Install Mavericks Tutorial: Mac OS X 10.9

For those of you who were waiting to upgrade to Mavericks, the “.1” release is out (Mac OS X 10.9.1) the 10.9.2 release is now current as of 14 April 2014 (and 10.9.3 is likely coming soon).  Clients have been asking, so here is a short-hand tutorial for installing Mavericks. As always, check to make sure the applications you rely on are ready for Mavericks, and if in doubt, wait!  For those concerned, the 10.9.1 release addressed Mail.app issues with Gmail mail account syncing.  I think it’s a good time upgrade, assuming the business-critical applications you use are Mavericks ready.

See this suite of articles from MacWorld for in-depth recommendations, advice and information about preparing for, installing, and using Maverics: Installing OS X 10.9 Mavericks: Our complete guide

Below is my short-hand tutorial for clients who use a SuperDuper! bootable-clone backup system. If you don’t use SuperDuper!, then replace your own backup system in this tutorial. If you don’t have one, it’s time to get one! Please contact us for a consultation.

– go to the Apple Menu in upper left of your screen > Software Update
– App Store will open to software update.
– install all updates to your CURRENT SYSTEM, do NOT download and install Mavericks (10.9) yet EVEN IF PROMPTED TO DO SO.
– restart
– log in with the shift key held down (if you have automatic login enabled, then you will need to log out from the Apple Menu and then log back in with the shift key held down)
– open Disk Utility
– choose your internal hard drive on the left menu inside the Disk Utility window
– choose Verify Disk.
– if it finishes and says “Disk appears to be OK,” then continue

*** If it finds problems with the disk, say ok, and contact me — you will need to boot from the Repair Partition and run Disk Utility again to Repair Disk. ***

– choose Repair Permissions
– shut down, and let the computer sit for a minute
– start up, and log in with the shift key down (if you have automatic login enabled, then you will need to log out from the Apple Menu and then log back in with the shift key held down)
– go to the Apple Menu (upper left) > Software Update
– if there are any more updates to your current system, install them.
– if there are no updates to your current system, then it’s time to
– backup via SuperDuper!  Allow the backup to finish, and shutdown (most will have SuperDuper! set to shutdown automatically. In this case, just boot normally after SD! has shut the computer down).
– login with the shift key held down.
– now, it’s time to Install Mavericks:
– go to the Apple Menu > Software Update. There may be a banner at the top of the Updates window that says “free upgrade to Mavericks” if so, click it. If not, go to > Featured on the top left of the App Store window, Mavericks will be featured on the right and/or bottom. See picture at the end of the post.
– click on Mavericks wherever you find it
– click instal
– the file will be around 5.3GB, so it will take some time to download, depending on the speed of your connection.
– follow the prompts to instal Mavericks.

Installation will entail:

– an initial install preparation phase of around 15 minutes or less

– then it will say to Install the software the computer needs to restart.

– after it restarts, it will take somewhere between 25-40 minutes in the final phase of installation 

– when it boots up after installation, it will ask you to log in with your Apple ID and will setup your new installation
– when your desktop has appeared and the computer has finished booting,
– log out from the Apple Menu at the top left, and
– log in the with the shift key held down
– go to apple menu in upper left > Software Update
– App Store will open to Software Update.
– install all updates
– restart
– log in with the shift key held down
– open Disk Utility
– choose your internal hard drive on the left
– choose Verify Disk.
– if it finishes and says “Disk appears to be OK,” then continue

*** If it finds problems with the disk, say ok, and contact me — you will need to boot from the Repair Partition and run Disk Utility again to Repair Disk. ***

– choose Repair Permissions
– restart
– log in normally (no shift key held down)
– use normally
– do NOT back up to the SuperDuper! clone for a while. Backup to a different hard drive if possible, or if not, do not back up at all for a while (a week? or more?). We need to keep the old backup in case there were issues with the upgrade and install.

App Store Featured Mavericks