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OS X Lion upgrade: Smooth, quicker than expected

Apple's download-only distribution for OS X Lion could have been and upgrade nightmare, but Bill Detwiler installed the Mac OS in under 45 minutes and with no problems.

After last week's rumors of an OS X Lion launch fell through, I was happy to see Apple release the new operating system, and several revamped Macs, today. I won't get a crack at the new Air or Mac mini until tomorrow, but I decided to install Lion this morning. I'm happy to report, the process went off without a hitch and was faster than I expected.

When Jobs and company announced that OS X would be available only as a download through the App Store, I was prepared for the worst--lengthy download times, transfer timeouts, incomplete files. I'm happy to report that my fears were unfounded--at least in my case.

After accessing the App Store and purchasing Lion for $29.99 (US), I started the download. At first, I wasn't sure Lion was actually being transferred to my machine. A small lion on the Dock with a blue progress bar, was the only activity indicator. I clicked the icon a few times, to see if it would tell me what percentage of the new OS had been transferred. But alas, my actions did nothing. All I could do was wait. Luckily, I didn't have to wait for very long. I started downloading OS X Lion at 10:07 and the process finished at 10:25.

Once the transfer was complete, the installation wizard popped up. After telling the installer to begin, accepting the EULA, selecting the HD, and entering my admin password, the process began. On my 2011 MacBook Pro with 128GB SSD and Intel Core i7 CPU, the installation took less than 15 minutes--reboot included. That's a combined time of under 45 minutes for purchase, download, and install.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

11 comments
flotsam70
flotsam70

by comedian Dennis Miller: "Sure, the lion is king of the jungle but airdrop him into Antarctica, & he's just a penguin's bitch." :P

Gis Bun
Gis Bun

There was already a blogger who said his install took around TWELVE hours! [and some Mac users laugh at some Windows upgrades] Already reports of issues with various CS5 [and CS4?] apps from Adobe, and a few others. Great testing...

Ian Wright
Ian Wright

Very smooth experience. From go to whoa in about 45 min's including download time. After a day I can say of the migration "it just worked". Haven't tested all my apps yet but main ones work fine. 2008/9ish Macbook Pro - my second machine because I was wary.

Rodeny56
Rodeny56

I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, BidsNew.com

AFanner
AFanner

I have purchased and installed the new operating system. I do not believe it could be any easier, within about 50 minutes it had downloaded and installed with no problems at all. If only all upgrades where this easy

johnpall
johnpall

Fact remains that Lion will take on both linux and Windows and rip them apart!

johnpall
johnpall

Judging by the silly Simpsons type pic(or whatever other cartoon) you don't have a clue!

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

I use Adobe CS5 (mostly Photoshop and its related components) and didn't experience any trouble. I was asked to download and install a new Java runtime element, but the process took about 30 seconds and everything works.

Tshawn
Tshawn

Your bidsnew is bad news... very poorly rated site my dear Rodney. We remember the saying: If it sounds too good to be true, than it probably is!!! Funny the security people TechRepublic didn't catch on to your thread.

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