Can you upgrade from Tiger to Snow Leopard?

Rizen

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My friend wants to upgrade her Mac from Tiger to Snow Leopard. However she was only able to find these two packages:

* Mac OS X v10.5 (Leopard): Upgrade your Mac by purchasing Mac OS X Snow Leopard for $29
* Mac OS X v10.4 (Tiger): Upgrade by purchasing the Mac Box Set, which includes Snow Leopard, iLife ’09, and iWork ’09, for just $169.

She doesn't want the $169 kit with iWork since she has Office for Mac. Is there a cheaper way of upgrading?
 

Rizen

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No, she has an Intel-based MacBook from a few years ago. Sorry, should have included that in the OP.
 

bloo

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i'm not sure if its possible, but i've had issues with upgrades in general (even from 10.5 to 10.6), so i'd suggest a clean install of SL.

back up her drive, fresh install of SL, then migrate.
 

aaronearles

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Yeah the $29 upgrade copy will let you do a clean install no problem, although as Zum stated, not technically allowed.
 

ryken

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Yeah the $29 upgrade copy will let you do a clean install no problem, although as Zum stated, not allowed per the EULA, which has different legal implications depending on the federal district you live in.

fixed for better accuracy
 
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Technically, the Snow Leopard upgrade disk can do a full install. The terms of the EULA require leopard installed before performing the upgrade to Snow Leopard. The legality of doing so without Leopard is up for debate.
 

Serpico

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I don't think it really matters or that they care, otherwise I think they'd use registration keys like they do with their Pro applications.
 

MattyC

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I am sure they care, but I doubt they think it is worth troubling users for keys and the like when the vast majority of people installing OS X are installing it on their hardware that they made a decent chunk of change on. It is one of the benefits Apple has being the hardware and software vendor.
 
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