Before you update, read this!


macrumors 65816
Original poster
Jul 23, 2004
I just wanted to save lots of people... umm... lots of time. :p

Most of this issues people are experiencing in going from Tiger to Leopard are resulting from leaving 3rd party tweak / modification utilities installed while atempting to perform an upgrade/archive & install.

In order to have a smooth install, remove all your tweak/mod programs before you attempt to install Leopard. That will save tons of trouble and frustration.

One final word. I'm probably going to be flamed for saying this... using tweak / modification tools on a Mac seems to cause more problems than it's worth. Consider using a vanilla interface and you'll have far fewer problems. I guess i've noticed this applies really to any OS, even Vista/XP.


macrumors 6502
Aug 7, 2007
Also take a look at this article:

Personally, I just did a manual backup and a clean Leopard install. With the amount of program compatibility issues it currently has, I'd rather start from a clean slate. ;)

Oddly enough, I've had 0 issues. I'm on the newer 15.4" Macbook Pro (2.2ghz, 2gb RAM). No sluggish expose, spaces, etc.


macrumors G3
Oct 1, 2005
Colorado Springs, CO
I upgraded first and Leopard was a tad buggy for my liking (things that had nothing to do with 3rd party software). So, since I had a backup of my Tiger install I did an erase & install. I was more than impressed with setup assistant's migration of all my previous settings, itunes & iphoto ratings, etc that I'll do it again in the future. Now Leopard runs smooth and buy free. I love it.
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