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Upgrading a mid 2007 Aluminum iMac Core 2 Duo to El Capitan question

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cosrocket    4
A friend of mine has a mid 2007 Aluminum iMac (Model Identifier 7.1), with a Core 2 Duo processor and 4GB of RAM, original HDD running OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8. There are some programs which say they will soon be unsupported on this version of OS X (like Chrome), so he asked me if he should upgrade to El Capitan.

So what I would like to know is if El Capitan should run OK on his iMac, and if not, what is the latest OS X version he should upgrade to that will allow his iMac to last a year or 2 longer and be able to run the latest software without getting non supported software warnings

Thanks in advance for your input.
 
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zhangm    1,358

It should run fine. I've updated a similarly dated iMac to Yosemite. It takes a while for things to "settle down" when logging in, but I've seen no significant issues. As a refinement on Yosemite, I'd expect El Capitan to be as good or better in terms of performance.

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BobSlob    114

He should be fine, but expect longer bootups. This could be countered with a SSD, a highly recommended upgrade.

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