Clean install Snow Leopard and then upgrade?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by phubarr, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. phubarr macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2013
    Is doing a clean install of Snow Leopard and immediately upgrading to Mavericks via Mac App Store the same thing as doing a clean install of Mavericks?
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Well technically no... a clean install would be installing Mavs to a bare naked drive outright. That said, it is very very close to a clean install. The idea and purported benefit of a clean install is to get rid of all the file cruft one accumulates over time from installing different apps and data. If you do a clean install of SL then Mavs right after, you won't have any of this left over junk anyway, so it will be almost the same as a clean install.

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