How to upgrade to Leopard and keep iLife 08

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  1. Angelus macrumors 6502

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    Hey I hope you guys(and ladies) can help me out.
    Okay the plan is to buy a new 17" Macbook Pro with all the bells and whistles in about a weeks time. I can't wait til Oct for Leopard to be bundled because I can get an education grant at the Hospital i work in to subsidise the cost by 1900 euro but I need to do it soon.
    Thing is iLife will come with my new Macbook Pro but as soon as Leopards out I'm updating.
    How do i keep my "free" iLife 08 which i will have paid good money for at the time of purchasing the computer? I did a search amongst the threads and couldn't find anything to answer my question properly.
    I really want to update to Leopard and I have no problem paying the 129 euro. My concern comes from the fact that because iLife is bundled on the OS X install discs, i might need to buy iLife 08 again after the Leopard update.
    Any suggestions or tales of past experience would be really appreciated.
     
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  3. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    you will not need to buy iLife '08 again. the Leopard install disc will not have iLife on it but the Tiger restore discs you get with your new computer will. when you upgrade from Tiger to Leopard, everything will remain the same except the OS: upgrading to Leopard will not wipe your hard drive clean of everything (unless you specifically choose to do that).

    no need to worry!
     
  4. Gaius macrumors newbie

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    What if he does a clean install? Is it possible to install iLife 08 on a Mac with Leopard from the Tiger restore disk?
     
  5. Angelus thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the quick replies.
    Thats the thing you see, ever since 10.2 i've never "upgraded" an OS. I always do a clean install because I think it gets rid of any garbage on my system.
    I don't know if a clean install will let me keep iLife 08 though. Thats my question. Can i use the discs bundled with the macbook to just install the iLife 08 packages.?
    Any thoughts?
     
  6. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    yes it will be possible to reinstall ilife once the upgrade is done if a clean install is done.
     
  7. Tumeg101 macrumors 6502a

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    Wow! I never knew that,
    once again Mac proves itself greater than PC
     
  8. mr_matalino macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, you can choose to do a clean install or just an upgrade which will keep all your preferences and files...just a new OS
     
  9. Angelus thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thats what i wanted to hear. Sorry now to draw the matter out but can you tell me how exactly that will be done?
    So do i update to Leopard, then insert the 10.4 disc that came with the macbook and somehow install iLife 08?
    Will the system not tell me that I can't install an older version of OSX and lock me out?
     
  10. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    well as i understand it, there are two possible ways (maybe more) to achieve what you want to happen.

    you want to do a clean install of Leopard. in scenario one, you'll do just that. install Leopard and in the process wipe everything out. then download an app called Pacifist that will let you extract the iLife '08 files from the Tiger restore DVDs. Pacifist is not free, though.

    secondly, when you are ready to upgrade to Leopard, do a clean install from your Tiger restore DVDs. then just do an archive and install of Leopard - no clean install.

    neither is ideal. but without the iLife DVD, i can't think of another method.
     
  11. robby818 macrumors 6502a

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    Does Pacifist work on iLife apps? I read somewhere that installation errors occurred when trying to install the extracted iLife apps. Anyone have any experience with this?

    Apple sells a $10 iLife update disc (http://www.apple.com/ilife/uptodate/) for users who buy new Macs after 8/7/7 that do not have iLife 08 pre-installed. That disc would do exactly what OP wants to do, but I don't know if Apple will sell you this disc if you already have iLife 08 on the system recovery discs.
     
  12. daveL macrumors 68020

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    Whenever I update to a new release of OS X, I first use SuperDuper to clone my system disk to a firewire disk. After I do a clean install, I use the Migration Assistant to restore my applications, user directories, setting etc. from the firewire drive. This will bring over the iLife apps, as well.
     
  13. cuestakid macrumors 68000

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    I am a little confused-If I am going to be getting leopard when it arrives, is there any reason for me to buy either app right now, since it would be included on the discs that I would get with Leopard? Or am I mistaken by this?
     
  14. Nick12945 macrumors regular

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    When you buy leopard, it will only come with the OS. You would need to buy the apps too.
     
  15. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    The simple answer: Do a straight upgrade to Leopard, exactly the way Apple intended you to do it. This is by far the fastest, easiest, and least disruptive method. You'd have to invent a reason for doing it any other way. I haven't heard a good one yet.
     
  16. cuestakid macrumors 68000

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    so basically the only two ways to get iLife/iWork are to either buy them retail or buy a new mac is that correct?
     
  17. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    If you buy a new Mac, you get the current version of iLife and a demonstration version of iWork. You have to pay for both future upgrades to iLife and to continue using iWork after the introduction period expires.
     
  18. cuestakid macrumors 68000

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    thanks for clearing that up-looks like i will be trying out iWork before I buy it-I likely wont get the iLife update since I dont really use many of the apps
     
  19. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    The Leopard upgrade you're going to buy will come on a DVD that will not have iLife included on it.
     

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