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7/2008 Update - http://homepage.mac.com/chinesemac/earlymacs/disk_images.html#System_2 - A source for some of the older Disk Images of System Software. Isn't it interesting that Apple prohibits anyone from distributing older System Software except for a web site hosted at mac.com (Apple's web hosting service)...
- System 2.0 / Finder 4.1 is listed with a disk image for download
- System 3.2 / Finder 5.3 is listed with a disk image for download
- System 4.1 / Finder 5.5 is listed with a disk image for download
- MacWrite 4.5 is listed for download
- MacPrint 1.5 is listed for download

Gamba has provided a list of sites that let people download older Macintosh System Software at http://home.earthlink.net/~gamba2/syslist.html
- System/Finder = .85/1.0 (aka 128K Guided Tour), .97/1.0, MacWrite MacPaint Tour, 1.1/1.1 ( Sys SW 0.0), Sys SW 0.0 , MacProject Tour, MacWrite MacPaint Tour, 2.0/1.1 (Sys SW 0.1), 2.0/2.2 (SysSW 0.3 & 0.5), 2.1/5.0 (HD 20 Startup), 3.0/5.1 (Sys SW 0.7), 3.1/5.1, 3.1/5.2 (Sys SW 1.0), 3.1.1/5.2 (512Ke Guided Tour), 3.2/5.3 (Sys SW 1.1), HD 20 Startup, 3.3/ 5.5 (Sys SW 2.0 = Work Station Installer (AppleShare 1.1)), 4.0/5.4 (Sys SW 2.0.1), 4.1 (Mac SE Tour), 4.1/5.5 (Sys SW 2.0.1), 4.2/6.0 (Sys SW 5.0), 4.3/6.0 ( Sys SW 5.1), 6.0/6.1 (Sys SW 6.0)= (AppleShare 2.0.1: Workstation Installer, Server Installer, Administration)), 6.0.2 (Mac SE/30 Tour), 6.0.2/6.1 (AppleShare Client, AppleShare 2.0.1 installer), 6.0.3/6.1, 6.0.4/6.1.4, 6.0.5/6.1.5 (Communications Toolbox 1.0 installer), 6.0.6/6.1.6, 6.0.8, 6.0.8L (for Classic II, LC II,PowerBook 100), 7.l, 7 Pro v7.l.l , Update 3.0 (for 7.l, 7 Pro v7.l.l, 7.l.2), 7.l.2 (Quadra & PowerMac), AUX 3.0.1 & AUX 3.1 Update, 7.5, Network Access Disk 7.5, 7.5.1 Update 1.0, 7.5.2 (PCI & PB5300, 2300, 190), 7.5.3 Update 2.0 , 7.5.3 unity-CD, 7.5.5 Update, 7.6.1 Update.

Copy and Paste these web URLs below into your browser's web address:

Rare System enablers at http://home.earthlink.net/~gamba2/enablers.html
Boot disks at http://home.earthlink.net/~gamba2/bootdisks.html
Apple Manuals at http://home.earthlink.net/~strahm_s/manuals.html

http://archaic-apples.shauny.de/ (old English System Software)
http://archaic-apples.shauny.de/ (old non-English System Software)
www.tlp.cz/
http://www.multimac.ch/download/ (www.vieuxmac archive)
http://mes.emuunlim.com/
www.rolli.ch/
http://ludo28m.free.fr/
http://www1.goodwill.co.jp/
http://members.tripod.com/elfen_magix/VMSsoftware.html <--allows you to order a disk image for $3 or $6! Why does Apple allow that when they charge money?

What I don't understand why Apple has allowed these sites to operate when they closed ONE OF THIER OWN OFFICIAL APPLE MACINTOSH USER GROUPS down? (Which The Mac 512 was an official Apple Macintosh User Group at the time). These websites listed above are NOT affiliated with The Mac 512, just listed as a reference. G.

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3/13/01 - Apple's Software Licensing department send us a letter which states we must stop distributing older Macintosh OS System Software. We have complied and done this.

No older Macintosh System Software is available any more from The Mac 512 User Group or www.mac512.com.

As a convenience to our user group members we have a few pointers to other web sites which (I guess) can distribute them. Most of these web sites are outside of the U.S.

Please use this list as a reference point.

Thanks for understanding.
G.

**** 99% of the System Software available on the net for Older Macs was originally downloaded from this site! We are proud of providing the first versions to System .85, 3.1.1 & 6.0.1 to the Internet to keep your older Macs working!

Apple's Policy for distributing System Software is whomever they let distribute it. This means no individual, user group or company can without their permission. User groups used to be able to distribute System Software.

I think the number of web sites not affiliated with Apple posting older System Software prompted Apple Computer, Inc. to have this stance. They have not provided to me any details. The final outcome is Apple Computer, Inc. deciding to eliminate older System Software from any distribution anywhere.

Unfortunately you the older Mac collector has lost. Thanks to these renegade web sites!

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Due to Apple Inc. back in 2001 forbiding Apple User Groups from distributing System and application software. Below is a reference of what can run on what older mac models and a few references to Apple's servers that they let people download directly from them. At the top of the page is websites that I guess, Apple is letting them distribute older System Software. They are NOT affiliated with The Mac 512, just listed as a reference. G.

System Enabler Software

Color Classic Enablers:


Guided Tours

These show you how to use your Mac and the mouse, some of the earlier tours originally came with an audio cassette.

System .85 / Finder 1.0 Macintosh Guided Tour (400K disk)

  • System 3.1.1 / Finder 5.2 Macintosh Guided Tour for Macintosh 512Ke  (800K disk)
  • Macintosh Plus/SE Guided Tour (800K disk)
  • Macintosh SE/30 Guided Tour (1.44MB disk)
  • Macintosh Basics - Most Macs made after 1990 came with this (1.44MB disk)

Software available from the Apple Software Center at (800) 293-6617.
  • System 7.1 on floppy disks - Price $79
  • System 7.5.3 - Price $35
  • System (Mac OS) 7.6.1 - Price $99
  • System (Mac OS) 8.1 - Price $99

These can be ordered by calling the Apple Store at 800- MYAPPLE (800-692-7753):

  • System (Mac OS) 9.1 CD
  • System (Mac OS) 8.1 CD
  • System (Mac OS) 7.6.1 CD
  • System 7.5.3 Disk Set

International System Software updates directly from Apple Software Updates Site

 

Macintosh 128K, 512K, 512Ke, Plus, SE (v2.0 and later); Macintosh II (v2.0 and later)
(
A Mac SE and Mac Classic can run versions .85 - 1.1 as well, just be prepared to repair your internal hard drive. I don't recommend this.)

  • System .85 / Finder 1.0 Macintosh Guided Tour (400K disk)
  • System 1.0 / Finder 1.0 (400K disk) - System file version .97 is included with this one, there is no System file version 1.0 available.
  • System 1.1 / Finder 1.1g (400K disk)
  • System 2.0 / Finder 4.1 (400K disk)
  • System 3.0 / Finder 5.1 (400K disk)
  • System 3.1 / Finder 5.2 (400K disk) Includes ImageWriter v2.2 and LaserWriter v3.0 installer, plus the Namer application!
  • System 3.1.1 / Finder 5.2 Macintosh Guided Tour 512Ke  (800K disk)
  • System 3.2 / Finder 5.3
  • For the Macintosh 128K / 512K (400K disk) This one includes the HD20 INIT!!
  • For the Macintosh 512Ke (800K disk)
  • System 3.3 / Finder 5.4 (400K disk)
  • HD20 INIT (28K file)- This lets your old Macintosh 128K or 512K use 800K disks and the HD20 hard disk.
    (Add it to an existing boot disk.)

Macintosh 128K , 512K, 512Ke, Plus, SE, SE FDHD, Classic; Macintosh II, IIx (v6.0.1 and later)

  • System 4.0 / Finder 5.4 (400K disk)
  • System 4.1 / Finder 5.5 (800K disk)
  • System 4.2 / Finder 6.0 (System Software Update 5.0) (1-800K disk)
  • System 4.3 / Finder 6.0 (System Software Update 5.1)  (1-800K disk)
  • System 6.0 / Finder 6.1   (System Software Update 6.0) (1-800K disk)
  • System 6.0.1 / Finder 6.1   (System Software Update 6.0) (1-800K disk)
  • System 6.0.2 / Finder 6.1 (System Software Update 6.0) (1-800K disk)

Note: All of the components which make up System 6.0.x are pretty much the same. So if you download the System 6.0.6 disk, and move the System 6.0.6 file and Finder 6.1.6 file with the components from the System 6.0.8 disk. It will work just fine. Just a tip so you can use all of the System 6 utilities from one disk set with all other versions of System 6.

Macintosh Plus, SE, SE FDHD, SE/30; Macintosh II, IIx, IIci, IIcx, IIfx (v6.0.5 and later); Mac Portable (v6.0.4 and later)

Macintosh Plus, SE, SE FDHD, SE/30, Classic; Macintosh II, IIx, IIci, IIcx, IIsi, IIfx; LC I; Mac Portable

Macintosh Plus, SE, SE FDHD, SE/30, Classic, Classic II; Macintosh II, IIx, IIci, IIcx, IIsi, IIfx; LC I, II; Mac Portable; PowerBook 100, 140, 145, 170; Quadra 700, 900, 950

Macintosh SE FDHD, SE/30, Classic, Classic II; Macintosh II (w/1.44MB drive), IIx (w/1.44MB drive), IIci, IIcx, IIsi, IIfx; Centris 610, 650 ,660AV; Quadra 605, 610, 650, 660AV, 700, 800, 840AV, 900, 950; LC I, II; Mac Portable; PowerBook 100, 140, 145, 160, 170, 180

Macintosh SE FDHD, SE/30, Classic, Classic II, Color Classic; II, IIx, IIcx, IIci, IIfx, IIvi, IIvx; LC I, II, III, 475, 520, 550, 575, 580, 630; Macintosh TV; Centris 610, 650, 660AV; Quadra 605, 610, 630, 650, 660AV, 700, 800, 840AV, 900, 950; PowerMac 5200/75 LC, 5300/100 LC, 6100 (60 & 66), 7100 (66 & 80), 7200 (75 & 90), 7500/100, 8100 (80, 100 & 110), 8500/120, 9500 (120 & 132); Workgroup Server 60, 80, 6150 (60 & 66), 7250/120, 7350/180, 8150 (80 & 110), 8550 (132 & 200), 9150 (80 & 120); Portable; PowerBook 100, 140, 145, 145B, 170, 160, 165c, 180, 180c. 190; PowerBook Duo 210, 230, 2300, 250, 280, 280c, 520, 520c, 540, 540c, 5300

Please read the readme.txt files which come with these following updates to see what Macintosh computers they run on.
System Updates -

All of the following Mac OS Updates are also available (as of 1/1/2009) from http://download.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Apple_Software_Updates/English-North_American/Macintosh/System/

Apple Recommends: Any time you install Mac OS versions 7.6, 7.6.1, 8.0, 8.1, 8.5, 8.5.1, or 8.6 on your computer, you should use Drive Setup 1.7.3 to update the driver on your hard disk again. If you are using a version of Mac OS prior to 7.6, it is not necessary to use Drive Setup 1.7.3 to update your hard disk drive. Drive Setup 1.7.3 runs on any 68040-based or PowerPC-based Macintosh. HD SC Setup should be fine for older Macintoshes. You hay have to fiddle around a bit.

Drive Setup 1.7.3 dated June 11, 1999. Text from the Read me: Any time you install Mac OS versions 7.6, 7.6.1, 8.0, 8.1, 8.5, 8.5.1, or 8.6 on your computer, you should use Drive Setup 1.7.3 to update the driver on your hard disk again. If you are using a version of Mac OS prior to 7.6, it is not necessary to use Drive Setup 1.7.3 to update your hard disk drive. Note that Drive Setup 1.7.3 was tested with and is supported with System 7.5 through Mac OS 8.6. Available from http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=58303 - Do not use eariler versions of Drive Set up. One of my TAMs included a CD for Drive Setup 1.7.3.

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