Installing Tiger over Panther

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Natalia81, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. Natalia81 macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2004
    I have a power book (non-intel). It has 10.3.9. Should I do a complete install or an upgrade when putting 10.4.x on it? I'm from the Windows world and I know there it is better to just do a new install of Windows instead of an upgrade. Just wondering if it's the same with Macs.
  2. dartzorichalcos macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2007
    Assuming you have everything backed-up, I would do a reinstall and instead of upgrading to Tiger, upgrade to Leopard when it comes out. ;)
  3. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Some people recommend doing a clean installation of a new OS, but part of the reasoning is that it's a good opportunity to spruce things up and get rid of some of the junk that's piled up over the years. Yes, some people recommend it just to insure that you've got the most solid system possible to run on, but I'm not a big proponent of it. I generally just do upgrade installs and have never had a problem.
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    With Mac OS X you actually have 3 options when installing - Upgrade, Archive and Install, and Erase and Install. Upgrade is the simplest but also the most prone to problems (usually caused by incompatible applications). Archive and Install is reasonably safe, and is a good option if you're concerned about post-install trouble. Your choice whether to enable "Preserve users and network settings" - this is very convenient for keeping your existing data but can occasionally lead to problems. An Erase and Install will wipe your hard disk clean before installing. This is the safest option, but also the hardest to get up and running afterwards, since you'll have to manually copy all the data you want to keep from your backup.

    For things like the situation you describe I always do an Erase and Install, just because I'm paranoid :eek:
  5. roger6106 macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2007
    An archive and install should be just as safe as an erase and install.
  6. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    A straight upgrade is the safest, least disruptive method of all.

    I don't buy the argument that a clean or archive install goes anywhere useful in terms of troubleshooting incompatible applications. If by chance you've got an application installed that doesn't work with the new OS, you're going to discover the incompatibility when you reinstall it anyway, and you would not know about it until you did reinstall it. Nothing is gained, as nearly as I can tell. Incompatible applications aren't a big deal anyway. They should not be able to crash the OS. If an application doesn't work in Tiger, it might need to be upgraded, is all. You can even do that homework before you upgrade OSX.
  7. Multimedia macrumors 603


    Jul 27, 2001
    Santa Cruz CA, Silicon Beach
    I Like Archive & Install Best

    I also vote for Archive and Install thus retaining all your Panther settings for Mail etc.
  8. sfisher macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2007
    Albuquerque, NM USA
    It isn't the same as with Windows :). I did a normal upgrade from 10.3 to 10.4 quite a while back without any problems at all on my iBook.

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