I'm inclined to believe this. I haven't done a clean install of Lion just yet, but it's on my list of things to do. I'm just trying to make sure everything important gets backed up before doing so.I always do a clean install of each new versn of OS X. I do it for a number of reasons, but primarily to clean out all the useless junk that has built up since the last time I installed. Also I think it helps to prevent some of the wacky problems people report as a result of upgrading.
Hi Mary,Also would like to update to Lion, but am afraid to do so. Doing an update is self explanatory I guess, but what is meant by a 'clean install'? What do I have to do then?
The site roaringapps.com maintains a list of Mac apps and other people's experiences on whether they work fine in Lion. You can check there for any particular application you might be worried about before upgrading.Furthermore I'm afraid some of my software (Adobe suite CS5, Office2011, Lightroom, etc.) would not work under Lion.
Sure -- if you have a good backup. Time Machine is probably the easiest way. If you ever need to reverse course, you can go into Lion's "recovery mode" (hit Command-R while restarting) and restore your whole drive from your last Snow Leopard Time Machine backup. You'd lose anything you did since then, though, so it's not something to consider lightly.If I would update and programs do not work anymore, could I go back to SL 10.6.8 again?
clean install here. I would never build a new house on top of an older house.i agree with celeron, i always do a clean install. i too feel that it avoids lots of the strage issues people run in to, and its good to get rid of some of the accumulated junk