I've had no problem using Migration Assistant, but I understand your concerns. You don't want "issues" stopping you from a smooth install.
The first thing you might want to consider is this: under the worst situation, which is preferable, reinstalling everything from scratch (which would take a long time) or trying to troubleshoot an imperfect install? For most users, I suspect the latter would be easier. And Migration Assistant works perfectly the first time, you won't have any worries.
However, I believe talking to an Apple Tech would be best. If there's a problem, it would probably be with only a few applications (if that), so try to determine the potentially challenging ones.
Hi and thanks for these replies! Poikkeus1, i think you're right, that it'd probably be far easier to go ahead and run the MA - and, deal with any incompatibilities or isolated software installation problems i might encounter on a 'case by case' basis afterward - BabyBoomer - thanks for the reference links - I see that i have a lot of options to sort of be selective about exactly what i want to move - and that there's sort of an automatic process wherein MA places the incompatible applications in a unique folder that could be dealt with separately - so i'm inclined to just get rolling... actually based on the instructions it's appearing i probably don't need any tech support to move forward on it. THanks again!
Baby Boomer, or others.... can you help me answer a few questions:
I have a 2009 MBP - running 10.7.5.
I have ordered a new rMBP (with Maverics of course) and want to transfer over my old MBP stuff to this new one.
I have read the links above, but I still have questions. My questions are:
1. Is this best to do this right at the begining using Setup Assistant or wait until the new rMBP is up and running and then use migration assistant later? Sounds like if I wait, I will create two different acounts - which I don't want.
2. I thought the new rMBP has to have the latest software installed to get best results... how would this happen if I use set up assistant right from the get go (i.e. how will new rMBP get any updates first)?
3. Million dollar question.... when you name your home folder at start up... you only get one chance right?? Will this name be coppied over to the new rMBP home folder or will I have a chance to name it separately?
Really appreicate any help!