Is it worth downgrading to Snow Leopard?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by random man5, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. random man5 macrumors newbie

    random man5

    Jul 22, 2008
    I've just bought a new MacBook Pro and I'm not really liking Lion, mainly because of the bland grey look, especially the new Finder and it's sidebar arrangement. As for the other new features I really don't see myself using any of them, which is why I never upgraded my iMac to Lion.

    So basically I was wondering is it worth the downgrade (not how to do it)? I've heard that SL uses less memory and has better battery life, is this true? Also, if I want/need to come back to Lion at some point in the future will I have to buy it or will the App Store remember that I used to have it?

    I'm just thinking that since I haven't moved any files over to the MacBook yet if I'm going to downgrade I should do it now.
  2. Blipp macrumors 6502

    Mar 14, 2011
    By my understanding if you've bought a machine that came with Lion preinstalled then there's no Lion license associated with your AppleID for you to redownload later. If you wipe your drive, including the Lion repair partition, you may lose your ability to reinstall Lion without first purchasing it from the App Store. You should, however, be able to just wipe the drive with Lion installed and leave the repair partition intact for upgrading later.

    Does anyone have any further insight on this?
  3. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    The RAM usage between 10.6 and 10.7 is nominal, you barely notice it. I don't know about battery life as I do not have any laptops right now.

    You should also consider what the person above me said regarding the licensing as well.

    My suggestion is to learn to live with, it will grow on you and you'll not notice the small differences after a while. I already have. ;)
  4. thadoggfather macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2007
    battery life on Lion is no good on most Mac portables.

    This is the main reason I switched back to SL. And buggy graphics.
  5. ceej macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Northeast United States

    As with any new OS, some people are having bugs, but SL had bugs until the latest updates, as did all of the previous OS. Color shmolor, I say. I also say learn to live with it, as the differences are not drastic at all, and what you think you don't need now, you might decide to enjoy or find necessary in the future. More fun to have it than wish you did.
  6. karl184 macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2010
    Do you have any important apps that are incompatible with Lion? If not, I highly suggest you stick with Lion.
  7. TPadden, Aug 31, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2011

    TPadden macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2010
    Comparing 10.7.2 with 10.6.0 is disingenuous when 10.6.8 is available ......:rolleyes:

    I would say to the OP's: "I'm just thinking that since I haven't moved any files over to the MacBook yet if I'm going to downgrade I should do it now." I wouldn't worry about "when" to make the move before I even made the "if" decision. With TM it is fairly painless to go back and forth. Personally if I were you I'd give Lion a thorough test ride.
  8. Lycorisu macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2011
    I tried Lion for a couple of weeks on my 2008 MBP and didn't like it, so I switched it back to SL. Maybe if they make it so you can turn off some of these new "features" in System Preferences I'll try it again later.

    In the mean time, I got a refurb 2011 MBP from Apple which according to their website came with SL but actually showed up with Lion on it. I called them up to complain and they sent me a SL dvd free of charge (of course it was retail so it didn't work on that laptop, but I got the correct SL recovery disks off ebay). This laptop too is going to stay on Snow Leopard too for the foreseeable future.

    But that's just me. If you don't like Lion or it doesn't work right on your machine, I say go back until it does. On the other hand, if you like it, use it. At the end of the day, you're the one who has to get productive use out of your machine, whatever it's running.
  9. ceej macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Northeast United States
    Though you proved my point by saying that, and I have time to kill, I'll explain again, incase you confused yourself or someone else, like the OP.

    I'm saying that many people, myself included, haven't had issues, but because it's new, those who are experiencing "bugs" should give it a chance because previous OS have all had the same introductions.

    ^--My opinion ;-) --^
  10. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Its worthwhile provided you can, being a brand new mac. The retail SL disks may not boot up on your Mac.

    Aside from that, Lion is the future and while you may be successful in downgrading. You will need to upgrade to 10.7 at some point.

    I downgraded because of a number of reasons but I'm under no delusion that this is a temporary fix and I'm hoping 10.7.2 or 10.7.3 addresses some of my issues.
  11. TPadden, Aug 31, 2011
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    TPadden macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2010
    We agree if your point is: those who are experiencing bugs who have the option should go back to a bug free SL while giving Apple a chance to fix Lion :D!
  12. blackomega31 macrumors member


    Aug 6, 2011
    Lion is the future?????


    not one of the new user interface features is useful. Lion is a major step backwards any way you look at it. lion to me looks like it was developed by IBM 40 years ago when faux wood panelling and black and white were in style

    i want to make my own decisions on how i use my computer and not apple. now i myself have used lion and downgraded back to snow leopard. not because of compatibility but fur usability. and i got a refund from apple for purchasing that pile of crap. apple needs to do some serious re thinking before lion can be called OSX at the moment it does not deserve that title and should be called Mac Edsel or something.

    some may also say that you can turn off the features you do not like. unfortunately there are not enough of those options. you cant disable versions and restore Save As. you cant disable restore enough. and you cant delete launchpad. i have disabled it but whenever i used the app store it popped back to remind me that it was still there to bug me like an annoying cousin. and do not get me started on how expose was castrated into mission control that shows nothing useful

    Now feel free to pick and poke about my post but i am just saying how it is from my POV. i am a pro user and very unhappy. i was however happy to find out that 10.6 will be supporting icloud cause i am a mobileme user and was terrified to think that i may be forced to upgrade. if i had then i would have dusted off my copy of win XP and transitioned back.

    I hope apple engineers read these forms to understand that there are people out here that do not like the way they are going
  13. Lokheed macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2009
    Yeah. Download the recovery utility. Or if you failed to do that before wiping your drive and eradicating Lion completely, visit an Apple Store or contact Apple directly. They will not, repeat not make you pay for Lion if it shipped with your Mac. Repeat, not!
  14. 50548 Guest

    Apr 17, 2005
    Currently in Switzerland
    Is that pure trolling or what? Sometimes I wonder how people can whine so much about their less-than-perfect installations...Lion is flawless here.
  15. TPadden macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2010
    Actually you have to take it in the context of the thread; here your post is pure trolling. :rolleyes:

    It would be trolling if posted in this thread: Lion Hater Becomes Lion Lover :D
  16. colourfastt macrumors 6502a


    Apr 7, 2009
    Yes .. rather like a fungus

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