Get your Mac ready for Mountain Lion

The better shape your Mac is in before 10.8 arrives, the better your installation will go

By Dan Frakes, Macworld |  Operating Systems, Macs, Mountain Lion

What if you've got an otherwise compatible Mac that's still running Leopard (OS X 10.5)? The easiest option is
to purchase Snow Leopard for $29 and install it now, then
upgrade to Mountain Lion when it's released. You'll still be paying less than $50 for a huge OS upgrade. If that
isn't an option for you, for whatever reason, stay tuned--we'll explain how to install 10.8 over Leopard, assuming
you have the right to do so, much as we did with Lion last year. (If you've
got one of the two Mac models that originally shipped with OS X 10.4 Tiger and support Mountain Lion, and you're
still running Tiger, you definitely want to go the Snow Leopard -> Mountain Lion route--the alternative is very
messy. Also, wow.)

Finally, although it's not a requirement, if you've got a desktop Mac, I highly recommend picking up Apple's Magic Trackpad if you don't already
have one. The systemwide gestures introduced in Lion last year are only going to become more pervasive as OS X
evolves, and you likely won't enjoy the full benefits of Mountain Lion without a trackpad. (MacBook users, of
course, all have a trackpad already.) I personally prefer a mouse or large trackball for general "mousing," but I
keep a Magic Trackpad within reach, as well, just to take advantage of OS X's gesture-based features. I call it my
Magic Gesturepad.

Pre-install tasks

While Apple describes the process of upgrading to Mountain
Lion
as a simple download and install, those of us who've been doing this for a while know that a major OS
update is never that simple. Perform the following tasks before the upgrade and you'll have a much better chance of
actually enjoying a pain-free experience.


Originally published on Macworld |  Click here to read the original story.
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