How can I keep files, but keep a clean install?

Wailord

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I want a clean install. It'll be nice and refreshing, BUT- I want to keep my licensed copies of Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Word, my home movies, my settings, bookmarks, iTunes songs...the list goes on!
What would the easiest route be? Just copy each app over? Can I do that?
Also, how hard would it be to move my 'tunes over if they're all backed up?
 

Wailord

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Apr 29, 2007
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Do an archive and install.

It gives you a clean system folder, but your old user/other stuff folders.
What's the benefit on a Clean Install, then?

Edit: Also, will everything be 100% intact? My iTunes library untouched, my apps unaffected, etc?
Sorry, I've never upgraded on a Mac. Sort of new to this. ._.
 

Xenesis

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Sep 3, 2006
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It gives you a completely clean drive. Useful if you've got tons of hidden crap everywhere you want to get rid of and have a backup of important things, but not that useful the vast majority of the time methinks.

A&I will leave everything apart from the System folder untouched. It creates a new system folder, and leaves an archival copy of your Tiger System folder ('Old System' it becomes, IIRC)

Clean Install will wipe the drive so you'll have a NEW user folder and have to reinstall everything.

Upgrade Install will update all the components of your system folder to the latest versions in Leopard.
 

RainCityMacFan

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Jun 10, 2007
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It gives you a completely clean drive. Useful if you've got tons of hidden crap everywhere you want to get rid of and have a backup of important things, but not that useful the vast majority of the time methinks.

A&I will leave everything apart from the System folder untouched. It creates a new system folder, and leaves an archival copy of your Tiger System folder ('Old System' it becomes, IIRC)

Clean Install will wipe the drive so you'll have a NEW user folder and have to reinstall everything.

Upgrade Install will update all the components of your system folder to the latest versions in Leopard.

After A&I is done, I can delete the 'Old Tiger System' folder, right?
 

cyberone

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Oct 24, 2005
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I deleted the "Previous Systems" folder. Didn't harm my files on Leopard at all and freed up some Gigs.
 
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