purchase Mountain Lion (v. 10.8) online at Apple. We recommend you get assistance with upgrading to Mountain Lion (v. 10.8). Students can bring their computer to the Walk-In Help Desk in O'Neill 248.

Which option should I choose to install Mountain Lion (v. 10.8)?

To install Mountain Lion (v. 10.8), you have 3 options:

  • Upgrade (recommended)
  • Clean install
  • Archive and install

We recommend you backup your data before installing Mountain Lion (v. 10.8).

Important notes about Mountain Lion (v. 10.8):

  • Installing Mountain Lion (v. 10.8) may take 1.5 hours to 3 hours or more (if you migrate your data and reinstall applications).
  • Mac OS 9 is not supported on Mountain Lion (v. 10.8), which means that no Classic applications will work.
  • Mountain Lion (v10.8) is not compatible with Non-Intel Macs.