Your 5 steps before Mac OS X Lion upgrade

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With Mac OS X Lion expected on July 14th you will now need to ask yourself if your Mac is all ready to receive the upgrade? We still do not have an official date, but Steve Jobs did say that it will be this month. As you may know there is a host of new features coming in the new operating system, so you had better be prepared. The reason we say this is because it is time-consuming, and it not as simple as installing it and that is it.

Apple has always tried to make these sort of upgrades painless as possible, and offering the upgrade via the Mac App Store is proof of that. No matter how many times you have done this before you always forget to do something. Mashable know this, which is why they have come up with an informative guide to the 5 steps needed before the Mac OS X Lion upgrade.

The first step is a little obvious, always check for any major software updates before installing Lion, not only for your current OS but also third-party programs as well. Some of you may have opted not to download the recent Mac OS X 10.6.8, but you need to install this, as it will prepare your Mac for Lion. We do not need to show you how to do this, as you should all know by now.

If for some reason you do not have much storage space left, then you had best clear some, as Lion will be around 4GB in total. However, you should always double that to be safe. There are a number of useful programs that can tell you what programs you no longer need. The third step is to make sure that all programs you have installed are compatible with Mac OS X Lion. We have seen on a number of occasion with OS upgrades that not everything works correctly afterwards.

The fourth thing that you need to remember is that Apple will now drop support from PowerPC Apps. This will be an issue for some of you, as some of the older applications will no longer work. However, some of the new ones will be fine.

The final step before you upgrade is to backup. Although Apple say that no data will be overwritten and that all will go smoothly, we have seen time and again this not to be true in a few rare cases.
This is easy to do, but you will need a separate hard drive to do this.

We hope that you found this advice of interest?

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