You can update your laptop to Mavericks on the App Store, but here's a few tips to have a 'safe install. NOTE: Before you install be sure to BACK UP your storage to prevent possible loss of files.
1. App Store > Updates > Install Mavericks OS
Your laptop will restart to download update.
SIDE NOTE: You should have at least 8 GB of free space for major updates. 15 GB is recommended.
If you find yourself with low storage space:
(top left corner of screen) > About this Mac > More Info... > Storage (top bar)
This tells you what your storage consists of to let you decide on any unwanted items you want to delete.
2. After installing Mavericks, it is important that you update all your applications to make sure everything is compatible with the new software.
What is different?
Mavericks has some changes from Mountain Lion. The biggest difference is the Finder tabs.
|Introducing the new Finder|
There are now tabs at the top to add your important folders . Mavericks allows you to add colored tags like 'Important' to simplify your searches. With Mavericks, your Macs can now have iBooks and Maps which used be available only on the iPhone and iPod. There are also improved multidisplay support and an all new version of Safari.
Mavericks not only has all these features, it is also more power efficient and better responsiveness.
What about Safari?
|The new Safari|
Yes and no. While it maintains the look of the previous Mountain Lion, a few apps such as iCal has been changed to give a more simplified look. Some features of the frequently used Pages, Keynote and Numbers have been moved around and given a slightly flat look.
|iCal has been given "the iOS 7 look".|
About an hour with good Internet connection.
Do I have to make an Apple ID of my own to download the update? How do I do this?
Yes, you will need to have an Apple ID to install the update. If you don't have one, you can go to the Apple website and create one. (link will open in a new tab)
Will I lose anything?
You shouldn't lose anything but you must take precautions and back up before installation.
How do I get my old applications back if I update my apps?
An old version of the application is still stored in your computer in case you feel the updated apps don't work for you.
Can I downgrade after I upgrade?
Yes, if you don't like Mavericks you can downgrade your laptop. Go to the Apple Support page for a clear step by step process.