Worth Putting Mountain Lion on Mid 2007 iMac?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by ajo, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. ajo macrumors 6502

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    We have a recent macbook pro anyway, so it will be going on there. But was just wondering if I will be gaining much by installing on the mid 2007 iMac?

    Thanks

    ajo
     
  2. duncyboy macrumors 6502a

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    I have a mid 2007 iMac too and I did a test install of ML on a seperate partition and it was much more fluid than Lion.

    The stuttering I used experience with Launchpad and Mission Control etc were all but gone and Safari 6 was a big improvement.

    I would advise a full, fresh install though. I've never had any joy with upgrade-installs.
     
  3. ajo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks

    I have backed up using Time Machine. Will all my programs that I no longer have the CD's/DVD's for get reinstalled from the backup?
     
  4. El Awesome macrumors 6502

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    I do not recommend installing it. I own a 2007 iMac with a 2.4Ghz C2D and 4GB RAM and it is much slower than Lion used to be.

    But you have TM, if you don't mind spending the money then give it a test. TM Backups will work without reinstalling anything. You just boot up and it's fine again.
     
  5. peglegjack macrumors 6502

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    This. You should definitely do it.
     
  6. duncyboy macrumors 6502a

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    Any programs that are in your app folder will be there with Mountain Lion if you do an upgrade-install or restore your settings and applications etc from a Time Machine back-up HOWEVER...

    If your apps/programs AREN'T Mountain Lion compatible they'll be bunged in a seperate folder. You'll get a little warning once you're restored from TM or whatever saying "Some programs/items were incompatible..."

    Make sure the stuff you need will run on ML before you install it if they're essential to you.
     
  7. bradengelmann macrumors newbie

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    Installed 10.8 last night on my 24" Core 2 Duo from August of 2007. Confirmed with Apple on the serial number that it was eligible. Did a clean install. Still early but so far machine is snappy; Leopard was previous OS and that was a bit sluggish. A few things to attach to it yet but so far I'm impressed.

    In short I highly recommend it for this group of Macs. My machine is upgraded to 3 GB RAM and a 500 GB hard drive otherwise stock from that introduction date.

    Oh--highly recommend CLEAN install. Not upgrade.

    http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/imac/specs/imac-core-2-duo-2.4-24-inch-aluminum-specs.html
     

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