Installing Snow Leopard - Upgrade or Full Install?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by gamerw00t, Aug 1, 2009.

  1. gamerw00t macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2009
    Will we have to Install it like it's a new operating system, or just upgrade it over top of Leopard?
    Would we have to back up all of our files and settings, or will it keep them?

    What about for Tiger?
  2. MarkCooz macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2009
    well if you're going from leopard, I believe that you can upgrade or do a full install over leopard, which in case will delete everything
    but if you upgrade i think that you will get your old stuff back. *same username,short name,files,etc...* if any experts are there please correct me if i'm wrong
  3. kryptonianjorel macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2009
    Excuse my ignorance, I'm newish to Mac OS, but I know that the $29 copy of Snow Leopard is ONLY an upgrade, and not a full retail copy (you have to buy the box set for that) So, anybody who used an up-to-date program to get leopard (aka, was an upgrade copy), were you able to do a clean install as long as tiger was on your machine?

    I'd really like to know this too as I'll be using the up-to-date program, and would like to do a clean install
  4. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Yea, I'm guessing the SL installer will just quickly check if your HD has Leopard on it, and then let you proceed to wipe the disk and start fresh. Hopefully because I just want to wipe my disk (backed up of course) and start fresh without any Leopard remnants.
  5. dmbfan41 macrumors regular

    Nov 3, 2008
    any information on the cost of the full install. i am not interested in an upgrade at all, they suck.
  6. AMessy macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Green Bay, WI
    I've been keeping an eye out for the full install non upgrade version of Snow Leopard but haven't seen anything on it yet.

    My parents will be upgrading from Tiger so i've been trying to get them a price for the required version of Snow Leopard.
  7. 11800506 macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2007
    Washington D.C. Area
    In my experience, the disks for the upgrade version and the real version are almost exactly the same. I used an upgrade Leopard disk which was from a computer that had Tiger on it but was purchased after Leopard was released, and the disk just checked to make sure the computer was running Tiger and then allowed me to do either an Upgrade, Erase and Install, or Archive and Install.

    And I'm pretty sure you're going to have to buy the Mac Box Set to do that as I'm pretty sure Apple is not releasing a non-upgrade Snow Leopard disc on its own.
  8. AMessy macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Green Bay, WI

    Hmm, maybe i'll just have them purchase the retail version of leopard and the the snow leopard upgrade, should still be cheaper than the box set.
  9. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    If you don't have Leopard you are going to need to go the box set method...
  10. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

    Shake 'n' Bake

    Mar 2, 2009
    Not necessarily. Apple, at least it seems, trusts its customers. The family pack version of OS X is the same as single-use. It's an honor system. The SL installer will be the same.
  11. gamerw00t thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2009
    So whats so good about the clean install as opposed to an upgrade version?
  12. rich2k4 macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2009
    i always like to do a clean install as i find it causes the least problems.

    the bad thing about a clean install, is that your iLife software will be deleted, and you will have to install them again using the restore discs.

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