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1. How easy is it to install? I am used to totally reformatting PC's and installing windows & drivers from scratch, is it any different to this? Easier / harder?
I upgraded to Leopard on my Mac Pro on 12/27. It is FAR easier to install from scratch than Windows because you DON'T have to worry about drivers.

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2. Will ALL of my files, documents and applications remain present, working and installed after the installation, or will I need to back all of these up?
If you do an archive install all your apps and docs should remain intact -- have a backup just in case something goes wrong. I assume you know Mr. Murphy? (Murphy's Law -- if something goes wrong it will do so at the most inopportune time).

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3. Have apple fixed the big problems with it yet (blue screening) or shall I wait until they fix them?
I've been running Leopard on my MacBook for awhile -- did a clean install and haven't run into any issues with blue/grey screens.


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4. Are there any more precautions I need to take before I install?
If you're an iTunes user, make sure you deauthorize the computer before reinstalling -- even if you're doing an archive/install, just in case (see Mr. Murphy above).

Make sure you have saved/exported your bookmarks for the same reason above.

Make sure you have all of your e-mail configuration information, web page userIDs & passwords.

Make sure you have any registration/license keys for applications you have purchased.

Make sure you have exported your address book and iCal data as this is not easily recoverable from your home directory data.
a) Address book - From file menu choose Export > Address book archive. Save the file to your home directory. Import that file after new install is complete.
b) iCal - From file menu choose Back up iCal and save to your home directory. Import that file after new install.

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5. if I have downloads pending in transmission or another torrent client, will they be erased?
I guess it would depend on what type of install you perform. If an archive/install goes well I don't see why your pending downloads wouldn't still be in the same state they were in before the Leopard install.

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6. Will I have to set up my internet connection again?
Depends on what type of install. My internet connection "just worked" after a clean install on my Mac Pro.

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7. Will my dock remain as it is, or will I have to re-organise it?
Again, depends on the type of install. I performed a clean install, so I took screen shots of everything that I wanted to duplicate on the new system so I had a reference point. Might seem anal to do something like that, but if you want to fully recover something it's worth the effort (I think).

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8. Will my favourites in firefox stay the same, or will they be deleted?
See #4. It really depends on the install you do. An archive/install should keep everything intact (again, Murphy's Law applies).

General observations from my recent install experience:
1) If you have a good backup of your home directory AND have exported bookmarks and other data (see #4 above for address book & iCal) you shouldn't have a problem with recovering after install.

2) If you want to keep your keychain from your old installation I would recommend reading-up on how to do that before you start. This is something I didn't think about and while not really a problem for me it did cause a bit of extra work on the back-end of the install.

3) iPhoto and iTunes were really easy to recover as long as you use the standard (Apple suggested) file locations in your home directory. You may have to tweak preferences after the install. Again, take screen shots if you want to make sure everything is "just right" after the install.

4) Unplug all external drives and peripherals before starting the install. I just turned-off my external drives so the OS couldn't "see" them. I'm not sure what problems this may cause, I've just seen posts where other have recommended doing so.

5) I had the luxury of keeping and rebooting to my old Tiger install on my Mac Pro because I installed to a new drive -- otherwise I would have lost my address book and iCal info. Be mindful of the applications you use and how/where they store their data. If those apps have a special export function to save the data -- make sure you have the data exported or you'll likely lose it if something goes wrong during your install.

Hope that helps. Good luck on the upgrade.
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