I was active in the forums a while back when I designed my first mac system. Without these forums, I don't think I would have gone forward with the decision. In the last year I have installed a bunch of trial software, and tons of various apps as I learned what worked for me ( and what didn't ). I use appcleaner to remove all files when I uninstall software but have noticed a few glitches popping up over time and on occasion some of my adobe CC apps hang, which I think has something to do with having the CS6 trial stuff loaded at one point, but even after I removed them they seem to show up when I update the CC apps which is pretty odd and I think has something do do with the instability. I have had a variety of apps crash as well... not just adobe's. Long story short, I just want to wipe the slate clean and reinstall a fresh version of the OS. I have a full backup of my user's directory/documents. I am not concerned with that aspect of it as I know where the information is stored that I want to keep. Assuming I have a complete backup of my relevant data, I am just looking for some tips as far as how to go about the process of wiping the system and getting a fresh OSX install going. For instance, is it hard to get a current copy of OSX to install or how does that work? I am currently running OSX 10.9.1 Thanks for any advice.