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Take Control of Upgrading to Mavericks by Joe Kissell

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Make Final Preparations

Now that you know which basic installation technique you’re going to use, you’re nearly ready to proceed. Your next major step (which could take hours, or even longer) is to obtain the Mavericks installer; then I’ll recommend a few other quick, last-minute tasks before you dive in.

Look Before You Leap

If you haven’t already read the sidebar Should You Think Twice Before Upgrading?, take a moment to do so. Some of the changes in the initial release of Mavericks—notably the way Mail behaves, especially with Gmail accounts—may affect you in ways that persuade you to postpone your upgrade until a solution is found.

Turn Off Anti-malware Software

In general, anti-malware software doesn’t interfere with purchases and upgrades ...

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