Okay, NO. I am not trying to install sierra on my windows pc. I have an imac that currently has no operating system, so im trying to install it from a flashdrive. I cannot seem to find a link to download it online on windows. is it only possible using safari or an apple computer? Probably a stupid question but Im
Okay, NO. I am not trying to install sierra on my windows pc. I have an imac that currently has no operating system, so im trying to install it from a flashdrive. I cannot seem to find a link to download it online on windows. is it only possible using safari or an apple computer? Probably a stupid question but Im not exactly computer savvy.
Thanks for your help!
Brandon: Which iMac do you have? Will it run Sierra? If it is a recent iMac Restart holding down the Option Command and R keys and it will download the operating system directly from Apple….
Sierra is only available to download from the Mac's built in App Store….
"I have an imac that currently has no operating system… so im trying to install it from a flashdrive."
There is absolutely no legal option to download any OS X version from any website.
If you will tell us what you are asking about (computer model, computer age), we can explain how to reinstall OS X.
For iMac, the serial number is either at the back or bottom. Find it. Then type it at the link below to see what you own.
The Latest OS, Sierra, Is In The App Store, Which Is An App In OS X. Apple Uses That To Ensure Security And To Confirm Your Apple ID, Which Will Be Associated With Sierra. For Any Mac That Was Running Sierra And Then The Startup Disk Is Erased, There Is A Hidden Partition Called Recovery HD To Allow You To Reinstall Without Any Thumb Stick. For Any Mac That Was Running Sierra And Then The Entire Drive Hardware Is Replaced, Restart The Computer And It Will Ask You To Choose Your Wi-Fi Network For Internet Recovery.
No Matter What, If This Is Your iMac That You Bought New, You Will Never Need Any Convoluted Method To Reinstall. If You Bought This iMac Second Hand, Say That, And Tell The Exact Age Of It.
Duncan has it right if it is a newer iMac. (late 2009 or newer) If it is older than that, it can't run Sierra. BTW: Some of the torrent sites like Piratebay have "installer files" for Sierra for download. Since that is not a paid app, it is legal to download it. You could download that to the PC and put it on a flash drive. If the iMac is too old for Sierra, up to OS 10.6 are available on eBay. The later versions may be purchased through Apple.
As a last resort, carry your iMac into an Apple Store and they can install the latest version available for your Mac. (at a cost naturally)
There are no actual disks available or any full download of all files for the OS any more. All versions from Mavericks on have never been available except as an internet download. The only downloadable file is the installer, which is simply a link to the actual download. These have traditionally become unavailable for more than the current and next recent versions. IE: Right now, Sierra and El Capitan are the only versions available from Apple for direct download. (Mavericks and Yosemite are no longer available unless being reinstalled)
http://osxdaily.com/2016/02/09/howto-rei… explains how to do installations.
Some who have tried to build "Hackintosh computers have been running into that problem.
The other option is to "clone" a complete OS from another Mac via connecting the Mac in need in "target disk mode" (using Thunderbolt, or Firewire cabling and starting the "target" by starting while holding down the letter "T" key and use Migration Assistant (Applications/Utilities) to clone the OS from on the master Mac to the "target" hard drive.
You may be interested in this:
How to create a bootable macOS Sierra installer drive
I should note that it requires a *functioning* Mac to create it.
It also requires someone who is computer savvy.
Just curious how you ended up with an iMac with no OS on it at all.
The only way I can see that happening is if the HD died or got trashed and was replaced with a new one/reformatted.
Also, keep in mind that if it is an old iMac, it may not be able to run macOS sierra at all.
Check the system requirements first.
order a macOS sierra disc on amazon
Can't be done.
is that the only way