Tuesday, July 17, 2012

How to Make Your Mac Ready for Mountain Lion

Apple's new version for Mac OS X i.e. Mountain Lion is going to release this July, and the long wait of  Mac users is going to end. But is your Mac prepared to welcome new OS?

Though Apple hasn't released the detailed specifications on the system requirements for Mountain Lion, specifications as per developer releases recommended that your Mac should be one of the following models in order to run Mountain Lion:
  • iMac (mid-2007 or newer) 
  • MacBook (late 2008 Aluminum, or early 2009 or newer) 
  • MacBook Pro (mid/late 2007 or newer) 
  • MacBook Air (late 2008 or newer) 
  • Mac Mini (early 2009 or newer) 
  • Mac Pro (early 2008 or newer) 

More than that your Mac should be intel based with 64-bit EFI firmware code, as well as enough graphics capabilities to support the graphics attachments in Mountain Lion.

But the above list doesn't end here. Inspite of meeting all the above requirements, there should be atleast Snow Leopard installed on your Mac. This time Apple is providing this flexibility of upgarding to Mountain Lion from Lion as well as Snow Leopard. So, there is no need of buying Lion in order to upgrading it to the upcomning version. But if you are still running Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, then Apple is offering an upgrade to Snow Leopard, If your system meets the requirements for Mountain Lion. Here's an opportunity to upgrade to Snow Leopard, so to have the access to Apple store to be able to install Mountain Lion.

Above are the necessities before upgrading to mountain Lion, but there are certain options that you should be aware of before upgrading :
  • Do not Rush
With the release of new OS, people rush to upgrade it before others, but its not beneficial. Its often  recommended to wait for a few days and check the scenario if any bugs are being experienced by the users.
  • Back up before any Upgrade
Its always recommended to take proper backup before applying any software upgrade. It can be with the help of Time Machine, system cloning tool, or any other external software.
  • Make a Copy of Mountain Lion Installer
While installing through Apple store make a copy of insatller to the another drive, by burning to DVD, on an USB drive. As it will remove once the installation is complete. The process will save your time, when next time you install OS again.

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