7 Replies Latest reply: Jul 18, 2013 8:33 AM by emelki1968
emelki1968 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello,

I just purchase Lion OS X, not Mountain Lion. My computer is a white 2008 MacBook and I couldn't install the latter.

I purchased Lion because I want to try and use IBook Author to create some books and maybe later apps using my curriculum ( I am a Spanish teacher). However, before I install it I have some questions and doubts.

1) Is it possible ( and easy) to install it and them uninstall Lion OS from my last backup?

2) I have the Microsoft Office suite running in my Snow Leopard OS. If I install Lion, could I still use it? If not, Is is possible to go back to my last backup and use it?

3) my computer has 2GB, which is the minimum recommended. Can anybody tell me if it is going to run slower than know. If so, do you recommend me to buy 2GB of ram? Is easy to install or should I take it to an Apple store?

 

I hope somebody can help me with this issue that I have right now. I truly appreciate any input, feedback or information.

 

Thank you/ Gracias.

 

Luis

  • 1. Re: Should I install and how to uninstall Lion .
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,775 points)

    1. Make a bootable backup of your current system. Restoring a backup is the only way to "uninstall" a newer system version.

     

    2. Yes, as long as it's Office 2008 or 2011 it will work with Lion.

     

    3. I would suggest upgrading to the maximum RAM for your model which is 6 GBs.

     

    Maximum Memory6.0 GB (Actual) 4.0 GB (Apple)
    Memory Slots2 - 200-pin PC2-5300 (667MHz) DDR2 SO-DIMM
  • 2. Re: Should I install and how to uninstall Lion .
    emelki1968 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am sorry for my ignorance Kappy, but a "bootable backup", how is that different from a regular backup? I usually backup my computer every two months. Should that be ok?

    Should I install Lion and if I see that it goes slow buy more RAM or should I buy the RAM before because it is going to create problem even with the install?

    Should I go the the Apple store and it is easy to do it by myself?

    I already have Lion OS ready, but I don't want to do anything until I have all the information.

    Thank you very much.

  • 3. Re: Should I install and how to uninstall Lion .
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,775 points)

    A bootable backup is essentially any disk that contains an installation of OS X capable of booting your computer. I generally recommend cloning your startup drive:

     

    Clone using Restore Option of Disk Utility

     

      1. Open Disk Utility in the Utilities folder.

      2. Select the destination volume from the left side list.

      3. Click on the Restore tab in the DU main window.

      4. Select the destination volume from the left side list and drag

           it to the Destination entry field.

      5. Select the source volume from the left side list and drag it to

          the Source entry field.

      6. Double-check you got it right, then click on the Restore button.

     

    Destination means the external backup drive. Source means the internal startup drive.

  • 4. Re: Should I install and how to uninstall Lion .
    emelki1968 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you very much for all the infomation given.

  • 5. Re: Should I install and how to uninstall Lion .
    emelki1968 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello again.

    I just did what you said in case something happened during the installation of Lion OS. If it goes wrong, how do I install Snow Leopard again? Any suggestions?

    Thank you, and onc again, I am sorry for my ignorance with this?

  • 6. Re: Should I install and how to uninstall Lion .
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,775 points)

    Boot from the clone you made, erase the internal drive, then restore the clone using the same tool with which it was made. Just switch the Source and Destination.

  • 7. Re: Should I install and how to uninstall Lion .
    emelki1968 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Understood.

    Thank you very much for all your help.