Solution OSX Mavericks Installation – Download Error

Releasing OS X 10.9 Mavericks completely free is one of the best things that Apple has done. Downloading it or upgrading your current system is a simple matter but, as with any software, it hasn’t gone all that smoothly for everyone.  The download servers are struggling to keep up with all the requests and, as such, you may find yourself having to wait.  There are a few other issues that users have reported as well so we have a few tips to help you try to sort the problems out.  These solutions are not guaranteed to work for everyone and are not permanent:

Download Errors on Mavericks OSX :

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In order to install Mavericks you have to be able to download it and here is where some people are suffering.  Some are finding the file is not downloading, others that Launchpad is pausing itself for no apparent reason.  This may be because of the backlog on the servers so you might want to think about waiting a day or two for the rush to die down a little.  If you are downloading it now, keep Launchpad open so you can keep an eye on the progress, and ensure it doesn’t automatically pause during the process.

Installation Problems

If you managed to download the file properly now you have to install it.  One of the more common issues seems to be tha the install stops halfway through and doesn’t go any further.  This could be because the install itself is having “a moment” and you won’t be able to get out of it.  The best thing to do here is to restart your entire system and try again.

Make a Bootable Drive

Just occasionally, the only way to do things is the old way by making a bootable drive.  While it is a bit time-consuming and, you may think, unnecessary, it can be one way of ensuring that OS X Mavericks gets installed safely on your Mac.  Here’s how to do it:

You Will Need:

  • An 8GB or bigger USB Flash or equivalent space on an external hard drive.
  • OS X Mavericks Installer in your applications folder
  • The most up to date version of DiskMaker X
  • An admin account on the Mac you are installing Mavericks on

Steps to Make a Bootable Drive:

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  1. Install DiskMaker X to your applications folder
  2. Open it and select OS X Mavericks 10.9 – the copy you saved earlier you should automatically be found.  If not, click on Use Another Copy  and locate it
  3. Tell DiskMaker X where you want the files saved to – either your USB or external drive
  4. The files will now be copied over. How-to-Upgrade-to-OS-X-Mavericks

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