6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 14, 2012 8:32 AM by Sheryl Smith-Rodgers
Sheryl Smith-Rodgers Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

On my iMac 3.06 GHz Intel, I have OS 10.6.8. I've downloaded Mountain Lion (took 12+ hours) but haven't installed it yet. I'm trying to make sure I can still use my old HP OfficeJet 5610 printer and applications like Word 2008 and Quicken Essentials 1.7.2 and others. Plus I have OLD OLD ClarisWorks/AppleWorks documents that I still want to at least be able to open. I think I've settled all those potential hassles and am at the brink of installing OS 10.8.

 

But I'm still hestitant to do so.

 

P.S. What do you do with all the old operating software? I've still got Classic 9 on my machine. Is there a safe way to delete stuff like that? Can I just drag them into CleanMyMac and let it uninstall?

 

Advise me if you dare.  :-)

 

sheryl


iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7), 10.6.8
  • 1. Re: Are you glad you upgraded to Mountain Lion?
    baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (60,115 points)

    If your machine can run Classic, then it can't run Snow Leopard or the newer ones. I solve the problem by maintaining bootable volumes of the last three OSs. Then, when I want to computer, I use SL. The other two are for playing at being an iOS device, which I don't do much of since there are no other of those toys hanging around.

  • 2. Re: Are you glad you upgraded to Mountain Lion?
    Sheryl Smith-Rodgers Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    I found a work around so I can open old Clarisworks/Appleworks files back to 2000 using Word 2008 and 2011. Think I'm ready to upgrade to OS 10.8 now.

     

    Here's what I'll do if I need to open an old file:

     

    Open Word, then go to Open under File. After that window opens, under "Enable," click "All Files." Then choose your old file. A new window that says "Convert File" should open. Select "Recover Text From Any File." Then OK. Another window should open..."This file needs to be opened by the Recover Text......" Click OK. Your old file will open with only a little gibberish at the top and bottom.

  • 3. Re: Are you glad you upgraded to Mountain Lion?
    Tom in London Level 4 Level 4 (1,585 points)

    Q: Are you glad you upgraded to Mountain Lion?

    A. Yes, because Lion was a disaster. And there are still things wrong with ML, such as Mission Control, which is worse than useless if you have a lot of windows open and you're looking for one particular window. It worked perfectly in Snow Leopard so what smart*** thought the new ML version was better?

     

    Example: just this morning I was working on something and suddenly needed to write an email. Then I needed to interrupt writing the email to refer to something else. When I'd finished doing that I couldn't find the email I was working on. I had to start closing all my open windows until there was nothing left except Mail - that was the only way to find it. I have to do this all the time, since Mission Control became Apple's great new invention. A great way to interrupt someone's workflow and make everything take longer.

     

    There's other stuff too but if I mention it, the fanbois will respond by scolding me for not falling on my knees in admiration of the fact that Apple's intelligence is superior to mine

     


  • 4. Re: Are you glad you upgraded to Mountain Lion?
    Sheryl Smith-Rodgers Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    Hmmm. Well, I guess I'll see how I like it. I've worked out my "issues" about upgrading and am gonna do it today or tomorrow. Thanks for weighing in, Tom!

  • 5. Re: Are you glad you upgraded to Mountain Lion?
    Tom in London Level 4 Level 4 (1,585 points)

    A word of warning about Word 2008: it still works in ML but the other day I found that with some files,  it crashed instead of saving (and didn't save). The same thing didn't happen with Word 2011. Maybe it was just those particular files (which were created by someone else on a Pee Cee)

  • 6. Re: Are you glad you upgraded to Mountain Lion?
    Sheryl Smith-Rodgers Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    Thanks for the heads up!