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Best-selling author Joe Kissell guides you through every step in the process of upgrading to Mountain Lion. You'll begin with a compatibility check, learn to make a suitable pre-upgrade backup, and then follow assorted pre-upgrade advice, including managing your Apple ID, deleting digital detritus, and making a safe copy of the installer file. Joe helps you pick an upgrade plan: in-place (easy), clean install (for control freaks), over Leopard (a time-saving option), and even to a new Mac that's running Mountain Lion. He also describes the basics of installing Mountain Lion Server. After guiding you through the upgrade, Joe gets you started with key post-installation steps. You'll also find troubleshooting advice in case of upgrade failure, along with a chapter about Recovery mode.

In particular, you'll learn how to:

  • Manage iCloud: During your Mountain Lion installation, you'll be asked for an Apple ID, but should you enter one? And, if you have more than one, which one? You'll find advice for sorting out your Apple ID before you enter the installer.

  • Upgrade from Tiger or Leopard: How will you download the installer from the Mac App Store on one of these Macs? What about Rosetta for PowerPC-based apps? Joe answers these questions and discusses the special challenges you'll encounter when trying to upgrade efficiently from 10.4 Tiger or 10.5 Leopard.

  • Handle Your Hardware: Check for Mountain Lion compatibility, clear extra files and software off your disk, and test your Mac to be sure all the hardware and disks are running properly--better to discover and correct a problem now than on upgrade day.

  • Deal with duplication: Learn why having a duplicate of your hard disk is essential before installing Mountain Lion, and how to make one. Also, get help with backing up a Windows volume, should you be running Windows on your Mac via Boot Camp.

  • Consider a few geeky details: If you secure your data and documents with disk encryption now, or would like to under Mountain Lion, get advice on what to do before you upgrade and learn why Joe likes Apple's FileVault 2. Also, read what Joe thinks of partitioning and what you might want to do about it before installing.

  • Do the upgrade: Run the Mountain Lion installer, choosing all the optimal settings and options for your computer and tastes, and make sure all your personal data is still in place afterward.

  • Perform post-installation tasks: You're not done when the installer is - be sure to run Software Update, set up necessary user accounts, and (perhaps) turn on FileVault and Time Machine. You'll find help with troubleshooting any problems that may have occurred with your upgrade.

  • Go beyond the basics: Joe even covers topics such as the basics of installing Mountain Lion Server; moving from an older Mac to a newer one that already has Mountain Lion installed; and using Recovery mode to fix disk problems, reinstall Mountain Lion, and perform other maintenance tasks.

Table of Contents

  1. Read Me First
    1. Updates and More
    2. Basics
    3. What’s New in Version 1.2
  2. Introduction
  3. Mountain Lion Upgrade Quick Start
  4. Welcome Back, Version 1.0 Readers
  5. Older Cat? Learn New Tricks
    1. Plot a Post-Rosetta Strategy
    2. Anticipate Other Missing Components
    3. Meet the New FileVault
    4. Understand How Mountain Lion Is Distributed
    5. Consider Installer Changes
    6. Now What?
  6. Check Your Mac for Compatibility
    1. Model Support
    2. RAM
    3. Firmware Updates
    4. Free Disk Space
    5. Mac App Store Compatibility
    6. A Magic Input Device
  7. Get Your Head in the Cloud
    1. Learn about Your Apple ID(s)
    2. Ponder Your iCloud Settings
    3. Assemble Other Credentials
    4. Consider Cloud Sync for Your Files
  8. Back Up Your Disk
    1. Why You Need a Duplicate
    2. Prepare for a Duplicate
    3. Create a Duplicate
    4. Test Your Duplicate
    5. Back Up Windows Volumes
  9. Clean Up Your Mac
    1. Update Your Third-Party Software
    2. De-clutter Your Disk
    3. Run Apple Hardware Test
    4. Run Disk Utility
    5. Check Service Settings
    6. Update Your Duplicate
  10. Make Sure Your Disk Is Ready
    1. Consider Disabling Encryption
    2. Consider Re-partitioning Your Disk
  11. Decide on an Installation Method
    1. Plan A: In-place Upgrade
    2. Plan B: Clean Install
    3. Plan C: Install over Leopard
    4. Pick a Plan
  12. Make Final Preparations
    1. Obtain the Installer
    2. Copy the Installer to a Safe Place
    3. Update Your Duplicate (Again)
    4. Turn Off (Yes, Off) Automatic Duplicates
    5. Turn Off Anti-malware Software
    6. Make a Copy of This Book
  13. Upgrade Using Plan A: In-place Upgrade
    1. Start the Installer
    2. Select a Destination
    3. Organize Your Sock Drawer
    4. Finish Setup Assistant
    5. Check for Proper Operation
  14. Upgrade Using Plan B: Clean Install
    1. Start Up from Your Bootable Duplicate
    2. Erase Your Disk
    3. Run the Installer
    4. Use Setup Assistant
  15. Upgrade Using Plan C: Install over Leopard
    1. Option 1: Trick the Mountain Lion Installer
    2. Option 2: Clean Install onto Blank Volume
  16. Perform Post-installation Tasks
    1. Wrangle Spotlight
    2. Run Software Update
    3. Reinstall the Java Runtime
    4. Set Up User Accounts
    5. Tie Up Loose Ends with Apple IDs
    6. Turn Deactivated Features Back On
    7. Consider Turning On FileVault
    8. Review the Incompatible Software Folder
    9. Decide How to Use Time Machine
    10. Deal with Other Surprises
    11. Unhide the User Library Folder
    12. Check Command-Line Software
    13. Final Software Advice
    14. Take Mountain Lion to the Next Level
  17. Troubleshoot Upgrade Problems
    1. Can’t Run the Mountain Lion Installer…
    2. Can’t Select Installation Volume…
    3. Final Screen of Setup Assistant Hangs...
    4. Mac Won’t Start Up under Mountain Lion…
  18. Install Mountain Lion Server
  19. Migrate to a New Mac
    1. Understand Migration Concepts
    2. Migrate from Another Mac
    3. Migrate from a Windows PC
  20. Use Recovery Mode
    1. Get to Know the Recovery HD Volume
    2. Boot into Recovery Mode
  21. About This Book
    1. Ebook Extras
    2. About the Author
    3. Author’s Acknowledgments
    4. Shameless Plug
    5. About the Publisher
  22. Copyright and Fine Print
  23. Featured Titles