OS X Mavericks is here. It’s awesome, it’s free and now you’re ready to install it. (If you don’t know what Mavericks is, read our post about Mavericks first.) Before you rush ahead, you need to follow a few simple steps to make sure your upgrade goes as smooth as possible.

Mavericks App Store1- Check if you can upgrade –  You’ll need to be running OS 10.6.8 (or newer). Read our “Can I upgrade?” blog post for details.

2- Back it Up! – Resist the urge to ignore our multiple
warnings to have a recent backup of your work. There are several off-site backup options including Time Machine with an external hard drive as a local backup, and Mozy or CrashPlan as an off-site backup.

3- Update Your Current Software – Be certain that you’re running the most recent version of the operating system you already have. This is easy to do. From the Apple logo in the menu bar, select ‘Software Update’
and apply any updates that you have waiting. If you are still operating OS X 10.5 Leopard, you will need to purchase a copy of 10.6 Snow Leopard from the Apple Online Store.

4- Download Mavericks from the Mac App Store – Follow this link to the Mac App Store and locate the download for Mavericks. Bask in the beauty of the zero dollars and zero cents price tag. Click it and begin
your download.

5- Run the Installer – When the download is complete, the installer will open. Save your work before continuing and have something to keep you busy. You won’t be able to use your computer while it runs. If you’re not ready to run the installer now, don’t worry. You can close it out and find it again later in your Applications folder. Depending on your computer, you should set aside about 30-45 minutes for install time.

6- Log In and Experience the Difference – Once the installer is finished, your Mac will automatically boot into Mavericks. You don’t need to worry about the installer taking up precious hard drive space. It will delete
itself automatically.

Again, if you ran into any problems or need more clarification, we’re only a phone call away. Call us at
(716) 823-3085. You can also stop by our store in Williamsville, located in the Eastern Hills Mall.