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Mike_W
Upgrading from 10.3.9
on Jun 8, 2006 at 2:25:31 pm

Hi,

Completely new to the world of Macs. Currently running OS X 10.3.9 (Panther?). Need to upgrade to at least 10.4.4 (Tiger?)

Two questions:

1. Can I upgrade directly by buying the latest upgrade (10.4.6?)

2. Can I achieve this upgrade without having to re-install all my software?

I'll be grateful for any help/advice that comes my way.

Mike


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Jeff Carpenter
Re: Upgrading from 10.3.9
on Jun 8, 2006 at 3:01:13 pm

Yes, just buy a 'Tiger' DVD from a store or online.

You have 3 options when upgrading:

1) Simple: It updates the OS around your data. Fast, easy.

2) Archive and Install: Takes your system info, saves it, then erases everything else and puts Tiger on the hard drive. You import the settings you want to keep later from where they were all saved. (I think you have to back up your actual data files yourself, however.)

3) Erase and Install: Wipes the drive clean, puts Tiger on it. ALL of your data and settings are gone.

Option #1 is easiest, option #3 will give you the safest, most stable system. A lot of people say to just go with #3, but honestly, you should probably give #1 a try. Back up all your data somewhere first and give it a shot. If you start having trouble you can always go back and do #3 later. No harm in at least TRYING the easy way first.

If you do go with option 3, follow the directions I put in this post here:

http://forums.creativecow.net/cgi-bin/new_read_post.cgi?forumid=71&postid=8...

That one was about Panther, I think, but it'll work the same.


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Mike_W
Re: Upgrading from 10.3.9
on Jun 9, 2006 at 7:41:40 am

Thanks Jeff, will be upgrading this weekend if I can tear myself away from the World Cup.

Mike


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Jeff Carpenter
Re: Upgrading from 10.3.9
on Jun 9, 2006 at 10:57:11 am

That's what commercials are for! :-)

Actually, I'm not totally joking...doing this kind of work involves a lot of clicking "ok" 3 or 4 times then waiting 10 minutes while files copy off a disc. A sporting event with small breaks every few minutes is actually the perfect companion for a reinstall.


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Mike_W
Re: Upgrading from 10.3.9
on Jun 9, 2006 at 11:01:23 am

But surely the ad breaks are for trips to the fridge!

Maybe I'll just install during the dull games... When do the US play? :-)


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eyecamiam
Re: Upgrading from 10.3.9
on Jun 12, 2006 at 5:53:32 am

Does 10.4 have the migration utility where you can back up all your stuff to a firewire drive and then do a clean install but select the option to have the utility move all your old stuff to the new computer? It worked for me when I upgraded to 10.3.


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