Fresh install of Mountain Lion with brand new MBA 2012?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by RaidersFan223, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. RaidersFan223 macrumors member


    Jul 21, 2012
    My new MBA just shipped, but will obviously have Lion preinstalled. This is my first Mac, so I'm wondering if I should do a fresh install of mountain lion when it arrives or if I can just upgrade the OS normally because the laptop is brand new.

    Can anyone offer some advice? Thanks!
  2. Retina MacBook macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2012
    Forget thinking about fresh installation or upgrading. What's the difference if you don't have anything to delete?
  3. Kmistr01 macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2012
  4. RaidersFan223 thread starter macrumors member


    Jul 21, 2012
  5. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    If your machine is running fine now, just do an upgrade. No reason to go through all the hassle of a fresh install unless things are jacked up.
  6. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    My advice is to back up the new MacBook Air (so you can easily go back to Lion if Mountain Lion is too buggy at first), migrate your old Mac over, and then install the upgrade. Alternatively, you can install the upgrade, then migrate, but you'll need to enter in your Apple ID, etc. to activate the Mac App Store where you will redeem your upgrade code.

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