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Should you do a "clean install" of Mavericks?

Some Mac users choose to perform a "clean install" of each major new version of OS X, erasing their drive and starting over. Here’s a look at whether or not that's possible when installing Mavericks and, more important, whether it’s advisable.

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How to install Mavericks over Leopard

Apple says you need either Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6), Lion (OS X 10.7), or Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) installed before you can install Mavericks (OS X 10.9). But there are situations in which you may have a valid license for one of these prerequisite versions, but your Mac still has Leopard (OS X 10.5) installed. Here's how to save some time, and reduce the hassle, by upgrading directly from Leopard to Mavericks.

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Installing Mavericks: What you need to know

Mavericks (OS X 10.9) is available only as a direct download from Apple’s Mac App Store. This method of distribution is convenient, but it’s not without challenges and questions. Here’s a comprehensive look at the details of downloading, installing, and setting up Apple’s lastest OS. We also take a look at some of the upgrade obstacles you might face.

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Get your Mac ready for Mavericks (OS X 10.9)

Like Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) and Lion (OS X 10.7) before it, OS X 10.9 Mavericks is as easy to install as downloading an installer from the Mac App Store and double-clicking. But there are still some things you should do before downloading Mavericks to ensure that your Mac is ready and that the upgrade process goes smoothly.

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How to make a bootable Mavericks install drive

Though you can install Mavericks (OS X 10.9) directly from your Mac's hard drive, a bootable installer drive can be more convenient for installing the OS onto multiple Macs. And if your Mac is experiencing problems, a bootable installer makes a handy emergency drive. We walk you through the process of creating such a drive, step-by-step.

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Installing Mavericks: Our complete guide

The latest version of OS X, 10.9 Mavericks, is here. But before you rush to install Mavericks, you'll want to check out our in-depth guide to preparing your Mac for the new OS, downloading and installing it, creating a bootable backup of the installer, and more.

Easily add movies from one Mac to another Mac's iTunes library

The game: You rip movies on one Mac but want to add them to another Mac's iTunes library. Chris Breen provides an easy-does-it solution.

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How to format a startup drive for a Mac

If you want to format a drive that will be used as your Mac’s startup disk, the procedure is a little different from formatting it for use as a secondary drive for storing data.

Bugs & Fixes: Solve scanning problems via HP’s hidden settings

Ted Landau tunnels into Hewlett-Packard's tech support hierarchy to solve a couple of tricky scanner issues.

First iMovie steps: Importing video clips

Your dynamic iMovie project won't be much without some just-as-dynamic video clips. Professor Breen explains how to import video from a variety of sources.

Moving ebooks from Mac to Kindle

A new Kindle owner is keen to place the ebooks she's downloaded on to her digital reader but isn't sure where to begin. Chris Breen provides several avenues for doing so.

Six quick Spotlight tips

Looking for a file? You'll have a better chance of finding it with these tricks for OS X's Spotlight.

Getting started with iMovie

In this week's Mac 101, Chris Breen begins his series on creating compelling videos with iMovie.