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If some one is running OS X 10.7.8, can they go straight to OS X 10.8.5 or do they need to update from OS X 10.7.8, 10.8, 10.8.1 and so on so I was wondering would you please tell me: is it a fact that people who want to do a system update should update to the very first update first?

If the answer is "yes, it is a fact" would you be able to explain to me why that is?

(P.S would you please try to give your answer in a easy way that I can understand)
Thanks

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There are delta updaters available from Apple - a delta updates 10.8.1 to 10.8.2
There are COMBO updaters available that updates 10.8.0thru10.8.4 to 10.8.5, skipping the intermediate steps.  [COMBO is key]
You must start with buying Mountain Lion ($20 from Apple) to go from 10.7 to 10.8.  
IMPORTANT it downloads to your Applications folder - if you do NOT copy or move it, the installation will delete it.  You can make a bootable USB installer for Lion and MLion and Mavericks.
SuperDuper is a free bootable drive imaging utility.

http://store.apple.com/us/product/D6377Z/A/os-x-mountain-lion
http://lifehacker.com/5928780/how-to-burn-os-x-mountain-lion-to-a-dvd-or-usb-fla
http://www.macworld.com/article/2030110/when-you-finally-move-to-mountain-lion.h
http://www.macworld.com/article/1167693/installing_mountain_lion_our_complete_gu
http://www.macworld.com/article/1168335/introducing_macworlds_mountain_lion_inst
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-57479690-263/how-to-create-an-os-x-10.8-mou
http://gigaom.com/2012/07/26/quick-tip-create-a-usb-installer-for-mountain-lion/
http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/mountain-lion-upgrading
http://lifehacker.com/5927311/how-to-prepare-your-mac-for-mountain-lion
http://www.macrumors.com/2013/10/24/apple-selling-20-os-x-lion-and-mountain-lion

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