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Is it a good idea to upgrade from Lion to Maverick? I have read some not-so-good reviews about Maverick. I am tempted to upgrade….. Should I? Let me add that I am very happy with my Lion….

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Which Mac do you own? Once we know that, we can say whether or not Mavericks will even run on your Mac.

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Rule one ignore 90% of what you read on the 'net. If your Mac can handle Mavericks, it is a faster operating system than Lion.

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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I have a MacBook Pro (Retina Display) that I bought in Jan 2013.

Processor - 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7
Memory - 16GB 1600 MHz DDR3
HDD - 512 GB
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1024 MB
OS X 10.8.5

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That should run Mavericks nicely! Mavericks is, IMHO, stable and quick.

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That should run Mavericks nicely! Mavericks is, IMHO, stable and quick.

Do you advise a clean install or update from the App store…
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Many are advising a clean install. I did a clean install when I moved from a regular hard drive to an SSD. Prior too that I think I installed Mavericks via an upgrade. Haven't had problems either way.

If you are experiencing any kind of system hiccups try a clean install. Otherwise you are probably OK with an upgrade. In both cases the installer comes from the app store.

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I've done both and both seem to work well. The one big advantage of a backup/clean install/restore is that it takes care of any disk fragmentation that may have built up over time.

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I always do a clean install. Download Mavericks and make a bootable 8GB USB thumb drive and use it like a normal DVD, hold down 'C' etc.

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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Many are advising a clean install. I did a clean install when I moved from a regular hard drive to an SSD. Prior too that I think I installed Mavericks via an upgrade. Haven't had problems either way.

If you are experiencing any kind of system hiccups try a clean install. Otherwise you are probably OK with an upgrade. In both cases the installer comes from the app store.
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Update:

I upgraded to Mavericks 2 days ago without any issues at all. The download took roughly 14mins, and the install ran for about 25mins. Rebooted, and all has been well (knock wood).

I notice improved speed in the performance, as well as the new features.

Thanks everyone for all your help!
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Wait till you check out how much more battery life you have now. I got an extra HOUR off this old 2009 unit!
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