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Take Control of Upgrading to Mountain Lion by Joe Kissell

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Migrate to a New Mac

If you buy a new Mac and move over your old applications and data, that’s not upgrading—it’s migrating, because your new Mac already contains the latest (or nearly so) version of OS X. But, I get it: it feels like upgrading, because yesterday you were using a Mac running an old version of Mac OS X and by the end of the day today you want to be using a Mac running a new version. So, if you are, or are about to be, the proud owner of a new Mac and you want to know how to get your old files onto it, you’ve come to the right place.

In Mountain Lion, Apple’s Migration Assistant utility can help you with not only upgrading from an old Mac to a new one but also from a Windows PC to a Mac. I talk about both options in this chapter. ...

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