Mac App Store is gone???

Goofball53

Registered
I have an older Macbook Pro, probably around like a 2005-06. Its running OS X 10.6.8. Supposdely, 10.6.6 and later is suppose to have the Mac App Store, but this computer doesn't for some reason. I'm not sure if its unsupported or what... but it seems I can't upgrade to the 10.7 or 10.8 without the Mac App Store.

I went here, http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1399
thinking that if I manually downloaded the update that contained the App Store, I would be able to access it, however I the message "this update can only be installed on Mac's w/ OS 10.6.6 or EARLIER.

I'm thinking of trying this update, but I wanted thoughts/suggestions beforehand...
http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1399

I ran Software Update, but it doesn't find any available updates....
 

earthsaver

Ben R.
Good thinking! The 10.6.8 combo update would have been my first suggestion, too. You'll be able to upgrade to Lion but not Mountain Lion due to the age of your Mac.
 

DeltaMac

Tech
The updater that you linked: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1399
should be the correct one to reinstall on your MacBook Pro. It will install on ANY version of 10.6, up to and including 10.6.8, and result in a fully up-to-date 10.6.8 system.
If you get the message again that 10.6.6 or earlier is required, then that may be the result of trying to retrieve ONLY the App Store from the updater. Your better choice is to simply run the updater, and let that complete.

Double-check that you are actually running 10.6.8 (in your Apple Menu/About this Mac)
If you have 10.6.8, then you will see App Store in that Apple menu, too, directly under Software Update (the app name is App Store, not Mac App Store, so maybe that's why you might not see that)
 

Goofball53

Registered
Omg!!!!!!!!!!! When i go the the apple menu it says the mac is running 10.6.8, but there is no app store in the menu or in the applications folder.

I understand that 10.6.8 is suppose to have the app store in the apple menu but this mac doesn't thats why i'm posting this!!!!!!!!!!!

Please don't post/reply to this thread if you are simply going to tell me to run software update another 10 times
 

earthsaver

Ben R.
So far, neither of us has asked you to run Software Update. Have you tried downloading and running the combo update you originally suggested?
 

DeltaMac

Tech
That's correct.... and we're not trying to be annoying - but simply giving you the benefit of our experience.
I expect that you have already tried Software Update. If all updates are installed, I DON'T expect that Software Update will help you at all, yet.
However, running the 10.6.8 combo update, and letting that install, should result in the App Store in the proper place.
If you, instead, get that same error "requires 10.6.6 or earlier", then you either downloaded the wrong updater - (try that again, using the correct link that you posted - http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1399) That updater install usually takes 15 minutes or more to install, so that's a way to check if things are going properly with that updater.
If that STILL gets you nowhere with the App Store, then boot to your Snow Leopard installer DVD. Do a "Repair Disk" from Disk Utility (find that in the Utilities menu). That's different from Repair Disk Permission, which won't be helpful in this case. If the hard drive tests OK, quit Disk Utility, and then continue with an OS X install. This type of install will NOT wipe your hard drive, but will reinstall a fresh OS X system on top of what you already have. Should not disturb your own files and other apps that you might have installed. Next step after that reinstall, is to run that 10.6.8 combined updater. THEN, run software update to get your 10.6.8 system fully up-to-date again. After the OS X reinstall, you will definitely get updates in your Software Update now. And - when those updates are complete, you'll surely have the App Store where it's supposed to be.
See? Nothing here about running Software Update 10 times - that would not be worth the effort in any case.
 
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