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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ted Landau tunnels into Hewlett-Packard's tech support hierarchy to solve a couple of tricky scanner issues.
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.
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.
Looking for a file? You'll have a better chance of finding it with these tricks for OS X's Spotlight.
In this week's Mac 101, Chris Breen begins his series on creating compelling videos with iMovie.