5 Things To Do Before Installing Mavericks
Yesterday Apple turned the software world on its head by announcing that their newest operating system, Mavericks, would be a free upgrade for Apple owners. Before you run over to your Mac in excitement to start the install, however, there are a few things you should make sure to do first!
1. Clean up your desktop: In case you weren’t aware, having lots of items and files on your desktop can slow down your Mac’s performance. Not a good idea if you are about to download a new operating system. After all, we don’t want lag or any stalling to occur during the download, so just make sure you put away those loose files to make the transition a smooth one!
2. Empty your trash: To be honest, I am not sure this does anything, but just as a matter of principle I like to make sure I have taken out the trash before I begin any major upgrades to my computer. If anything, emptying the trash on your computer could save you some extra time on indexing that we will discuss in step #5!
3. Backup your computer: Whether you use time machine or another method to backup your Mac, make sure you take care of all that before you proceed with the installation of Mavericks. It is always a possibility during an operating system switch that some error could occur and something bad could happen to your computer so just make sure to have everything saved before you proceed.
4. Make sure your Mac is plugged into a power source: These installs can take some time so make sure your laptop is plugged into a power source and that your desktop has a secure power connection. I would hate to think what could happen if you suddenly lost power mid-install!
5. Choose a time where you can be without your Mac for a day or so: No, the install itself shouldn’t take a day to complete, but whenever you are upgrading to a new operating system your computer runs a little slower for the first day or so afterwards. This is because the new operating system needs time to index all your files and if you have a full hard drive, this could take about a day or so. Be prepared and just make sure you don’t begin the transition on a day you really need your computer for something, just in case it doesn’t run as well immediately after the install.
So, will you be making the upgrade to Mavericks? How do you feel about Apple’s free upgrade? Which features of Mavericks are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments!