Clean install vs upgrade?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by mark28, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. mark28 macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    Should I do a clean install or just upgrade from Lion?
  2. bully worm macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2009
  3. fel10 macrumors 68000


    Feb 2, 2010
    Woodstock, GA USA
    I just upgraded and everything is working flawlessly for me.
  4. HawaiiMacAddict macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2006
    On one of my Macs of course
    It depends on the type of Mac you're upgrading. I have a late 2009 27" iMac that I "upgraded" prior to leaving for work this morning. The maddening this is that while I have no issues with my Bluetooth keyboard, I can only move the mouse cursor with my Magic Trackpad. When I checked System Preferences, the Bluetooth icon was simple not there! I saw the Bluetooth icon in the Menu Bar, but the message stated that Bluetooth was unavailable!

    I don't know what's going on here, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that integrated systems (ie., laptops only) are probably pretty safe with this "upgrade", but iMacs and Mac Pros could be a bit dicy. I'm not sure what to do at this point, but will probably attempt a re-install, and should that fail, go ahead and do a "nuke and pave." After all, it's only been six years since I made the switch - I still remember that option from my Windows days :eek:
  5. Arelunde macrumors 6502a


    Jul 6, 2011
    CA Central Coast
    Same for me. Went very slowly (3 mbs DSL), but no problems anywhere along the way. Everything seems to be working quite well. Am currently downloading updates to the iWorks, etc., series for compatibility.
  6. Tonewheel macrumors 6502a

    Sep 28, 2007
  7. M5RahuL macrumors 68020


    Aug 1, 2009
    I plan on upgrading [ whenever Apple blesses my MBP with the validation ] and once, done, do a fresh install from recovery.

    Not a big fan of upgrades over fresh installs !
  8. aurinkovoodoo macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2012
    I just upgraded and everything seems to work just fine.
  9. chinhiphone macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2009
    how do you do a clean install w/o having a recovery hd partition?
  10. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    Just upgrade. Assuming you have a backup, if something screws up big time then you can re-install later. Or go back to Lion.
  11. 808? macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2011
    Hong Kong
    What about if you are starting from Snow Leopard?

    Upgrade or clean install?
  12. JohnBossu macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2011
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    I upgraded from Snow Leopard. Works just fine.

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