Skip to comments.Upgrading to Lion
Posted on 07/20/2011 11:29:45 AM PDT by Glenn
I upgraded both of my Macs to Lion this afternoon.
Time to install and reboot (each): 40 minutes
Took about 30 minutes to upgrade my mail. Could do nothing while that happened.
Once the mail was processed, the system fully started.
Spotlight began reindexing in the background and it took a lot of CPU. Everything was running slow. Mail seemed to be the target of the Spotlight reindex.
Launch pad is great for an old man like me. Looking at those itty bitty icons in the application list was getting harder.
The new scrolling took a minute to get used to. You move your finger up the mouse to get it to scroll down. I adapted quickly.
Spell checking in Safari now. Great for FR posting!
I paid to upgrade my Mac Tower. The upgrade on my MBP was a freebie. I hadn't expected that.
Okay. So now I am off to explore what else is new.
In before the AAA-bunch. I will probably wait to upgrade till this weekend. Bookmarked for any future updates.
Can’t wait to hear all about it. :)
Thanks for pioneering. I do exactly the opposite, so I depend on guys like you to take the arrows for me. :-)
I have many older apps that I don’t believe will run on Lion so I’m seriously looking at Windows emulation as much more valuable than before.
I don’t think of myself as a lion. You might as well though, I have a mighty roar.
Does the new upgrade really need 7GB. I have 4GB
Have to admit I am kind of scared to upgrade my IMAC from Snow leopard to Lion by myself. Was it pretty easy?
Check Software Update, I hear the latest iTunes is 64-bit Cocoa for Lion now. It’s about time.
I’m still waiting to upgrade, maybe next month. I never upgrade any OS as soon as it’s available, not even OS X. I’ve never had one problem upgrading OS X, just general principle.
Like falling off a log. One button install. Fear not.
As to the 7GB, I am not sure. It was never an issue for me.
I saw the requirement of 7GB in the installation requirement. Also what is Lion Server?
Good to hear it went well. I am planing on doing my Mac tomorrow.
System requirementsx86-64 processor (Macs with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core i3, Intel Core i5, Intel Core i7, or Xeon processor.)
At least 2GB of RAM
Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later (Mac OS X 10.6.8 recommended)
7 GB of free Hard Drive space is recommended 
Some features require an Apple ID; terms apply. 
Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply. 
I’ll probably upgrade the iMac to Lion about the time iCloud launches. Of course, I’m trying to talk the Mrs. into letting me get the updated MacBook Air (with Lion).
On my About this Mac; it shows everything except it shows 4GB; not 7 GB. No one has ever said that before. Do I have to take this in?
Did you install updates after installing Lion??
I just bought this IMAC in 9/10. I am updated on everything Snow Leopard. However, I am confused about the 7GB requirement. My About this Mac shows 4 GB. They said that was all I needed. I would hate to start a download and wonder why I am getting nowhere because I didn’t know I needed more space. Btw, just happened to catch that 7GB needed before downloading.
See above. It needs 7GB of hard disk space to install. Open a window in Finder and it will show the GB available at the bottom of the window.
You need 2 GB of RAM, sounds like you have 4GB.
You will need 7 GB of Hard Drive disk space - I would hope you have a lot more than that. Chances are your hard drive came with 300 GB or more.
I don’t understand what you are saying when you say “Open a window in Finder?” What window?
I’m going to have to pick up a family pack.. it’s a lot cheaper..
Actually, the $29 download is the "family pack". Like anything else bought on the app store, you can use the Lion OS upgrade on multiple computers with a single purchase.
MacWorld recommends backing up the download file before installing, however, as the installation will wipe away the download file, and you don't want to have to pull the whole download off the web again for each machine.
You know. I am really going to be mad; if I have to take this computer in for more space when I specially asked about upgrades and they said fine. Not good business practice being dishonest to customer.
Make sure to run system update to get the new iTunes, and anything else that may have an update available that’s Lion specific - I got one for iWork11 as well as iTunes.
And yeah, the scrolling is going to take some getting used to... I’m very accustomed to my Logitech mouse with a scroll wheel. It’s bas-ackwards now :)
The 4 GB is your RAM, not your disk space. Lion only requires 2 GB of RAM, so you're good there.
The 7 GB recommendation is for free hard drive space -- odds are you have that much available unless you've filled the whole hard drive. Open up Finder and do a "Get Info" on your hard drive under "Devices" -- that will tell you how much hard drive space you have available.
Do you have (do you need) multitouch trackpad input devices?
No. It’s not a requirement, but I do use the Magic Mouse. I like it.
LOL Maybe I have an IMac from Mars. There is no Get Info on Devices of Finder.
Here is what I found at bottom
Macintosh HD 484.69 GB available
I Disk 10.73GB available
Thanks. Lol Never claimed to know anything important about computers. I bought to stop an incredibly large computer continual repair bill for viruses on a PC. It’s paid off there.
I’m in the process of downloading as I type. That’s the part that takes the longest. Anyway, take the 7GB free diskspace as gospel. You’ll need the space for working with the file. In fact, if you cAn, I’d free up a whole lot more space. Lion will try and create a recovery partition on the HD as well.
So don’t go out trying to upgrade without a full backup, and as I mentioned, free up as much space as you can.
There are 2 primary types of memory (that the non-engineer, non-programmer, non-chip designer) really cares about.
RAM and the size of your hard drive. Many Macs come with at least 2 GB, and many come with much more. You ONLY need 2 GB; you have 7 GB.
Hard Drive - I don’t know how big a hard drive you bought with your Mac. Many Macs came with a 300 GB drive; is your drive 97% full? If not, then you have more than 7 GB free - and you should be fine.
If you pull up the info panel on your hard drive; you will know the hard drive capacity, how much space you are using, and the all-important ‘Free space available’.
If you have more than 7 GB of free space available - you are golden, good to go.
If you have less than 20 GB of free space, I personally urge you to invest in a second hard drive and move some stuff over. Hard drives never run at peak performance when they are over 80% full. I cannot speak to the performance/capacity ratio on the new SSD (solid-state disks) that are now the latest screaming storage media. I simply don’t have any experience with them, yet.
This lil ol granny just finished the download with no problems at all.
I noticed the change in direction for the mouse scroll, so went to preferences and looked for a check box. Sure enough, you can uncheck it, and the mouse will scroll just like it used to - for those too lazy to make the change.
Everything seems to be working fine. Now I have to get all my apps organized the way I like them on the Launchpad.
Seems very sweet to me, and I love the new calendar app!
You have 484.69 GB available on your hard drive for the installation. Go for it!
OS X Lion with various server functionality added. Most operating systems these days are the same between servers and clients, the main difference being the features and some settings tweaks, and for Windows the unlocking of various artificial limitations (such as maximum processor and memory usage).
Thank you and now if I can figure out how to back up files. LOL
Hey guys, if you don’t ask; you ain’t ever going to stumble your way to success.
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I’ve read some speculation that Lion Server may be headed towards offering local iCloud like functionality. Which i wuld like rather than having all my stuff transfered around in the big cloud. Don’t know, I’m just downloading the desktop at the moment.
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I was wondering about that, but couldn’t find any mention of that.. Anyway, it’s no big deal for me to run over to the apple store.. Always fun..
Upgraded iMac & both MacBooks without issue this morning. Safari FINALLY seems to be running like a good browser should & I’ve noticed a speed increase in the opening & closing of apps.
Well worth the $29.99!
Does that seem right to you?
You need 3.47GB for the download, and about 3.5GB of free space to install it. Voila, 7GB of required install space.
Step 1: Buy an external hard drive big enough to hold your data
Step 2: Plug it in
Step 3: Click "Use as Backup Disk" when OS X asks if you want to
I am excited to get this done. I have to upgrade from leopard to lion. I’ve bought 2g new ram to add, but I don’t have the right little screwdriver. Once I get one I can try to do all this and give my 3 yr old iMac some new life.
If you back up regularly (I use super duper) that should be enough, right?
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