going from tiger to leopard

Discussion in 'macOS' started by south8212, Nov 29, 2008.

  1. south8212 macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2008
    So i finally got around to upgrading a couple of my powerbook g4's. Im upgrading a powerbook g4 from tiger to leopard. My question is how can i do a full reformat (not the archive install) and keep all the programs i have on it like ms office and adobe?
  2. StuBeck macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2008
    You can't unless you reinstall the software I believe. I would recommend this though. It takes a bit longer (the install is fast, but backing up everything takes a while) but I've noticed machines are much faster and more stable after a format and install rather then an upgrade.
  3. sOwL macrumors 6502


    Sep 25, 2007
    Nerd Cave
    archive and install always worked great for me. The computer gets faster than upgrading it, just like a clean install, but you keep your users settings, your files and your programs. Few programs refused to launch after the upgrade and i had to reinstall them though. Anyway, archive and install will also create a backup of your old system files which you can use to revert in case something goes wrong.
  4. south8212 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2008
    Thanks for the replys! The problem is i dont have my keys to reinstall the software so i guess i have to go the archive way.

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