MacOS – App store says I have recently updated High Sierra but appears I’m still on Mavericks

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Yesterday I downloaded and thought I installed Sierra after being told of the available update, spending more than an hour downloading and then restarting.

I had to resign in to a few apps, e.g. Google back up and sync so it looks like something did change.

Before I made the update, if I navigated to Apple menu > About this Mac I would see the exact same screen that I see now, here it is:

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10.9.5 appears to be Mavericks. From Google search:

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Under Apple menu > App store > Updates, I see that Sierra was installed recently:

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Am I actually on Sierra right now or am I still on Mavericks?

Best Answer

The App Store screen only say what you have downloaded, not installed.

Check if the download file is still on your hard drive named "Install macOS High Sierra" in your applications folder.

If Yes double click on it and it will start.

Once the install was successful the install file will self destruct.

Because of that I usually make a copy of it before it self destruct, so I can create a bootable USB later (when I have time for it). = Procrastinating :)