Install Yosemite????

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OK this is my second attempt with this post. The first one didn't go for some reason. I have a ;
MacBook Pro, 13 inch, Mid 1012.
2.5 GHz Intel Core i5.
4GB 1600 MHz DDR3.
Intel HD Graphics 4000 517MB.
OS X 10.8.5 (12F45)

I bought this last year along with iPads in hopes of interesting my mom in social networking and communicating with family and friends. Not much success with that so far but I have become interested in switching from Microsoft.

Thus far I have only "surfed the web" with this machine. I have been reading and trying to learn more about Apple products. This site is great although much of the discussions are beyond my understanding. I have installed AdBlocker, Ghostery and Adwaremedic so far and am considering 1Password. Also looking into an external drive for backing up system.

Now to my question. Should I upgrade to Yosemite now? How best to go about this upgrade? I worry that it's too new and still has bugs to be worked out. Also worried that I might not have the expertise to complete the install properly.

Any help and/or suggestions welcome.

Thanks
 

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Upgrading to Yosemite is easy. Download it from the Mac App Store and follow the installation instructions. It's pretty much automated. Make sure though that you do a complete backup of your system before doing the upgrade. You should be making backups anyway - right? ;)

Yosemite is up to 10.10.2 now which means that the glitches have been patched. I've been using it from day one without any problems at all.
 
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Thanks for the reply. Seems I need to purchase a back-up device and learn how to do it before I make any moves. Something also new to me.

I did just read a lengthy thread about upgrading which left me concerned. Mavericks might be a better first step.

Ultimately, each move I make is a leap of faith. I have little knowledge and precious little time to deal with issues. I do not use a computer (much) for work leaving me only leisure time to get educated and explore.

So much to learn and so little time. I do like this site and am picking up things each time I visit. Hope i can contribute someday.
 
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You can no longer get Mavericks. Apple withdrew it when Yosemite became available. Like Administrator chscag I also started using Yosemite since the Beta release back in July and it is rock solid and fast. Suggest you increase memory to 8GB as Yosemite, and Mavericks, are bits of hogs.

Also a hard drive in an external caddy is the way to go to backup. Consider yourself very fortunate you have not had a major setback as all hard drives will fail some time or other.

Had them brand new out of the box D.O.A, platter and SSDs.
 
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I have exactly the same machine as you except that I have 16GB of RAM and Yosemite has run smoothly for me with one exception ... occasional Bluetooth refusal to connect with peripherals. Doesn't happen all the time, but it happens. Bug report has been filed.
 

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