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paladin47 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I spent half a day downloading and installing Lion today.

 

All my Microsoft Office applications are now unusable.  This is unacceptable!!!  It is more important to be functional with my apps than to have a fancy new OS that doesn't allow me to work!!!

 

So, please, how do I uninstall/remove and go back to Snow Leopard?


MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8), N/A
  • 1. Re: How do I remove Lion and go back to Snow Leopard?
    TheSmokeMonster Level 4 Level 4 (3,240 points)

    you'll need a to do a fresh install with the disk that came with your computer and depending on how old it is update it to SL. You'll loose everything unless you backed up your computer via time machine previous to upgrading.

     

    you could also get look into iWork as that does everything office did. You could also look into updating your office setup. the latest MS office I think is compatible with Lion. http://www.officeformachelp.com/2011/07/microsoft-announces-lion-compatibility-f or-office-for-mac/

  • 2. Re: How do I remove Lion and go back to Snow Leopard?
    paladin47 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This is BS.  You have no idea how terrible this is.  Why isn't this little FLAW all over the net.  I would never have upgraded had I known this.

     

    It would have save $30, and it would have been well worth it.

  • 3. Re: How do I remove Lion and go back to Snow Leopard?
    thumper_net Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    least you have not lost your windows partition due to lions recovery hd add on like i did , lost all my data as the only option was to format the windows side of the partition and do a fresh install , lion is crap as it has lost all my photos which cant be replaced , probably why there have been 2 updates for devs on lion in the last few days , for me alittle too late

  • 4. Re: How do I remove Lion and go back to Snow Leopard?
    Julian Sanchez Level 2 Level 2 (365 points)

    I'm very sorry Office stopped working for you.  Apple did mention that non-Intel applications (such as Microsoft Office) wouldn't work under Lion.  You still have a few options:

     

    • Upgrade to Microsoft Office 2011.  I have that version under Lion and runs just fine.  This is the more expensive option for you but also the quickest and least painful.
    • You can look at iWork which is Apple's version of word processing, spreadsheet management, and presentation creation.  If you work with many people that strictly use MS Office files this may not be the best option for you, as I've seen formatting changes between files/computers.
    • If you have been using Time Machine, restore back to before you upgraded to Lion
    • As other posters mentioned, do a fresh install from the DVD that came with your Mac.  This is the most time-consuming option for you.

     

    I hope this helps!

    Julian

  • 5. Re: How do I remove Lion and go back to Snow Leopard?
    paladin47 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    And BTW, the latest Office is not completely compatable with Lion.

  • 6. Re: How do I remove Lion and go back to Snow Leopard?
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,350 points)

    thumper_net wrote:

     

    least you have not lost your windows partition due to lions recovery hd add on like i did , lost all my data as the only option was to format the windows side of the partition and do a fresh install , lion is crap as it has lost all my photos which cant be replaced , probably why there have been 2 updates for devs on lion in the last few days , for me alittle too late

     

    I guess you chose not to backup your SL installation before upgrading then?

     

    Lion did not lose your photos, you chose not to ensure their safety during an operating system replacement, having said that please go to your pictures folder and right click on iPhoto Library, choose 'show package contents and go to the folder labelled 'originals' they should be in there.

  • 7. Re: How do I remove Lion and go back to Snow Leopard?
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,350 points)

    Restore the backup you made prior to replacing your entire operating system

  • 8. Re: How do I remove Lion and go back to Snow Leopard?
    Julian Sanchez Level 2 Level 2 (365 points)

    That may be the case.  I have been able to open up many Word documents, Powerpoint presentations, and Excel spreadsheets without issues though.

  • 9. Re: How do I remove Lion and go back to Snow Leopard?
    The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,880 points)

    MacIntouch Lion comments:

     

    The Office for Mac team recently posted a blog post concerning Lion compatibility. You can find that blog post by following the link below:

     

    http://blog.officeformac.com/office-for-mac-2011-and-mac-os-x-10-7-lion/

     

    You can find more information concerning Lion (10.7) compatibility on the following KB article:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2586538

     

    http://www.macintouch.com/readerreports/lion/index.html#d23jul2011

  • 10. Re: How do I remove Lion and go back to Snow Leopard?
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,350 points)

    paladin47 wrote:

     

    And BTW, the latest Office is not completely compatable with Lion.

     

    Address that complaint to the authors of Office for Mac, Microsoft.

  • 11. Re: How do I remove Lion and go back to Snow Leopard?
    thumper_net Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    This is not true iphoto cant access windows on another partition , when lion has unmounted it , and as there is no way to remount it ( because the recovery hd screws up your 2nd partition ) i would not have upgraded to lion if i knew i had to also back up my whole windows partition , apple know this is a problem as 100's of people have lost thier windows partition due to the lion upgrade , this problem happened on both my macbook pro and my wifes white macbook , we both lost the windows partition which ment reformating the windows with bootcamp and starting again, photos were lost and this is apple fault , they should have this as a requirement on the info over lion , an expensive system , lion should be like windows which runs old software , knowone should have to pay $300 again for office just to have the over hyped lion upgrade , a total apple fail on this one , simular to all its beta firmwares us ios owners suffer from as well , you expect perfection from apple not half baked software full of bugs

  • 12. Re: How do I remove Lion and go back to Snow Leopard?
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,350 points)

    Choosing not to backup was your decision, why blame Apple or Microsoft for that. Choosing to do it twice is frankly unbelievable.

     

    Backup is something you should do all the time, even more so when making radical alterations to your system I am sorry you don't like the answer but that is life.

  • 13. Re: How do I remove Lion and go back to Snow Leopard?
    KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (37,765 points)

    Quit screaming at us in big red letters. WE ARE NOT APPLE! We are users.

     

    If it's so important to you, then WHY did you upgrade to a .0 release Operating system without bothering to do some basic research first?

     

    Upgrade office to something less than 7 years old.

  • 14. Re: How do I remove Lion and go back to Snow Leopard?
    jsamu50901 Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    Firstly, there has been a lot of warning that older software, which needed Rosetta to work on Intel machines, would not work with Lion.  Microsoft Office 2004 is unusable altogether; 2008 will work, but the Installer will not work, so you have to have working versions of the 2008 software.  Office 2011 works fine.  You could buy 2011 and it will access all your old Microsoft documents.

     

    Secondly, you should have a bootable clone of your disk as it was before you installed Lion.  If you had such a clone, you could boot from the clone, erase the main disk, and then copy your clone back over to your main disk.  I've done this twice now.  I tried Lion for a few days.  Didn't like it.  Went back to my Snow Leopard set-up.  Today I reinstalled Lion and tried it some more.  Still problems.  So back to Snow Leopard.

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