Migration Assistant

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Rhalliwell1, May 11, 2009.

  1. Rhalliwell1 macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2008
    I am on the edge of my seat with excitement as my new iMac should arrive tomorrow and i am just preparing things i.e. clearing desk of junk and doing a little research into migration assistant as i haven't used it before and want to get it right!

    Ok, so i will be migrating from my old MacBook Pro to the iMac using the MacBook Pro's time machine backup. However i have come across a potential snag; The old MacBook Pro has iLife '08 and the new one will have '09. Will i lose '09 when i migrate? any way around this?

    Thanks in advance :)
  2. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    migration assistant is not time machine

    You won't lose the newer software with migration assistant.
  3. Rhalliwell1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2008
    so if i tell Migration Assistant to use the time machine backup it wont copy it all off that (iLife '08 too)?
  4. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    It's been my experience that the Migration Assistant will not overwrite newer versions of apps on the new machine, no matter what the source {a Mac in target disk mode, a Time Machine backup on an external drive, etc}.

    Hopefully someone else with the same experience will chime in.

    If worst comes to worst, you can use the restore DVDs on your new Mac to reinstall iLife '09.
  5. upaymeifixit macrumors 6502a


    Feb 13, 2009
    It will be fine.

    No it won't install any of the pre-installed apps or overwrite new versions of apps. Just go through it normally and it will work fine, you have nothing to worry about.
  6. Rhalliwell1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2008
    Thanks :)

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