upgrade from tiger to mountain lion

On my MacBook Pro (2006), I recently lost OS X v10.6.8 snow leopard. I reinstall the original software and now have v10.4.8 Tiger. I been wanting to upgrade before this incident occured so before I purchase the software, can I go from Tiger straight to Lion or Mountain Lion?

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    No. 10.7 and 10.8 are only available as downloads from the Apple App store. You must have 10.6.8 installed to access the App store and to upgrade. Apple sells a 10.6.8 DVD for $20. Buy that, install it, and then you can get the other upgrades.

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  • No, you can't upgrade directly from Tiger to Mountain Lion. The reason is that Mountain Lion is only officially available by download from the Mac App Store, and the Mac App Store was not introduced until one of the last updates to Snow Leopard.

    Unfortunately you are out of luck anyway, because your 2006 MacBook Pro is not on the list of Mountain Lion Supported models. The oldest supported MacBook Pro is mid/late 2007.

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  • You should probably buy another Snow Leopard DVD from Apple and reinstall Snow Leopard.

    Once you install Snow Leopard, you can use the Mac App Store to upgrade to Lion or Mountain Lion if your hardware supports it.

    However, you may be better off sticking with Snow Leopard, particularly if you Mac has 3 GB or less of RAM.

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