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    Jan 27, 2007
    Is it easy to update from DVD?
    I have a mac mini running 10.4 that I was trying to connect to bluetooth speakers and they won't work. Googling around I saw on another forum someone suggested that 10.5 would solve the problem. So I have a retail 10.5 dvd, can I just throw it in and go through the setup process? Do I have to boot to it? I know a backup is always suggested before something like this but do I have to worry about losing settings?

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    chscag's Avatar
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    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    You have to boot the mini with the Leopard retail DVD. When you get to the installation menu, choose "archive and install" in order to retain your previous data and settings. Backing up before updating the OS is an excellent idea.

    See the following Apple KB article to learn about "archive and install" Link


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    Member Since
    Jan 27, 2007
    awesome, thanks chscag

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    Dec 20, 2006
    Lake Mary, Florida
    15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
    Do note that you can also do an upgrade, but that is not the preferred method for installing Leopard. Unfortunately, straight upgrades have proven to be unreliable. An 'Archive and Install' gives you the benefits of doing a clean install without losing any of your data or settings.

    Also, before you do this, check to make sure that all of your applications are up to date. I recommend a program like AppFresh to do so. Some applications have been updated for Leopard compatibility.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    Member Since
    Jan 27, 2007
    backing up now,

    thanks all, this place is a goldmine of advice

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