Upgrading to Mountain Lion before installing Lion

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Muffin87, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. Muffin87 macrumors member

    May 7, 2007
    I ordered a Retina Macbook Pro bound to arrive by July 31st.
    The machine won't probably run Mountain Lion and I'd like it very much if by my first "turning-on" I could already install Mountain Lion, without logging in Lion and then subsequently update the system.

    Is there a way to turn on the system for the first time and say to the Lion Installer "hey, can you check out if Mountain Lion was released and, if so, install Mountain Lion instead of Lion?"

    Thank you very much in advance,
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    There is no disadvantage to logging into Lion and then upgrading to ML. The results will be the same as if it came with ML preinstalled.
  3. Muffin87 thread starter macrumors member

    May 7, 2007
    It's just I feel it won't be a truly clean install, and stuff like preferences and permissions might end up being coded in a more complicated way, resulting in corruptness later on.
    Not that I'm an expert, I just feel safer.
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    No, it won't corrupt anything. It will simply remember your preferences, so you don't have to reset them all over again. Upgrading is a very efficient process.
  5. BlazednSleepy macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2012
    Oh stop it. Just upgrade it.
  6. Muffin87, Jul 25, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2012

    Muffin87 thread starter macrumors member

    May 7, 2007
    This is what my 2006 iMac has started to go like shortly after I upgraded to Lion.
    Not that I don't like cubism or Bauhaus, but luckily it's not my main computer anymore.
    Screens like these aren't necessarily connected to software problems, not to say OS upgrade problems, however it did start to happen shortly after the upgrade to Lion, it happens like 3 or 4 times a day now.

    The fact that a connection between the upgrade and the issue can't be proven doesn't prevent the average user from thinking clean installs are the best.
    Apparently 40% of the users here think so too...

    Thanks for the insightful suggestion,

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  7. iHateMacs macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2008
    Coventry, UK
    The longer you have been using a computer and the more apps and drivers etc you have installed the more likely you are to get problems with an upgrade as opposed to a clean install.

    If your machine is brand new then the likelihood of a problem is virtually nil.

    I agree with BlazednSleepy. Don't be so wet and just upgrade it normally.

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