How hard will it be to upgrade to Leopard?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by zub3qin, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. zub3qin macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007
    I can't wait any longer. I'm in for a Blackbook.
    I thought Leopard would be coming for free, but it ain't.
    So if I use my MB for the next 4 months, when Leopard is out, how hard is it to upgrade?
    Do all my apps and documents come back exactly as I left them? Or is it best to do a fresh reinstall?

    Is this a lengthy process?

    (New Mac user here)
  2. Igantius macrumors 65816

    Apr 29, 2007
    Not sure if there's any real benefit to doing a fresh install. Upgrading is a breeze - always a good idea to keep those important docs backed up.
  3. kymac macrumors 6502a


    Nov 4, 2006
    im curious about this too.. esp. about the apps and stuff.. will they even be compatible if they do stay?
  4. TheSpecialist macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2007
    The Netherlands, Europe
    They will stay completely compatible, no hassle for upgrading. Though I WOULD, do a fresh install. Just for the best performance, but that's just me. You could also just simply upgrade, your files won't be lost.
  5. Sbrocket macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2007
    I usually prefer to do a clean install when I upgrade an OS of any kind, just to get a perfectly clean slate to screw up. ;)

    Really though, it isn't practical for me personally. I configure a lot of stuff that would be a pain to transfer over to a new install (various self-scripted launch daemons, etc), and doing an upgrade is usually fine.

    You're not gonna have nearly the complexity of customization that I or some others have being a new user, though. A direct upgrade install from Tiger to Leopard using the Leopard install discs will work perfectly for you. All your documents and files will be left generally untouched and as they were before the upgrade. Mac OS X upgrades are known for their simplicity and user-friendliness since the Unix core of OSX is hidden from the purview of your average user, which is what the upgrade is actually modifying.

  6. 66217 Guest

    Jan 30, 2006
    Fresh install is only helpful if your Mac is starting to slow down. Or if you have some glitches that don't seem to get fixed.

    But it takes a lot of time, so it is normally don't a good idea.

    But good advice, always back-up your data. Terrible things can happen if you don't.
  7. aquajet macrumors 68020

    Feb 12, 2005
    Clean installs are mostly a waste of time. I've done many upgrades successfully. So while the rest of you have just finished formatting your drive, I'm happily poking around the new OS. :p
  8. uicandrew macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2006
    as far as i know, it wasn't mentioned by steve in the keynote, but zfs could change things a bit if leopard is zfs by default.

    i'm assuming migration assistant will always work, though
  9. Aniej macrumors 68000


    Oct 17, 2006
    very very simple. migration assistant or manually if on a different machine or simply load 10.5 and that's it.
  10. Aniej macrumors 68000


    Oct 17, 2006
    oh, and I completely agree with this point. Only qualification is if you have been experiencing somme problems with certain applications and want to be extra thorough.
  11. Igantius macrumors 65816

    Apr 29, 2007
    Doesn't look like this is happening (see news section).

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