Uninstalling Snow Leopard

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by modernart, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. modernart macrumors member

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    If I run SL and decide I don't like it and want to go back to my old OSX, is it as easy as just uninstalling it?
     
  2. PeggyD macrumors 6502a

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    No. You will have to reinstall Leopard. I think the best & easiest thing to do is clone your existing installation to an external FireWire (or USB) hard drive using SuperDuper! (my choice) or Carbon Copy Cloner. Make sure you can boot from the clone before installing Snow Leopard on your main drive. You can then clone it back if you decide you don't like Snow Leopard.
     
  3. JustGretchen macrumors 6502

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    if you have an intel mac, I can pretty much guarantee you will like snow leopard. there will be zero reason to go back.
     
  4. aleni macrumors 68020

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    agreed, but if there is no Epson R230 driver for Snow leopard for the time being, then i'm fecked because i print everyday since my business needs me to print a lot of things i design..
     
  5. guydude193 macrumors 6502a

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    I doubt Snow Leopard will take away drivers. :p
     
  6. andyACEcandy macrumors 6502a

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    Why would you not like it? What are the drastic changes between the 2?
     
  7. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    There will likely be a time period of waiting for many apps to be updated to work properly on Snow Leopard. If one of the apps you use often is included in those, then you may not have a very good initial Snow Leopard experience.

    If it breaks something I use, its a downgrade, no matter how much quicker it runs. I should have my disc Friday or early next week but imagine it'll be a couple weeks until I actually upgrade.
     
  8. Hermolicious84 macrumors member

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    When you install Snow Leopard (or even after you've installed it) you have the option to install printer drivers. There will be either a 'Customize' button (upon install) or an 'Optional Installs' folder (on SL disk).

    With either of these, you will see an option for 'Printer Support', which will have 3 choices: Popular Printers, Connected Printers, or All Printers. If the R230 is connected to your Mac, it should automatically install the driver if you choose that option. But like someone else has stated, it your printer worked in Leopard, it is unlikely that it will not work in Snow Leopard. Why would Apple remove printer drivers, of all things?
     
  9. devburke Guest

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    I guess some people are still uneasy from the XP -> Vista transition.
     
  10. HKverfechter macrumors newbie

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    Considering Uninstalling SL!

    After multiple attempts to install SL, I finally was successful. I have one problem. It appears as though I have a "virgin" desktop! I thought that all of my settings, bookmarks, etc. Would have migrated over. Do I have to manually do this? If so, I may as well go back to10.5. I have a cloned backup of my 10.5 and thought that it automatically would apply the above questioned issues.
     
  11. Sambo110 macrumors 68000

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    If everything working properly for you is important, wait a bit. If it's not, install it now. In my opinion. And I did the upgrade and it is the exact same as it was before upgrading, background picture, settings, widgets etc.
     
  12. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    According to this its supported.
     
  13. p75ranger macrumors newbie

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    Snow leopard install problems

    The installation went ok, BUT - I kept getting popup msgs saying Norton anti virus was a problem AND I couldn't see my Time Machine icon on the desktop AND I can't open System Preferences.

    I deleted everything I could find relating to Norton but must not have gotten it all. Also my icon I use to get to Citrix only gives me TextEdit junk.

    This is THE MOST problems I've ever had installing new Mac software and I've had them all back to the IIe
     
  14. jetalcott macrumors newbie

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    Access with Proxy

    I installed NL at home without incident, but at work I have been unable to log in to the network. Thus, my internet is unavailable and Entourage cannot access the Exchange server.

    Any ideas?
     
  15. agentphish macrumors 65816

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    Forgive me for saying so, and I hope you get it all worked out, but thats what you get for running crappy software like Norton on your Mac.

    I would suggest trashing the Mac HD/Library/Preferences/System Configuration folder and rebooting. See if that works for you with your other issues...
     
  16. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Have you run Migration Assistant?
     
  17. Rodney Nagel macrumors newbie

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    Snow Leopard

    I develop Java applications using NetBeans.
    I have just installed Snow Leopard and experience the following problems to date:
    - CuteFP Pro for Mac will not start
    - When debugging Java apps in NetBeans, the values for Local variables are missing

    I have Googled the net for help without success, so I believe my last option is to restore 10.5.

    Can I simply run the 10.5 Installer??

    Constructive help would be appreciated!
     
  18. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Yes, but you can't downgrade as easily as you upgraded. You'll have to back up your data and do a fresh install of Leopard.
     
  19. Consultant macrumors G5

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    If you backup first then it's EASY to reverse any changes.
     
  20. WizardHunt macrumors 68000

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    Well that is exactly what happened to me it seems. I have the Canon Pixma MP620 wireless printer. It does not work at all. I went to their website and they said they will be making a driver that will work with SL in about 2-3 weeks. So why did that happen? It worked great with Leopard 10.5.8. But now it is toast for now until I get a new set of drivers.
     
  21. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Snow Leopard ostensibly has built-in drivers for your printer. Did you opt to install printer drivers when you installed the OS?
     
  22. WizardHunt macrumors 68000

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    Yes I did do the optional installs. I checked off the printer box and it said successfully installed. But I did not see where they installed the drivers. I rebooted and still the printer does not work. It says on my printer that you must install the software in order to use this printer. I even did the apple update option afterwards and it found nothing to update.

    Frustrating to say the least.
     
  23. snowdude1190 macrumors newbie

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    Actually, i have talked with Apple Specialist's and i was informed that some printers actually wont work YET. So for those of us (yes, im included) that have printers that ARE NOT supported yet, downgrading to leopard is the most non-efficient but only option we have to use our printers. Yes, this makes users upset. This is a common issue but all we can do is wait for software updates.

    Also, yes, a lot of 3rd party software will not work with snow leopard immediately because they have not created versions that are compatible. For example, I bought finale notepad and installed it on Snow Leopard...long story short, it doesnt work correctly. I called them because it constantly required me to authorize my account even though it was already authorized. They said, it's not fully compatible YET for snow leopard and that i might have trouble with finale notepad. So once again, because i need finale notepad for my collegiate studies, i must downgrade to leopard so i can "save and print" my finale documents. As well as USE MY DAMN PRINTER!

    I love Apple and most of Apple products are almost the most efficient, worry less things one will ever touch. BUT this software stuff really does show that they can't be perfect at everything. I still love Apple though, don't get me wrong. Windows sucks. lol.

    That's all i had to say =P
     
  24. jjividen macrumors newbie

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    Snow Leopard

    I have used Apple products since the Apple I computer. Today I am uninstalling Snow Leopard. The reason is simple- it does not work as advertised. As a computer artist, imagine Photoshop crashing practically every time you try to save an image. Imagine Mail crashing each time an image is attached for a client to preview. Image what it is like to have most of your applications stalling and restarting with a crash report ready to send to Apple. Well, all of this is true on my Macbook Pro (2.9GHz computer and I have had enough...guess all of you will have to feel the pain if you work in these environments as well.
     
  25. WizardHunt macrumors 68000

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    May I ask how you installed Snow Leopard, by upgrade, or clean install? I had problems on some software when I did the upgrade. But then I decided to reinstall doing a erase and install (clean install) and now things are running near perfect. I am still missing my printer drivers but they will not be ready until Oct 9th I am told. But what I am saying you should try a clean install, and you should be fine. Did i fail to mention that I run Photoshop CS3 with no problems at all after I did the clean install.
     

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