Uninstalling and Reinstalling Mac OS Leopard - Tips and Suggestions

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Tomlija, Jun 2, 2009.

  1. Tomlija macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2009
    Hey guys,

    I am preparing to uninstall and reinstall Leopard for the first time. Actually, I had a couple of questions for you and was wondering if anyone could help...

    1. Am I supposed to run any kind of disk maintenance (repairing permissions for example) prior to reinstalling Leopard?

    2. Since all of my apps are going to be downgraded to its previous versions that originally came with Leopard installation DVDs, and my OS is going to be downgraded to 10.5.3 (I am on 10.5.7 at the moment), I am in a dilemma. Is it better to go with step-by-step update of Leopard (first download 10.5.4 and install it, than 10.5.5, etc...) or go directly to 10.5.7 from 10.5.3 (I think combo update is all about that, correct me if I am wrong)

    3. About all the apps that go with Leopard (iTunes, iMovie, Quick Time Player)... Do you suggest me to update them as soon as I install 10.5.3 or to update to 10.5.7 first and then install all the application updates?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
    Thank you so much in advance!

    Matt :apple:
  2. uberamd macrumors 68030


    May 26, 2009
    I usually reinstall the OS (using archive and install), migrate the accounts over automatically, then run ALL updates. After updates are done, I reinstall all of my apps, do updates again, then call it a day.

    Take note that if you do a clean install instead of an archive and install, your documents and what not will go bye bye unless you have them backed up somewhere else.
  3. ziggyonice macrumors 68020


    Mar 12, 2006
    Rural America
    If you're doing a clean install (as opposed to an archive & install), then there's no need to do any disk maintenance. After doing the install, just do the combo update, it usually has fewer problems. Finally, after updating to the latest version of the OS, do the updates for everything else.
  4. Tomlija thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2009

    Guys, thanks you so much for the feedback!

    Yes, I am going to do a clean install. But, until now I didn't know about the 'archive & install' option. Can you just give a little insight on that particular subject? What is the difference exactly?


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