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Take Control of Upgrading to Mojave

Book Description

Smooth your transition to Mojave!

macOS 10.14 Mojave improves performance, fixes bugs, and adds new features. But upgrading from an older version of macOS can sometimes be a confusing and frustrating experience--especially if you're currently running a much older operating system, or if you encounter unexpected hiccups in the process. In Take Control of Upgrading to Mojave, Mac expert Joe Kissell outlines a process that will take the stress out of upgrading, showing you how to make the switch more efficiently and in the way that's right for you. Learn what you need to know before you begin, how to prepare your Mac and make backups, and be ready to make decisions about questions that arise during and after installation.

In this book, you'll find out more about further changes Apple has made to the APFS file system in Mojave (and what they may mean to you), along with possible impediments to upgrading--including minimum system requirements, software incompatibilities, and lack of disk space--and how to resolve those issues.

The book explains in detail how to...

  • Start fast: A Quick Start overview helps you read lightly or more deeply, depending on your needs.
  • Take in the view: Find out what you can look forward to in Mojave.
  • Check for compatibility: Make sure your hardware and software are ready for Mojave and consider whether this is a good time to buy new hardware, even if it's not essential for your upgrade.
  • Back up: Avoid upgrade anxiety by ensuring you can return to the previous state of your Mac--and that you can boot from your backup. Joe provides steps for carrying out this essential task in Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper!.
  • Pick a plan: Go for an easy in-place upgrade or consider a more complex clean install. Find out which option is right for you.
  • Install: Download and store the installer where it won't be deleted, with special tips for people who want to install on multiple Macs or who have bandwidth limitations. And, although running the installer will be easy for many people, you'll find full steps for what to click and when.
  • Do a post-installation tune-up: Make sure your new system is running smoothly by completing important housekeeping tasks and making a few key decisions.
  • Troubleshoot: Yikes! It is possible that something will go wrong during installation, or that once you've booted up under Mojave that you'll encounter a serious problem. Joe's time-tested troubleshooting advice will help get your system working again.

In addition, this book covers a number of new Mojave-specific topics:

  • The good and bad aspects of Apple's changes to the APFS file system
  • Changes to Setup Assistant, what the new screens mean, and how to handle them
  • New, possibly confusing, and definitely annoying alerts asking you to grant accessibility, automation, and full disk access
  • Adjustments to the ways macOS can look for and install software updates
  • Huge changes to the way Mail handles plugins, and how to deal with them
  • Safari's revised approach to extensions, and what to do if your favorite extension won't load
  • What's new, added, removed, and rearranged in System Preferences
  • What to do if you run the Mojave installer, restart, and find your Mac is still running your old version of macOS
  • Revised instructions for downgrading to your earlier system if that becomes necessary

Table of Contents

  1. Read Me First
    1. Updates and More
    2. Basics
    3. What’s New in Version 1.2
    4. What Was New in Version 1.1
  2. Introduction
  3. Mojave Upgrade Quick Start
  4. Take In the Scenic View
    1. Find Out What’s New in Mojave
    2. Catch Up with macOS Changes
    3. Learn About APFS
  5. Check Your Mac for Compatibility
    1. Model Support
    2. RAM
    3. Firmware Updates
    4. Free Disk Space
    5. Recent Bluetooth Hardware
    6. OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or Later
  6. Back Up Your Disk
    1. Why You Need a Duplicate
    2. Prepare for a Duplicate
    3. Create a Duplicate
    4. Test Your Duplicate
  7. Clean Up Your Mac
    1. Update Your Third-Party Software
    2. De-Clutter Your Disk
    3. Run Disk Utility
    4. Update Your Duplicate
    5. Consider Disabling Encryption
  8. Decide on an Installation Method
    1. Plan A: In-Place Upgrade
    2. Plan B: Clean Install
    3. Pick a Plan
  9. Make Final Preparations
    1. Turn Off Anti-Malware Software
    2. Obtain the Installer
    3. Copy the Installer to a Safe Place
    4. Make a Bootable Mojave Installer Volume
    5. Update Your Duplicate (Again)
    6. Turn Off (Yes, Off) Automatic Duplicates
    7. Make a Copy of This Book
  10. Upgrade Using Plan A: In‑Place Upgrade
    1. Start the Installer
    2. Select a Destination
    3. Plan Your Next Vacation
    4. Finish Setup Assistant
    5. Check for Proper Operation
  11. Upgrade Using Plan B: Clean Install
    1. Start Up from Your Bootable Duplicate
    2. Erase Your Disk
    3. Run the Installer
    4. Use Setup Assistant
  12. Perform Post-Installation Tasks
    1. Respond to Immediate Questions
    2. Handle Software Updates
    3. Review the Incompatible Software Folder
    4. Deal with Other Surprises
    5. Final Software Advice
  13. Troubleshoot Upgrade Problems
    1. Can’t Run the Mojave Installer…
    2. Can’t Select Installation Volume…
    3. Installation Fails Silently
    4. Mac Won’t Start Up Under Mojave…
    5. Finder Crashes or Hangs…
  14. About This Book
    1. Ebook Extras
    2. About the Author and Publisher
    3. Shameless Plug
    4. Credits
  15. Copyright and Fine Print
  16. Also by Joe Kissell