11 Replies Latest reply: Mar 22, 2010 12:25 PM by Dale Weisshaar
Mag1975 Level 1 Level 1
I absolutely love Apple especially the iMac and iPhone. I bought my iMac nearly two years ago. Can anyone advise me as to if it would be an advantage to upgrade to Snow Leopard or perhaps another upgrade to my OS X (10.5.8). Although I love Apple I I'm not very clued up on their operating systems.

Many thanks in advance

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8), iPhone 3GS
  • Richard Segedi Level 4 Level 4
    If you don't relish learning a new system and that's your reason for holding back on upgrading, then fear not. There's not much new to learn in Snow Leopard. Basically it is a reworking of Leopard to make it run smoother, more efficiently and a bit faster. It's not very expensive to upgrade this time and I thought it was worth it when I did it. I say go for it but of course it's your call.

  • Mag1975 Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks Rick, I don't mind learning a new system especially if I have the latest operating system. Is snow leopard a download or a new disc that you can buy from somewhere like Amazon.

    Many thanks

  • BenRector Level 3 Level 3

    Welcome to the Apple Forums. Keeping software/operating systems up to date can have some big advantages especially as improvements are constantly being made & any issues that are discovered are ironed out. Deciding when to upgrade can be a personal preference depending on how much you use your Mac & whether the versions of software you are running are meeting your needs or not.

    Whenever you perform an upgrade (especially a major one), it's worth checking that any 3rd party software that you use will be compatible once you have upgraded.

    Backing up your data before an upgrade is very important...if you have an external Hard Drive, you can copy your files/photos/videos etc etc on to it should you encounter any problems. Alternatively, making CD's/DVD's of important stuff will work equally. You can also make a clone of your computers Hard Drive. Even if you aren't upgrading, keeping copies of files etc is very important in this digital age.

    I recently upgraded to Snow Leopard & can well recommend making the move. For more info on some of the new features & improvements, check out http://www.apple.com/macosx

    Good luck.

  • Richard Segedi Level 4 Level 4
    Snow Leopard is not a download. You have to buy it. In the U.S. it costs $29 but in the U.K. it might be a bit more. Yes, you should be able to get it at Amazon or any local Apple store or reseller. Once you get it check for updates to bring it to the latest version (10.6.2). And heed what the other poster pointed out. Back everything up first before upgrading.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9
    Classic Mac OS
    Make sure your Mac is compatible first:


    Then check if all your software and hardware is compatible, and then follow the steps of this FAQ*:


    - * Links to my pages may give me compensation.
  • MartinR Level 6 Level 6
    The real question to consider is - why do you want to upgrade if you already have a well running system?

    All current and recent releases of Apple software (including iTunes, iLife, Aperture, Final Cut, Logic, etc.) work fine under Leopard (10.5.8). They do not require Snow Leopard.

    Nothing against Snow Leopard. I am running it myself on an iMac and it's fine. But in the normal course of the day I do not see any differences compared to Leopard (10.5.8) on my MacBookPro.

    Two differences to be aware of, however - drivers for a lot of older HP and Epson printers were dropped in Snow Leopard; and QuickTime X, while a nice player, is less functional than QuickTime 7 and there is as yet no Pro version of QuickTime X.
  • Alexandre Level 3 Level 3
    Hi Mag1975,

    in addition to - especially the second last post (compatibility) - I'd recommend it. I have bought it for both my 2006 (Intel) Macbook and my (2008) MacPro. Both machines do run more efficiently, however, quite a few applications require updates.
    Quicktime 10.0 is the latest addition (you can still access your old QT pro as you cannot edit your movies in 10 the way you could in V 7).
    There is always a question: "it ain't broken - shall I fix it"? But I have no regrets and the machines work and boot faster than with Leopard.

    Good luck with whatever you decide.
  • Mag1975 Level 1 Level 1
    Thank you SO much everyone. I feel so much better regarding my decision on Snow Leopard. As everything is working well I'll just check out the websites kindly given to me in this post and then decide.

    Again, many thanks for your time.

  • Dale Weisshaar Level 6 Level 6
    Before you install it......

    Try using Disk Utility to do a Disk Repair, as shown in this link, while booted up on your install disk.

    Let us know what errors Disk Utility reports and if DU was able to repair them. Disk Utility's Disk Repair is not perfect and may not find or repair all directory issues. A stronger utility may be required to finish the job.

    After that Repair Permissions.

    No need to report Permissions errors....we all get them.

    Also, make sure all your apps. are ready for the switch.

    Download this free Snow Leopard Compatiblity Checker and install it.

    Handy and it scans your drive to only check the apps. on your machine.





  • Mag1975 Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks Dale, oops I didn't see your message and I have already loaded Snow Leopard. Anyway so far so good as I haven't had any problems. I just loaded the Snow Leopard disc and everything seems fine so far.

    Thanks everyone for all the help and advice.
    Kind regards M
  • Dale Weisshaar Level 6 Level 6

    You can still run the Snow Leopard checker to make sure all your apps. are updated and compatible. It even helps you get the updates.