Leopard Upgrade Process

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by badoian, Oct 16, 2007.

  1. badoian macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2007
    New to macs, so I am wondering what the process is for an OS upgrade.

    Should I reformat, and clean install?

    Of course will do a backup.

    Does the new OS do a good job of upgrading, so no need for a clean install

    Will I need to reinstall WinXP for bootcamp?

    What is typical?

    Thanks for any insight.

  2. evanrousso macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2006
    I would also like to know this. I would rather not have to do a clean install.
  3. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603


    Jan 10, 2006
    When you put the DVD in the drive it will ask you to restart.

    When you restart you will be given 3 options.

    Clean install - totally erases everything and installs a fresh OS.

    Archive and install - backs up your home folder and then installs a fresh OS. You can then move your old home folder back to its original place.

    And I think the third option is back up from a disk image or something.

    Its very simple whatever you do. For a large 10.x update I always do a fresh install. I backup my files etc do a fresh install then manually replace my backed up files.
  4. josiahcooper macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2007
    how will leopard work with my programs for instance my cs2 suite and some other stuff that ive bought
  5. evanrousso macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2006
    My main concern is my music (I have 70gb) and my itunes playlist, I dont want to have to manually drag and drop everything in itunes, could someone direct me to a good tutorial on how to do it automatically.
  6. blodwyn macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    Portland, Oregon
    What you want to do is effectively no different than if you were moving your iTunes Library. I believe if you move your library to an external disk before the upgrade, and then move it back again after you've done the upgrade, you will have accomplished what you want.

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