Archive and install VS Dirty Upgrade...

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by frescies, Oct 28, 2003.

  1. frescies macrumors regular

    Dec 9, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    Ok... I really really really REALLY want the best performance out of my upgrade. I've seen some people have had no problems with the "upgrade" option, but some people seem to be experiencing some hell with that, which is fixed with the archive install.

    My question is:

    Does the archive install erase ANYTHING? Or is it like all of the old "archive installs" that just move the existing system folder to a "previous system folder" folder?

    Also, I would like to keep all of my application prefences, as I don't want to go back and hunt for serial numbers, settings, and whatnots. If "Archive and install" doesn't delete anything, I'd go that route, ONLY if it's easy for me to move my old application preferences into the new preferences folder (the way i used to do things in Pre-X days).

    Just wondering... I can't wait to install it tonight!!! :D
  2. sparkleytone macrumors 68020


    Oct 28, 2001
    Greensboro, NC
    archive install just tries to keep everything in tact. anything it can't keep in the same place goes into /Previous Systems . its my install option of choice
  3. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
    Agreed. Archive and install is the best thing to do when installing OS X.
  4. pbooktebo macrumors member

    Aug 12, 2003
    SF Bay Area
    Didn't delete anything

    The most intusive aspect is having to redecide to allow the keychain access to apps (like Safari). No preference redos or anything.

    It's smooth!
  5. e-coli macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2002
    does it keep all the files in your home directory?

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