OS X Mountain Lion was released yesterday as a Mac App Store download. OS X Mountain Lion, which includes over 200 new features costs just $19.99 and has already received plenty of positive reviews. It is unknown, as of this writing, whether or not Apple plans on releasing OS X Mountain Lion on USB thumb drives later on. Continue reading
Numerous Mac users have experienced an issue where their Airport WiFi icon displays “WiFi: No Hardware Installed” after installing the OS X Lion 10.7.3 or 10.7.4 update. This is extremely frustrating because as Mac users, we pay a premium for the “luxury” of owning a computer where Apple tightly controls the hardware / software environment in order to provide a computer operating experience of the utmost stability. Little blog to Apple; “you didn’t exactly get this one right!” Fortunately, there is a way to fix this issue. Continue reading
Overall, OS X Lion is an absolutely fantastic upgrade to Apple’s OS X line of operating systems. There is one new feature however that I do not like; reverse scroll. I am admittedly a little bit of an old fashioned “pointer and clicker” and I would like to keep it that way. Fortunately, it is very easy to disable reverse scrolling in OS X Lion. Continue reading
Apple released OS X Lion on Wednesday, July 20th as an App Store download. Although the OS X Lion installation is a seamless upgrade process, Apple did leave out the option for users to perform a clean installation of OS X Lion as part of the App Store release of the operating system. Fortunately however, it is fairly easy to create a bootable OS X Lion installation DVD so that you can perform a clean installation of Apple’s newest operating system should you decide to do so. Continue reading
OS X Lion was released earlier today and for the first time ever Apple has released an operating system as an App Store only download. OS X Lion costs only $29.99 and has already received plenty of positive reviews. Apple may be releasing OS X Lion on USB memory sticks later on, analysts have speculated that the cost will be $69.99. This guide will take you through the OS X Lion installation process.
OS X Lion Pre-installation Checklist
Verify that your applications are compatible with OS X Lion – Since Apple is eliminating support for Rosetta in OS X Lion, the software component that allows Power PC apps to run on Intel Macs, you must be certain that your applications are written as either a Universal Binary or Intel only. You can determine application compatibility by right clicking on an application icon and then left clicking on get info. Look for Kind: under the General: heading. Your application type will be listed in parenthesis.
Make sure that your Mac can run OS X Lion – Your Mac must have an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon Processor to run OS X Lion. I would also recommend that you have at least 4 GB of RAM. To determine your processor type and the amount of installed RAM on your Mac simply left click on the Apple icon on the top left corner of your screen and then click on About this Mac.
Perform a final Time Machine backup before upgrading to OS X Lion – Things can go wrong during operating system installations even on Macs. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and it’s very easy to initiate a manual Time Machine backup. Left click on the Time Machine icon and click backup now.
Installing OS X Lion
As previously stated, as of this writing OS X Lion can only be installed via the App Store. To download and install OS X Lion, all you need to do is open up the App Store and click on OS X Lion, which at least for today is featured at the top of the App Store screen.
It took about an hour for OS X Lion to download onto my Mac. After the download completes, you’ll notice an Install OS X Lion icon on your dock. Click the icon to begin the OS X Lion installation process.
As OS X Lion begins to install, you’ll be asked some very basic questions and you’ll be prompted to accept the EULA. You’ll also be asked to enter your password in order to allow OS X Lion to be installed on your Mac’s hard drive.
Your Mac will reboot and you’ll be brought to a screen labeled Install Mac OS X. There’s nothing to do at this point except sit back and wait while OS X Lion is installed on your Mac’s hard drive. The OS X The actual OS X Lion installation only took about half an hour to complete.
Your Mac will reboot after the OS X Lion installation has completed at which point you’ll be presented with the logon screen. Logon to your Mac, fill out the registration form, and you can now begin using OS X Lion.
Mac OS X users may notice a folder named “Recovered Files” in their trash after rebooting their Mac computer. This has been happening to me lately so I went ahead over to Apple’s Support website in order to research the issue.
Per this Apple support document, it turns out that it is perfectly normal for recovered files to appear in the OS X trash folder. Essentially the recovered files folder will be automatically created if an OS X application or an OS X system process fails to delete temporary files after the application or system process has terminated. This will most likely occur if an application or process crashes, but can also be the result of an OS X menubar icon, Dashboard Widget, or System Preferences pane that doesn’t quit properly upon system reboot.
Apple states that although you can use the recovered files folder to retrieve useful data, that in most cases the data will not be important and can therefore be permanently deleted. Some OS X experts state that you can avoid this issue by giving your Mac a tune up, i.e. delete temporary files, clear OS X cache files, etc. I have yet to be able to validate these claims, but a little Mac maintenance can never hurt. In fact, we’ve got a great Mac maintenance guide that you can use to clean up your Mac. At any rate, should you find a recovered files folder in your OS X trash, you have nothing to fear as this is a normal function of the OS X operating system.