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Old 07-15-2011, 12:09 AM
 
Location: Sarasota-Manatee, Florida
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Any day now Apple is releasing Mac OS X Lion on their app store. I have a Mac with Snow Leopard and have Time Machine on backing up every hour. I'm curious when I upgrade does everything on my Mac stay as it is now (photos, documents, desktop background, time machine backup, apps).

Is there anything else I should do before upgrading beside making sure I have the latest updates installed?
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Old 07-15-2011, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Barrington, IL area
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I'm curious when I upgrade does everything on my Mac stay as it is now (photos, documents, desktop background, time machine backup, apps)
Yes.
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Old 07-15-2011, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Sarasota-Manatee, Florida
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thanks! my time machine backup will keep backing up too?
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:15 AM
 
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Yes.

Since you are updating the OS on an existing computer, it will just install over the old one leaving all your files in place.

Also fyi, Apple has an application called "Migration Assistant" in the Utilities folder. Just open the app and it will do all the work for you if you ever need to switch between physical computers.
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Sarasota-Manatee, Florida
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yes I have used migration assistant before. This is the first time I'm updating my Mac so just wanted to see how difficult this was going to be. I'm going to backup everything on a external just incase.

What happens now if I wanted to do a clean install of the OS? Lion is over the App Store, not on disk
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Old 07-16-2011, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Knoxville
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Before you change, make sure all of your applications are going to be OK with it. I got an email from Quicken warning there might be problems if I upgrade to Lion. But I have an older version of Quicken (works fine with 10.6).
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Old 07-16-2011, 07:55 AM
 
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yes I have used migration assistant before. This is the first time I'm updating my Mac so just wanted to see how difficult this was going to be. I'm going to backup everything on a external just incase.

What happens now if I wanted to do a clean install of the OS? Lion is over the App Store, not on disk
There is a way to get your hands on a disk image from the download and create an installation DVD.

How to Create & Burn a Bootable Mac OS X Lion Install DVD
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Old 07-16-2011, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Barrington, IL area
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Before you change, make sure all of your applications are going to be OK with it.
Right, PowerPC application support has been dropped in Lion.
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Old 07-17-2011, 12:37 AM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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I always wait until all the applications in my computer have been updated to the new OS. For example, I have numerous PhotoShop CS5-compatible plugins, CS5, MS Office, etc. on my Mac's, so I want to make sure that all of these are compatible before I upgrade.
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:21 AM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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Any day now Apple is releasing Mac OS X Lion on their app store. I have a Mac with Snow Leopard and have Time Machine on backing up every hour. I'm curious when I upgrade does everything on my Mac stay as it is now (photos, documents, desktop background, time machine backup, apps).

Is there anything else I should do before upgrading beside making sure I have the latest updates installed?
I have had every OSX release. When you upgrade, you basically have two options: Upgrade and archive, or Clean install. If you simply upgrade (and archive), all of you basic stuff will remain the same (iPhoto, iCal, iTunes, etc.). But, depending on particular non-Apple software/apps, you will either lose complete functionality, or will have to go to the necessary website[s] and install new drivers, etc. In some cases, depending on the software or app, you will not be able to use it at all unless you upgrade that version, too.

There is no way around that. So, instead of just upgrading, it is best to back up your hard drive and then do a clean install. When you archive, what you are essentially doing is creating a folder of "old stuff", and then installing the updated OS on top of that. This works great for all "i" Apple apps, but you are also archiving all the junk compiled on our HD.

A clean instal will erase your old data, install a fresh copy of OSX, then you can migrate your existing files into it. For the most part you end up with the same thing minus the folder containing the older OS.
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