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OS X 10.6.8 versus Lion

by AM_SOS / November 7, 2012 11:16 AM PST

This one is about the reliability of OS X 10.6.8 and the newer versions of OS X Lion.

I have a 13 in MBP (Dec 2010 with OS X 10.6.8 as default).

While I have not had any serious problems with the running of the OS, I have wondering if I should not be upgrading to the new OS X Lion? I have been pretty satisfied with this version of OS X so far. But, now I wonder if it would not be better to shift to the newer OS and if this would also not make the performance peppier?

If I do go for an upgrade to OS X Lion, could this cause problems with reading any of the data that I have saved on this version of OS X?

I am particularly thinking of MS Word files etc. Will the current version of MS Office 2011 for Mac work equally reliably with OS X Lion?

Are there any software glitches involved in shifting from OS X to Lion? And basically is it worth it, given that I do not do any specialist work other than lots of typing, internet, and movies/music?


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I'd take care of that maintenance item first.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 7, 2012 2:32 PM PST

I find folk think that the upgrade of the OS may solve the age old maintenance items for them. Sadly I've written too much about this.

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Age old saying "If it ain't broke, Don't fix it."
by I_fix_technology / November 8, 2012 12:31 AM PST

I find that constantly upgrading to newer operating systems tends to be a race to stay current. Thats all.

My mac is running the same operating system as yours and It hasn't given me and major problems outside of the normal computer issues such as running out of space, slow speeds, and so on. Most of those are user issues anyway. Lol!

Be confident that you have a superior machine. My advice... don't get a brand new paint job on a brand new car. Just be sure to keep it washed and it'll last a long time! Wink

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 8, 2012 1:46 AM PST

I see where they have a small issue and once in a while you find folk trying to fix it by changing the OS. In this case I think it's not the OS.

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by AM_SOS / November 8, 2012 11:09 PM PST

Thanks! I see your point. I think that first I should simply try and reinstall 10.6.8 and see the improvement in overall performance that I get?

When you say maintenance, do you have specific things in mind? It would be great if you could tell me what one should be doing on a regular basis to keep the OS in good condition ...


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