Preparing For Lion

So like a lot of Mac users, you are counting down the days until Lion is released.  Here are just a couple of things you need to be aware of and you need to do before you upgrade to Lion.

First off you should check whether or not you can upgrade to Lion. You will need a Core 2 Duo processor, a Core Duo processor is not enough, this is because a Core 2 Duo processor is 64-Bit where as a Core Duo is only 32-Bit.  To check, click on the Apple menu, then "About This Mac" it will tell you there.

You will also have to be on Snow Leopard, the reason for this is that Lion will only be available via download from the Mac App store, so if you are still on Leopard, now may a good time to upgrade.  If you are on Snow Leopard (10.6) then make sure you have got the latest update from Software Update 10.6.8.  The first thing it lists on the software update page for this is 


  • Enhance the Mac App store to get your mac ready for lion.


Also you should update to 10.6.8 as it also cleans out the Macdefender Malware if you were unlucky enough to get infected by it.

The last thing I will mention before you upgrade to Lion is make sure you have a good backup before you start, personally as well as my time machine backup being right up to date, I would also ensure I have a cloned backup , I use Super-Duper but you could also use Carbon copy cloner.

As always I am always interested in your thoughts so if you have any comments or feedback then please feel free to add any comments, or you can mail me  here.

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