Be careful about upgrading your Apple operating system OSX Snow Leopard to Apple OSX Lion. This is the first time Apple has offered their upgrade by download over the Internet.
In one way it is a sign of things to come – by-passing CD’s and DVD’s you can purchase at the store. Apple is leading the pack in how to buy these kinds of upgrades. It is available to every Apple computer using their Apple App Store. While this is cheaper for all and easier in certain circumstances, the best way to ensure a smooth upgrade is not well advertised. Contrary to the notes within the upgrade marketing, all kinds of problems have been discovered by users. In order to avoid a lot of these problems, we suggest a backup and reinstall of Snow Leopard, and then upgrade to Lion on a ‘vanilla’ system.
1) Print out this list or copy and paste it to an email for yoruself
2) Backup everything at lease two or three different places – use a backup like CrashPlan or MozyPro or Transmit for the Tech Savvy. Each of these services require you to buy their services, but they both support backing up to their servers and to an external hard drive you buy from a local store. We suggest backing up to both their ‘cloud’ off site backup service and to a backup drive from Seagate or LaCie . Both service offer technical support to help with any minor questions.
Please note: DO NOT use the backup software that comes with backup hard drives.
3) Use the installation CD from your original computer box, re-start the computer, and hold down the letter “C” button while it starts.
4) Follow the steps to install a fresh copy – removing all data from the hard drive. After the initial installation, allow the machine to connect to the Internet and allow the machine to upgrade itself completely – this may take four restarts.
5) Once fully patched, go to the Apple App Store and download and install the OSX Lion upgrade (it will cost you $29.99).
6) Once Lion and updates have completed, install all the software you prefer, like:
Firefox (click on the Green link);
Chrome (Chrome includes Flash to play YouTueb videos);
VLC (Video LAN – to play almost all other kinds of videos);
Spotify (music service)
PDFPen (create, edit and update PDF files)
BBEdit (for programming)
Microsoft Office for Mac (Microsoft Office for Mac 2004 is not compatible with Lion – buy a new copy of 2008 or 2011, or download LibreOffice for free) . Don’t forget to run the Microsoft Office for Mac patches; Adobe CS5 updates, PDFPen, Dropbox, etc.
Take note – before you restore your data back from the local hard drive backup hard drive, take note that Apple’s works best if you are only using 80% of your hard drive space. Meaning if you plan on adding a lot of new music, movies and games, then you will want to consider going to a local preferred Authorized Apple provider or the Apple store itself. If you fill the hard drive up too much, the performance will go down.
This is the most assured way to upgrade to Lion with the least amount of trouble.
TAKE NOTE: The process of reinstalling Snow Leopard fresh, will remove all your data, so back it up and consider backing it up a second time before your upgrade.
If you are not in a position to perform the above upgrade process, you can try and clean up the problems of a ‘bad’ upgrade by trying these steps (thank you user ‘TimI006’ in Apple support community):
1) Clear off the desktop. Place all unnecessary files into a single folder on the desktop or better yet in the Documents folder where the probably belong.
2) Verify and repair the disk.
3) Verify and repair permissions.
4) Start the process of removing unwanted apps and make a list of those that you do want. Once the removal process is done, upgrade or replace (remove & re-install) the desired apps as needed.
5) Run the various cleanup scripts that the system would run normally. You can use the “Onyx” app (available via Apple) to do the maintenance.
Finally, it probably could not hurt to do steps 2 and 3 again at this point.