Sierra on Mac Book Air mid 2011

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  1. alfa

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    Hi I have a mid 2001 MacBook air with a 2 gig ram. Request for opinions on upgrading to Sierra?
    Im afraid it might become sluggish and lose it snappy execution in opening programs etc.
    I know that new OS swings either way, either it benefits an old machine or it makes them sluggish.
     
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    There is only one way to find out. Give it a try!

    Create a TimeMachine backup of your current system... so if all fails, you can always revert to its last good working state. - as if nothing happened.
     
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    "Sure, you can install and run macOS Sierra on a 2 GB Mac, but you’re not likely to be happy with system performance. You have a couple browsers running or several tabs in one browser, and that amount of memory will really hobble performance."

    http://lowendmac.com/2016/macos-sierra-on-low-end-macs/
     
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    So if i use time machine i can also roll back the OS?
     
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    Yes. Do a full restore from recovery.
     
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    not. recommended. sluggish. indeed.
     
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    Hi!

    Same scenario mid 2011 11inch 2GB ram. currently my wife is using it for google chrome with 4-6 extensions and its slow. lalo pag 5 tabs up.

    Any recommendation what will be the best OSX version for this machine?
     
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    It's best to stick to the one that came with it (Lion or Mountain Lion). At most, Mavericks.
     
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    Will try to search which is better between the 3 you mentioned @ Qin Zhi. Thanks.

    How i wish REWA Technologies (repair shop) is available locally. they can upgrade Macbook air's ram. Hardcore process but it works

     
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    Successfully downgraded to mountain lion. and it was fast! compared to OSX Sierra.

    Unfortunately most apps doesn't work anymore. even Slack web version. installed OSX Mavericks and so far so good way better than OSX Sierra.

    Machine : MBA 11 2011 / 2GB /64GB/i5.

    Might downgrade my MBP 2010 back to mavericks too.
     
    #10 Don Pao, May 29, 2017
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