With the release of iLife & iWork 2009 Apple had made Leopard 10.5.6 a requirement to install both suite of applications. I’ve tried several times to update my system to 10.5.6 but failed I refuse to believe that this requirement is set in stone so I called Apple’s bluff and scoured the various forums for a solution to bypass this requirement.
I was not disappointed, the fix was rather simple. It involve editing 2 text lines in the SystemVersion.plist file. Mainly ProductUserVisibleVersion and ProductVersion.
1. SystemVersion.plist can be access by browsing to System/Library/CoreServices
2. Copy the file SystemVersion.plist to the desktop first
3. Open SystemVersion.plist from the desktop
4. Double click on the value field for ProductUserVisibleVersion and change it to 10.5.6
5. Double click on the value field for ProductVersion and also change it to 10.5.6
6. Save the changes
7. Copy SystemVersion.plist from the desktop back to System/Library/CoreServices and click yes on the prompt to replace the file.
8. Restart for the changes to take effect.
That’s it. You will now be able to install iLife & iWork 2009 🙂