2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 24, 2013 12:29 PM by Grant Bennet-Alder
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I have a desktop MAC OSX Leopard. I want to upgrade to Quicken 2007, install Snow Leopard, download iLife'11.  I heard that Quicken and Snow Leopard can clash..........that is why I am upgrading Quicken. What would be the best order of installing these products.  I have gotten defferent opinions and I want to be sure I install them correctly.

Thank You.

MacG5, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • Kappy Level 10 (263,335 points)

    First, install OS X, then install your third-party software.


    How to Install OS X Updates Successfully


    A. Repair the Hard Drive and Permissions:


    Boot from your current OS X Installer disc. After the installer loads select your language and click on the Continue button. Then select Disk Utility from the Utilities menu. After DU loads select your hard drive entry (mfgr.'s ID and drive size) from the the left side list.  In the DU status area you will see an entry for the S.M.A.R.T. status of the hard drive.  If it does not say "Verified" then the hard drive is failing or failed. (SMART status is not reported on external Firewire or USB drives.) If the drive is "Verified" then select your OS X volume from the list on the left (sub-entry below the drive entry,) click on the First Aid tab, then click on the Repair Disk button. If DU reports any errors that have been fixed, then re-run Repair Disk until no errors are reported. If no errors are reported click on the Repair Permissions button. Wait until the operation completes, then quit DU and return to the installer. Now restart normally.


    If DU reports errors it cannot fix, then you will need Disk Warrior (4.0 for Tiger) and/or TechTool Pro (4.5.2 for Tiger) to repair the drive. If you don't have either of them or if neither of them can fix the drive, then you will need to reformat the drive and reinstall OS X.


    B. Make a Bootable Backup Using Restore Option of Disk Utility:


      1. Open Disk Utility from 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. Check the box labeled Erase destination.

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

          Destination entry field.

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

          Source entry field.

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


    Destination means the external backup drive. Source means the internal

    startup drive.


    C. Important: Please read before installing:


      1. If you have a FireWire hard drive connected, disconnect it before installing the

          update unless you will boot from this drive and install the update on it.

          Reconnect it and turn it back on after installation is complete and you've


      2. You may experience unexpected results if you have installed third-party system

           software modifications, or if you have modified the operating system through

           other means. (This does not apply to normal application software installation.)

      3. The installation process should not be interrupted. If a power outage or other

          interruption occurs during  installation, use the standalone installer (see below)

          from Apple Downloads to update.  While the installation  is in progress do not use

          the computer.


    D. To upgrade:


    Purchase the Snow Leopard Retail DVD.

    Boot From The OS X Installer Disc:


          1. Insert OS X Installer Disc into the optical drive.

          2. Restart the computer.

          3. Immediately after the chime press and hold down the "C" key.

          4. Release the key when the spinning gear below the dark gray Apple

              logo appears.

          5. Wait for installer to finish loading.

          6. Follow instructions.


    After installing Snow Leopard you should update it by downloading and installing Mac OS X 10.6.8 Update Combo v1.1.

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 9 (55,350 points)

    MacG5, Mac OS X (10.4.7)

    If that equipment line is correct, your Mac cannot run 10.6 Snow Leopard, as it is Intel-ONLY.


    If it is actually a Mac Pro Xeon processor, you can proceed directly to 10.6 from the "Full Retail" DVD with gusto.


    Quicken 2007 only needs an update before continuing to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. The US$15 update also runs under 10.6 Snow Leopard, and I have been running updated Quicken 2007 under 10.6.8 for several months.