How do i figure out what version of Mac OS I am running. And can I update this?

I have a Mac Book G4 from late 2006. I am trying to download a program that requires I have Mac OS 10.5 or better. I regularly do the updates my Mac tells me to do when they come up but this program wont run on my machine.
How do I find out what version I am running and can I install a new version?

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3 Responses to How do i figure out what version of Mac OS I am running. And can I update this?

  1. John D says:

    In the top left hand corner of your screen you should have a little Apple symbol, which is the top of your Apple menu. The first item on that menu is usually “About this Mac”. Select that item, and you should get a little pop-up menu telling you what version of the operating system you are running and the amount of memory you have. The menu item below “About this Mac” should be “Software Update”, which will connect to Apple’s web site and update you to the latest version of the main release you have – that is, if you were running OS X 10.4, it’ll update you to the latest 10.4.XX (which is 10.5.11 I think) but it won’t update you to 10.5.

    If you think are running a MacBook from late 2006 with a G4 processor, it’s probably a PowerBook G4. The MacBooks had Intel processors. For that era, either way, you’re probably running OS X 10.4 (Tiger). Software Update will update you to 10.4.11. To get higher than that, you need to buy a copy of 10.5 (Leopard) or 10.6 (Snow Leopard). 10.6 won’t be an option if you have a G4 Mac, as it runs on Intel processors only.

  2. cory2107 says:

    To find your current version, click the Apple logo in the upper-left corner, then select “About This Mac.” It will tell you your OS version, along with some other information.

    There is no such thing as MacBook G4. If you have a G4 (you may have Intel, see next paragraph for that), then as long as your processor is at least 867MHz (it will tell in “About This Mac,” and have 512MB RAM (also shown in “About This Mac”), you can upgrade to Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, but Apple is not selling it any more, because they have a newer version out. You can buy Leopard online at various sites. You can search for it.

    If you have an Intel MacBook variant (if “About This Mac” shows Intel processor), you need to also make sure you have 1GB RAM. If you do, you can instead upgrade to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Snow Leopard can be purchased here:
    http://www.apple.com/macosx

  3. hpgwdthefan says:

    Click on the Apple in the very top left corner of your screen. To see what software you are currently running, click on “About This Mac.” If you then want to see if there are any updates to your software, click on the second option, “Software Update,” then it will load for a minute or so and then tell you if there are any updates. These updates will only be for your operating system however, if you have 10.5, that means you just have Leopard, not Snow Leopard, so if you would like to update to that, you have to go to the Apple store and buy it for $29.

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